Helena B. (Polish given name, Hilcha) Garcia, 92, of Bagley, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at the Cornerstone Nursing Home in Bagley.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Bagley with Ray Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Bagley City Cemetery.
The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.
She was born Jan. 5, 1916, to Leo and Francis (Franciscka Wielinska) Bonik in Little Falls, Minn. The family moved to Mahnomen, Minn., in 1917. In 1919, they moved to Stevens Point, Wis. In 1925, the family moved to Falk Township south of Bagley. She grew up on their family farm. She married Olaf S. Olson of Erskine, Minn., in Bemidji in 1935. Following their marriage, they entered the missionary service and helped people learn about God and his purposes. Their ministry included Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kentucky to Louisiana. In 1943, she graduated from the Jehovah's Witnesses School of Gilead, a school designed to prepare one for the foreign missionary service. She and her husband were assigned to the country of Colombia in South America where they spent many years in the missionary service. She was fluent in the Spanish language.
In 1955, she married Dr. Eduardo Garcia, and they made their home in New York City, N.Y. While there, she worked as a nurse for a neurologist at Metropolitan Hospital. They later moved to California and finally to Vero Beach, Fla., where they had a private medical practice. In 1987, she moved back to Bagley to be closer to family. She was a resident of the Villages of Bagley and later at Otterkill Garden Apartments. She enjoyed writing to friends and family members. She was in constant attendance for services at the local Bagley Kingdom Hall, and as a delegate to circuit and district convention. She enjoyed cooking, especially gourmet foods.
She is survived by her sister, Lucille (Steve) (Polish given name, Lucya) Staggee of Minneapolis and many nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Olaf and Eduardo; parents; brothers and sisters; Francis (Polish given name, Franciscka), John (Polish given name, Jan), Alex (Polish given name, Alajei), Elizabeth (Frank) (Polish given name, Elzbieta) Hatfield, Ted (Polish given name, Teofil), Joe (Polish given name, Jozef), Louise (Edwin) (Polish given name, Louisa) Kircher, Mary (Wilfred) (Polish given name, Marooska) Nelson, Peter (Polish given name, Pyoter), Martha (Larry) (Polish given name, Marta) Nelson.
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