Visitation Information

Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
July 12, 2019
15:00 - 17:00 / 19:00 - 21:00


St. Monica Church
6405 de Terrebonne
Montreal, Quebec
July 13, 2019
Helen Patricia Rainville Olders, October 14, 1956- July 8, 2019
Surrounded by her loved ones, Helen died peacefully on Monday, 8 July 2019 after a valiant struggle with endometrial and then colon cancer. She was predeceased by her parents, Rosemary Teresa Power and Bernard Célestin Rainville, and survived by her brother, Michel.
Helen's vocation was that of liturgical musician. An accomplished performer on the piano and organ, later in life she also took up Celtic harp. But the instrument that moved us to tears was her beautiful voice, "the voice of an angel" with which she touched so many.
She was a constant in the life of her four stepchildren, Michael Olders (Alice Pita), Jennifer Olders (George Hasrouni), Elisabeth Evans-Olders (Andrew Johnston) and Rebecca Evans-Olders (Omar Burgan); eight grandchildren, and especially her husband of 25 years, Henry Olders. Family and friends have been blessed beyond measure by her bountiful love and caring.
Besides making music, Helen's passions included dancing (ice, tap, Irish, and ballroom), quilting, cross-country skiing, and our "bicycle built for two". Numerous organizations have been highly appreciative of her volunteer activities.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kane and Fetterly, 5301 Decarie, Montreal H3W 3C4. Visitation on Friday, 12 July, from 3 to 5 pm and from 7 to 9 pm. Visitation also in Church on Saturday from 10 am to 11 am A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 13 July, at St. Monica's Parish, 6405 de Terrebonne, Montreal H4B 1A8 , at 11 am, followed by a reception. A musical celebration of Helen's life will take place at a date and venue to be announced.
The family extends profound thanks to Drs. Gotlieb, Batist, and Bahoric and their teams at the Jewish General Hospital, to Drs. Vigano and Lawlor and the Supportive Care Team of the MUHC Cedars Cancer Centre, and the Palliative Care Team at CLSC Métro. Nurse Céline Lacouture of the CLSC team, and many other caregivers, went out of their way to provide exceptional care.
Please consider a donation to the St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre, 2001 Lajoie, Montreal H3S 1V6, to assist it in accomplishing the dream of Helen's dear friend, Father Gerald Sinel.

Messages for the Family of RAINVILLE OLDERS, Helen

From: Peter Boffa

Very sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences to you and your family
From: Theresa Cassell

Dear Henry and family,

My sympathies goes out to you and family. Words cannot express how saddened I am to hear of the passing of Helen. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
From: Marilyn Piccini Roy

To the Olders Family

My sincerest sympathies. Although I never met Helen, I did know Henry and especially Elisabeth , and wish I could have had the opportunity to experience her musical talent about which they had spoken to me.
May those musical memories remain with you as a source of consolation.
You will be in my prayers.

From: Fr. Pat Donnelly

Henry, my sympathy to you and your family at Helen's death!
I fave very fond and good memories of Helen. She was very faithful to our regular masses with the seniors at the Westmount Manor and Place Kensington. She certainly helped make our celebrations special with her harp, piano and her voice.
May you find much comfort in your good memories of time cycling the roads on you bicycle-built-for-two and many others too.
Fr. Pat Donnelly
From: Lesley Wright

My deepest condolences to all members of the Olders and Rainville families during this difficult time, especially Henry and Michel.
Helen was a beautiful person, both inside and out, and I shall always remember and treasure our friendship. I shall miss her smiling face, her intellect, her kindness, her many talents and most of all, our friendship.
A true Angel! May you rest in peace and God be with you!
From: viviane zicherman

dear henry and family
How saddened I am to hear of your tragic loss and my thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this unfathomable time...
fondly, Viviane
From: Patricia McGee

Dear Henry,
My sincere sympathies for the loss of Helen. Such a kind, caring person. She shared her beautiful voice along with you for both my sister Nancy and my dad David funerals. I am forever grateful for that and for having the pleasure of knowing her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of great sorrow.
From: Roch Turbide

À toi, Elizabeth, et à tous les tiens, mes plus sincères condoléances. Sachant tout ce que vous avez déjà vécu, j'en suis doublement attristé. Mes pensées sont avec vous.
From: Keith/Maureen Woolnough

To Henry; Please accept Maureen's and my (Keith) condolences on the passing of Helen. she was a genius and magician on the organ, I heard her play very often at funerals.
she had the personality of an angel and the voice.
May she rest in peace with perpetual heavenly light forever shining upon her.

