Clysdale, Helen

June 28, 1930 ~ June 10, 2018

CLYSDALE, Helen Marie (Karn) – In her 88th year, of Sarnia, formerly of Courtright passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Beloved wife for 52 years to the late Jackson Heeney Clysdale (2009). Survived by sisters-in-law Mary Karn, Annie (James) Hope, Muriel Marsh, Noreen Marsh and brother-in-law Earle (Joanne) Clysdale. She will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Had and Hazel (Patterson) Karn, sister Virginia (Murray) Taylor and her brother Jack Karn. Helen worked at her family’s store, H. Karn’s Sporting Goods Store in Sarnia for over 40 years. She was also a member of the Polymer Rubber Dollies Baseball Team which won the 1947 Women’s Ontario Soft Ball Championship. Helen was active in the Scouting Movement for many years, a member of the Lambton Sports Hall of Fame and an active golfer and curler.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm from at Courtright United Church. Interment to follow at Moore Union Cemetery, Mooretown.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Courtright United Church or charity of choice.


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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. We always called her “Aunt Karn” as my mother and her Sarnia friends called each other by their last names in their younger days. I have so many fond memories of visiting the Clysedale home as kids where were spoiled rotten. We were always guaranteed a lot of fun and an amazing meal. That tradition continued when my children were young and we visited the house on the river. My most sincere condolences to the family.

  2. In memory of such a beautiful person. It was an honour knowing you Helen. Mom met you first at Landmark and introduced you to us and we will always remember your fun-loving and kind personality. Rest in peace. Sincerely, Doris Ryan and daughters (Maureen, Michelle and Laurie)

  3. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. Helen was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

  4. Our condolences to the Karn family, Mary, Dan, John and Mary Kay on the passing of your Aunt Helen.
    We always enjoyed her company and her genuine sense of humour over the years. John and Karen K.

  5. Sorry for your loss. May all your memories you have help mend your loss. We will never forget her
    She was a very find and generous thoughtful woman. Very sweet lady..

  6. To the family of dear Aunt Helen,
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am currently in Atlanta visiting Amy and have just heard of the very sad news of Helen’s passing. Looking back I have the sweetest memories of Aunt Helen and Jackson during our kids childhood. They loved them dearly and the memories they created together are priceless.
    The last time I saw Aunt Helen a few months ago, she was laughing like a schoolgirl as as she recalled some of the things Tyler and Blake did as little guys. (Picking vegetables from Lynn Randall’s garden and then selling them at the driveway.)
    The hardest part of our move to 697 was leaving Helen and Jackson. Seeing how much they loved the kids meant the world to us and they always held a very special place in our hearts.
    Helen will be dearly missed but I have no doubt she is fishing on a beautiful lake, and smiling with pride, as she watches over all the people she loves.
    So many treasured memories of her will insure that everyone will always be surrounded with her loving spirit. Thankfully those feelings are timeless.💗
    Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of this wonderful women , who was truly “one in a million”
    Love, Sue Pearson and family

  7. Very sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was my neighbor, friend and to be honest a very close family member to myself and my family even though we were not technically related by blood. That said, we loved her and she loved us and she will be forever missed. I have so many memories growing up with Helen by my side that will forever be cherished. Some of our favorite things to do together were fishing and making her famous pickerel lures which always delivered great results when dropped into the St. Clair River. I love you “Aunt” Helen and thank you for all of the incredible memories that you created for my family and I over the years growing up beside you and Jackson.
    Tyler Pearson

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you..sincere condolences…OLLIE AND JANET SMITH