It is with a very deep sadness ESC shares this obituary, Helen Mae Cain, long time South City resident, active community volunteer, and mother to our South City photographer Roger Cain.
Please share your condolences along with us to Roger and his family. Our heart to yours Roger, may she rest in peace and her love and memories bring warmth to you and yours.
Helen Mae Cain (Engle)
Jan. 23, 1934-Nov. 20, 2012
Passed suddenly, yet peacefully, while surrounded by family and friends in S.S.F. Helen was born in Berkeley to the late Louis and Myrtle Engle. At age 10, they moved to Maple Valley, WA. She was raised on a farm and developed a deep love for animals. Helen graduated as Valedictorian from Tahoma High School.
Helen worked as a civilian executive secretary for the US ARMY at the Port of Embarkation (WA). At 21, she transferred to Bordeaux, France and later to Heidelberg, Germany. While in Europe, she volunteered her evenings singing to Military Personnel in various clubs.
Helen met her late husband Robert ‘Bob’ Cain (United Airline employee of 40 years, passing in 1998) at a USO dance in Portland, OR. They were married in 1958, settling in SSF, enjoying a loving 40 year relationship. Helen kept active in her church and choir, SSF Boys & Girls Club, various PTAs, SSF PAL, and was dedicated to singing with the Peninsula Choraliers. She also became involved in the Society for Aviation History, USS Toledo Association (CA-133) and as secretary for the Retired United Airlines Employees Association. She loved her garden, fabric painting, traveling, her family, and all of her animals.
Helen is survived by her beloved Children: Roger Cain (Darlene) of SSF, Valerie Brunicardi (Michael) of Burl, and Christine Kunis (Scott) of RWC. Grandchildren: Christopher Jones; Tony, Steven, Andrew, Justin and Nicole Brunicardi; Trevor and Sarah Cziska, Allison and Kelsey Kunis; and her late grandson Dallas Jones. She also leaves her special companion of 8 years Ronald Perner of Burl. and her sweet dogs Hannah Mae and Heidi Ho.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 3PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 1500 Easton Dr., Burl. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Pets In Need (871 5th Ave., RWC, CA 94063).
Comments from Everything South City friends:
Lucy Garrillo-Grubbs: Our condolences Roger….
Angelique Presidente: Very sorry for your loss Roger Cain, your mom sounded like an awesome woman!
Karen Johanson: Blessings and prayers to the Cain family. . .
Denise Lucia Premenko: So sorry for you loss Roger, my condolences to you and your family.
Sonia Cordell: It’s so sad to see this, I was lucky enough to be her neighbor, always sweet and caring, she will be dearly missed
Melody Hutcheson Glines: I knew Helen for many years. Singing in the choir with her. She had a wonderful voice. My condolences to you and your family.
Gail Wilson: My deepest sympathy to Helen’s family. She was such a wonderful person to be around. I will miss her dearly.
Laura Flynn Peradotto: Great Picture of her. She was a great neighbor.
Roger Cain: Thank you everyone, it is much appreciated.
Janel Chrestenson Pearson: My deepest sympathy as well. I had met her and know her daughter Chris.
Matt Moore: She was a beautiful lady, Roger.
Brandi Magner: My condolences Roger and family on the loss of your mom. May she rest with the angels.
Maria Cristina Morales-Hernandez: My condolences. May she rest in peace.
Arturo Tudury: Sorry to hear of your loss. We’ll put you all in our prayers.
Larry Houck: So very sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. I walked that road a few years ago when my Mother passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Eduard Paul: I met Helen in Bordeaux, France in 1956. We had a long friendship and I will miss her dearly! What a beautiful picture of her, always wearing lovely hats! Our condolences, prayers and love to her family……… Yvette Paul.
Rosa Martinez: Sorry for the great Loss. Our prayers to All
Kris Peradotto: What a great neighbor…the Terrace won’t be the same. Thoughts and prayers…
Mary Philipps Beckham: I will always think of you mother when I hear Oh Holy Night. She sang it at Christmas at Hillside Church. My prayers go out to you.
Michelle Cantero Munoz: Deepest condolences Roger Cain (and family). Sending prayers to the Cain family during this most difficult time.
Helen was a professional singer with the voice of an angle. Helen was the best friend that I ever had.
To this day I think of her and all that she has given the world with all her God given talents. To this day her outstanding image remains in my mind and I thank God for bringing her into my life. Her spirit lives on. August 13, 2020
Wish she was with us today!!!!!!!!!
So sorry to hear about your loss Roger. Losing a Mom is the hardest thing.
I still think about my Mom every time I see a woman and her elderly mother at the grocery store.
Wish I was still doing that with my Mom.