Maureen and Keith
From: The Ramos Family

Our sincere condolences to the Olders and Rainville families. We knew Helen in the 80s at St. Malachy’s Church where she was the singer/organist. Her voice, her music, her smile and gentle personality had touched us. We are saddened by her passing. May she rest in peace.
From: Lucie Hurtubise

Ma chère Helen, notre rencontre fut brève, trop brève. Mais te connaître a été un plus dans ma vie. Ta jovialité, ta bonté et ton sourire seront toujours dans ma mémoire comme une de ces belles rencontres comme nous en avons peu dans une vie. Tes souffrances sont terminées mais notre peine demeure. RIP ma belle. Condoléances èa toute la famille et aux proches.
Une compagne de claquettes
From: Barbara and Jack Rosenthal

Dear Henry and Family...please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wonderful Helen. She never failed to enquire about our well being and took a sincere interest in others.
Love from Barbara and Jack Rosenthal
From: Barbara Lewis

Oh my Henry, I am so sorry that Helen has died. She was (in my mind, still is) a glorious human being. Full of youthful exuberance, even in the midst of difficult treatments for her cancer. She often laughed about it with me during her singing lessons. On the one hand, she was very ill. On the other, she was here with me in the studio creating beautiful music with her voice. And what a stellar voice she had. She could sing with great power and force. But more often, she sang with a kind of authentic tenderness and depth that brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes she played for herself at the piano and gave me short concerts of gorgeous music. I was sorry that our work together came to an end, as her treatments became too demanding. I'm so sad that she is gone.
A profound loss to you and your extended family. I offer you my deepest condolences. My heart is with you. With love, Barbara
From: Richelle Pigeon

Cher Dr Olders,

C'est avec une grande tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de votre épouse et je tenais à vous exprimer mes plus sincères condoléances à vous et à toute votre famille.
From: Marisa Henriques

Dear Henry, Michel and your families,
Our sincere condolences on Helen's passing. She was a true angel in every sense of the word and a bright light in the lives of so many. I will always treasure the good times we had at the Villa. She will be sorely missed. One of our "Sweet Vibrations" has been silenced. May you rest in peace, my dear Helen.

Marisa and Mario
From: Dr. Eric Davis

So sorry for your loss. Condolences to the entire family. Eric and Elaine Davis.
From: Olga Hrycak

My deepest sympathies to Helen’s family and friends. I met Helen through Father Sinel. I was so fortunate to hear her play and sing. She had such a beautiful and gentle voice, which also truly reflected her personality. She will be missed by too many people to count. May she Rest In Peace. Amen
From: Marina Liberatore

My deepest condolences...Helen will be deeply missed, I feel fortunate to have had known her in my life. It's a terrible loss..
From: Marilyn Bronstein

I am so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. the first time she came to the choir at hope and cope I fell in love with her. she sang like an angel. And she acted like an angel too. Such a generous soul! Always very sweet and not judging me because I sing sooo much worse than her
From: Renée Phaneuf and Claude Bariteau

To Henry Olders (and his family) we want to offer our sympathy. We have had the pleasure of knowing the two of you in Anima Musica and we appreciated a lot your friendship... and your voices! We where even there at your wedding and we are very sorry tor Helen’s premature departure. We are offering you our thoughts and prayers. And friendship.
From: John and Pierrette Hill

We offer our deepest condolences. We are vey sorry for your loss.

Helen's pleasant smile and friendly manners will be definitely missed.

Pierrette and John Hill
From: Elizabeth Liautaud

My sincere condolences to the Olders and Rainville families. I new Helen since the nineties when I was working at St. Kevin's parish and later at St. Monica's parish. Helen was a beautiful and kind person. She was very talented and had a voice of an angel. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and the musical community.
From: Ann Elbourne

Dear Henry, I was saddened to read that Helen has died. I didn't know her very well, but even meeting her quite casually I was struck by her spirit, her beauty and quite simply her niceness. My condolences to you and to Michael, Jennifer, Elisabeth and Rebecca. May you be comforted that she is now free of pain and singing with the angels. Ann
From: Catherine McDonnell

I went to school with Helen at St Malachy's and remember her well. My sympathies to her family.
From: Ann and Louis Mallette

Although we did not know Helen very well, the joy and love that shone in her face left us with an lasting impression. We met after the recital before a St. Patrick's Day mass in the Asension of Our Lord's Parish. She appreciated how we enjoyed her wonderful gift . We spoke whenever we met.
God needed another musician in his choir in Heaven. We like to believe that He chose the best,Helen ,to sit in front of all the other angels with her harp. Our condolences goes to everyone who knew her.
From: Daniel Kraus

Dear Henry,

Deborah and I were saddened to learn of your loss. May we please know of the future musical celebration? And may you be spared further sorrow.
From: Peter -Anthony Togni

My deepest sympathies for the loss of Helen,
I remember so fondly the Sunday Helen and Henry sang with my choir
at St Mary's Basilica.