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Helen Zurawel Passes

Published: December 14, 2017 4:26 pm ET

Last Comment: December 16, 2017 1:50 am ET | 7 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The Alberta Standardbred industry is mourning the passing of Helen Zurawel after a brief illness.

Helen, who is the wife of trainer James Zurawel, was in the trucking business and got involved in the Standardbred industry in the 1980s and raced primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Helen worked for trainers Warren Grant and Bill Companion and will be missed in the barn area for her awesome cabbage rolls, perogies and various pies. When asked who she was cooking for, Helen would always smile and say ‘my friends,’ which was the entire backstretch.

Helen is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Donna Dubinsky, Charlene Mitchell and Shelly Arsenault; as well as several grand and great grandchildren.

A celebration of Helen’s life will take place on Wednesday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home, 52356 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Helen Zurawel.

December 16, 2017 - 1:50 amAlways kind; always a friend;

Always kind; always a friend; always a smile; always a hug. We will miss you Helen. Thinking of you Jim, Shelly and families and wishing you peace.

Karen & Carl
Meadowlark Farms

December 15, 2017 - 12:33 pmThinking of you Jim, Shelly

Thinking of you Jim, Shelly and family, RIP Helen

December 15, 2017 - 10:53 amIt's difficult to find the

The Hainings SAID...

It's difficult to find the words to describe this amazing lady. Always there to offer kind words, to listen to a problem, to help in any way someone needed. Helen was such a loving, peaceful, happy lady, she was a blessing to everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Jim, Shelley, Tom, Alysha and the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Harold Haining and Family.

December 15, 2017 - 1:47 amOne of the kindest ladies

One of the kindest ladies I've ever met... It was always nice to meet up & steal a hug from her. My sincerest condolences to Jim, Shelly and the rest of Helen's family.

December 14, 2017 - 11:16 pmOur sincere condolences to

Our sincere condolences to Jim and his family. Helen was a remarkable lady who will be sadly missed by all. Sam and Liz

December 14, 2017 - 7:33 pmSo sad, such a lovely little

So sad, such a lovely little lady. Always quick with a hug when we met up. I will miss you Helen. My deepest condolences to Helen's family.

December 14, 2017 - 6:49 pmOur deepest condolances to

Our deepest condolances to Jim, shelly and family. You are all in our hearts and prayers. I bet she making something for my old man and making him sit down and eat it right now... god bless.
The Don Byrne Stables Inc.

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