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January 14, 2014 12:04 pm

Helena Angelica De Fina

(Aug. 13, 1963 - Jan. 12, 2014)

Helena De Fina, 50, died suddenly at her home in Powell Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.She was born on Aug. 13, 1963 in Chicago, Ill. She grew up in Wauconda, Ill., and Fountain Hills, Ariz., graduating from high school in 1981.

Helena graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish in 1993. She received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2001.

She married Anthony Polvere on Dec. 3, 1991, in Flagstaff.

Helena worked in community health service, most recently as a prevention specialist at West Park Hospital in Cody.

Her passions included animals, eating Anthony’s Italian cooking, dancing and travel. She taught yoga classes at the Yoga Center in Powell. Helena served as a friendship family for international students at Northwest College.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony, of Powell; her mother, Eva (Quintana) De Fina of Powell; her brothers Fernando De Fina and his wife Lauren of St. Charles, Ill., and Frankie De Fina and his companion Laura of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; nephew Jason De Fina and his wife Angie of Phoenix, Ariz.; niece Ellana De Fina of St. Charles, Ill., as well as two grandnieces and one grandnephew.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francesco De Fina.

A celebration of Helena De Fina’s life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Nelson Auditorium on the Northwest College campus. A reception will follow at the Nelson House on College Drive.

The family asks those wishing to honor Helena to consider donations in her name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), local animal shelters or the charity of your choice.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

10 comments

  • Comment Link January 14, 2014 8:41 pm posted by Sally Belk King

    How blessed I am to have known Helena de Fina. We met at a yoga retreat in Montana many years ago and stayed in touch. She is the reason I came to work at Northwest College and I am ever so grateful for that experience. Helena and her beloved spouse, Anthony, lived nearby in Powell and they frequently had me as a dinner guest. They made me feel at home. Helena--a strong, sassy, smart woman--was a devoted yoga practitioner and she WILL reach her 500 level Yoga Teacher Training certificate in the next realm! Teach those angels how to practice yoga, Helena! A bit of levity: Their dog, Bella, and my dog, Lars were in love. Had I stayed in Powell I think they would have been inseparable, just as Helena and Anthony were. Blessings to you, dear Anthony and all of the Polvere and de Finas. Helena will live on in our hearts and in our souls forever. Rest easily, beautiful One. Rest easy. Love, Sally Belk King

  • Comment Link January 16, 2014 3:09 pm posted by Dom and Steph DiMartino

    Anthony, please know that your NY connection is thinking of you. We are so, so sorry for this tragic and sudden loss. You are in our prayers.
    Dominick and Stephanie Dimartino
    White Plains, NY

  • Comment Link January 18, 2014 12:51 am posted by Guzman Family

    Fernando and Lauren De Fina,
    So sorry for your loss . You are loved and cherished . Our prayers are with you and your family,
    God bless you and hold you in your time of need.
    The Guzman Family

  • Comment Link January 18, 2014 8:55 am posted by Denis

    The De Fina's family from Italy is many loneliness because a piece of our family is come in. I hope that she will can meet my grandfather Mario and all our fathers. Helena, we never forget and we will ever near her hausband Anthony.
    Denis and family...

  • Comment Link January 20, 2014 10:20 am posted by Sherri Meikle

    I am so sorry. I was just getting to know Helena as a new friend through group meditation at the yoga center. She so generously gave of her time, energy and space. She will be missed. Peace LOVE, healing and comfort to her family. Angels are with you.

  • Comment Link January 22, 2014 8:22 am posted by Pilar Quartino

    Helena was a charming, sensitive, generous and full of love for her husband, animals and all that surrounded it. Pity the distance that took us the possibility of sharing other cute moments with Helena and Tony.She will be missed.
    Peace LOVE, healing and comfort to her family. Angels are with you.

  • Comment Link February 03, 2014 7:19 am posted by Lynnette le Mat

    I am so sorry, saddened and shocked. I met Helena at a yoga seminar in Montana two years ago, where we took walks every morning and shared the story of our lives. We were supposed to go to dinner this Thursday in Maryland and I did not hear back from her. I am grateful to have had her touch my life for this brief time and send my deepest condolences

  • Comment Link February 11, 2014 7:14 pm posted by Ann Dan

    We are so sorry to hear of Helena's passing and for the incredible loss to Anthony and her family and to all those who loved her.

  • Comment Link February 22, 2014 7:31 pm posted by Darlene and John Edwards

    We wish to express our sincere condolences to your entire family. We are friends to Fernando and Lauren. I, too, am passionate about animals and will donate to our local animal shelter up here in Wisconsin where I volunteer. May your dear one rest in Peace.

  • Comment Link April 09, 2014 5:33 am posted by fernando

    Thank You Darlene~John, the meek shall inherit the earth, Gods creatures big and small aren't we all.

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