July 14, 1941 - October 4, 2021
Helen Marlene Bonogofski, 80, of Canby, Or, passed to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on October 4, 2021.
Helen was born July 14th, 1941 in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. She is the second child of Frank & Rosalie Bonogofski. Helen's family relocated to Salem, Oregon where she excelled in art and graduated from South Salem High School in 1960.
Helen had a lifelong love of art and gardening. She worked for Albertsons and Safeway in their bakeries. When an opening became available at Roth's IGA for a cake decorator, she jumped at the chance!
Helen worked for Roth's in both Woodburn and Silverton. During her 29 year career with Roth’s, she decorated everything from baby shower cakes to graduation cakes! She was known as "The Cake Lady" who performed miracles with her wedding cake creations. People drove from Portland to get a cake decorated by Helen and she served generations of families for birthday cakes! After retirement, Helen became a caregiver for several people including her own mother.
As a Christian leader in our family, she was our "Angel on Earth" and will be missed beyond measure. She led her life according to the scriptures in the Bible. She was giving and selfless, as she served others at all times. She was incredibly considerate and was a care taker to all she met that may be in need. She was a long time member of The People’s Church and Salem Evangelical.
Helen adored her grandchildren, Matthieu and Lauren Billadeau. She welcomed a great granddaughter this summer, Eliana.
She is survived by five siblings, her daughter Dana Gee, an adopted daughter Kristina Hargie, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A viewing will take place on Oct. 14, 2021 from 2PM to 8PM at the Virgil T Golden Funeral Service located at 605 Commercial St SE, Salem OR 97301.
A service to celebrate her life is planned for Oct. 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM at The River Church located at 4675 Portland Rd NE STE 190, Salem, OR 97305, with a reception to follow.
Donations can be made in her name to her two favorite charities. Love A Child and Saving Moses