Funeral Service for Helen Schaner, April 9, 2020

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;  he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  I fear no evil; for you are with me;  your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me  in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;  my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me  all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD  my whole life long. 

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1 Corinthians 15: 12-26

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ — whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 


John 14: 1-7

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." 

Sing Along with the Hymn as Printed from our Hymnals: Augs

Sing Along with the Hymn Printed from our Hymnal

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Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;he descended to the dead.*On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,he is seated at the right hand of the Father,and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic church,the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen. 


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Sing Along with the Hymn Printed from our Hymnal

The Words of Commendation & Committal


 In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you, almighty God our sister Helen, and we commit her body to the earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Holy God, holy and powerful, by the death and burial of Jesus your anointed, you have destroyed the power of death and made holy the resting places of all your people. Keep our Helen in the company of all your saints raising her, and all of us to share with all the faithful the endless joy and peace won through the glorious resurrection of Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

About Helen


Prayer of Committal

 Merciful God,

you heal the broken in heart and bind up the wounds of the afflicted. Strengthen us in our weakness, calm our troubled spirits, and dispel our doubts and fears.

In Christ’s rising from the dead, you conquered death and opened the gates to everlasting life. Renew our trust in you that by the power of your love we shall one day be brought together again with our Helen and Art and the great community of your beloved of all times and all places. 

Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Obituary of Helen Gertrude Schaner

Peacefully, Helen Schaner, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Trinity Village Care Centre, Kitchener, at the age of 97.

Beloved wife, for 58 years, of the late Art Schaner (2006). Loving mother of Dennis Schaner of Kitchener, Sylvia (Donald) Statham of Owen Sound, and Tim (Kim) Schaner of Kitchener. Dear step-grandmother of Meaghan (Will) Hunt and Zachary Ulmer, and step-great-grandmother of Mikala and Maxwell Hunt. Lovingly remembered by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families. Predeceased by her parents Alfred and Gertrude (Wideman) Gilles.

Helen was a lifetime member of St. James Lutheran Church, St. Jacobs.

A private family service, with Rev. Karen Kuhnert officiating, will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira. Relatives and friends are invited to view Helen’s live-streamed service on the funeral home website via her obituary notice. Interment will take place at St. James Lutheran Cemetery, St. Jacobs.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. James Lutheran Church, St. Jacobs, or Trinity Village Care Centre would be appreciated.