Helene Vukosavljevic passed away in the early morning of May 24, 2023. She was born in Toronto to a Serbian father and a German mother on June 25, 1958, but she was a proud Canadian. First and foremost, Helene was a great mother to her sons Jimmy and Peter, who were her biggest accomplishments in life. Her loving energy radiated beyond her children, however, as many others were blessed to feel her soft touch and caring spirit.
Helene was graceful, strong, beautiful, and caring. She spent more than ten years of her life as a devoted caregiver to her elderly parents - Peter and Olga. Love was truly a central part of her being.
Helene lived a life of service. As a waitress at numerous establishments over the years, she garnered a following of people that appreciated seeing her beautiful smile, uplifting personality, and of course, prompt and professional service.
Helene was also a great neighbour. She would often tend to the street and ensure that it was cleared of snow, leaves, and other debris. Although she lived in the city, she appreciated nature very much and was always happy to spend time gardening and giving plants life.
One of Helene’s most endearing qualities was her sense of innocent curiosity. She was always down for an adventure, traveling the world, reading books, eating a good meal, playing Scrabble or a game of cards, and catching a movie with popcorn at the cinema.
As part of her profound love for the many people in her life, Helene was a master in the kitchen and was always ready to make food for those around her. Over the past several decades during every Christmas holiday she would bake hundreds of cookies for friends and family that would be delivered on her famous cookie trays.
Helene was a great friend to many people, usually younger folks that enjoyed her youthful spirit and fun sense of humour. She also possessed the unique ability to be both a friend and mother-figure in many people’s lives. She never passed judgment and was always very supportive to those that looked in her direction for guidance and advice.
Helene’s soul was truly filled with love, purity, and innocence - something that was immediately apparent to those that crossed her path. Her positivity was also felt by everyone who was blessed to have met her, and she inspired all of us to be the best we can be and lead our lives with love and compassion.
May her loving and caring spirit live on in the lives of those that she touched.
She is survived by her eldest son Jimmy (and his boys Blue and Red); her son Peter, his wife Katie and their beautiful boy Ari - who had a very special place in Oma’s heart; and her brother Alex, his wife Lynn and their children Mara, Nicole, and Peter.
Helene was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on May 29. A celebration of life will be held in her honour on what would have been her 65th birthday. Donations in her memory can be made to Lung Cancer Canada.