1963 – 2014
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Helen Diane Kreis passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the age of 51, surrounded by her family in Valencia, CA. Born May 8, 1963, in Van Nuys, CA to Coye and Patsy Jensen, Helen grew up in North Hollywood, CA and attended JHF Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, CA. In 1982, she married and started a family. Helen always said her children were her greatest achievement; she was so proud that they are both serving their country.
She earned a Cosmetology license, but soon realized that her heart was in healthcare. First the office manager of a sports medicine group, then office manager for a radiation/oncology facility, Helen returned to school and achieved licensures as an MRI Technologist. For the next 12 years, Helen worked in Lancaster, CA. In 2011, she moved to Elk Grove, CA, joined a mobile MRI unit that traveled to many cities and hospitals. Helen didn't mind the travel as the mobile MRI unit offered patients in remote areas the opportunity to receive imaging services. In 2012, Helen returned to Southern California and began working for Huntington Hill Imaging Center in Pasadena, CA. She was working there when she was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Helen was a vibrant, loving woman who knew how to work hard, have fun, and open her heart to everyone around her. We will all miss her contagious laugh and her joy of life. She is survived by her sons Brandon (Laraine) Kreis and Ryan Kreis (U. S. Navy); grandchildren: Kaden, Nathan, and Hailey; sisters Sue Previtire, Carol Jensen, and Judy Chaisson; brother Dave (Salley) Jensen. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Helen's Life will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel On The Hill, Eternal Valley Mortuary, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321. A reception will follow.
Helen's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and the Palliative Care Team for their compassion and support.
The Signal, July 19, 2014
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