By Suzanne Belling
After fighting leukaemia for over 20 years, actress, TV producer/director, comedienne, children’s poet, drama coach, teacher and grandmother Helen Heldenmuth succumbed to the side-effects of treatment and the disease itself on August 5. She was 78.
There were so many facets to her that one could write her biography instead of a word-limited obituary. She had a lasting influence on the thousands of children – now adult – who passed through her hands at the various schools, from HA Jack to Red Hill and King David, where she taught English and Afrikaans.
She was once told by a stranger in a lift that she had a golden aura and would spend the rest of her life working with children. She did, but that is not all.
To her uncountable friends she gave of herself unstintingly and had the ability to keep them in stitches.
Helen wrote and produced children’s musicals and…
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