Aunt Helen was born July 31, 1927 to Onofry & Ann Ewanyshyn. Aunt Helen had a wonderful active life. Matt, met Helen while she was cooking at the Birtle Hotel and they were married on June 12, 1947. They lived on the farm for a while before moving to Winnipeg. She was the hostess with the mostest. Anyone that visited their home could not leave without enjoying her great cooking. Uncle Matt proved the dy bozi and Aunt Helen served those pickles to die for.
Aunt Helen took a job at a sewing factory while Matt worked as a Carpenter. They bought a mobile trailer and Matt took a job with Federated Co-op, which gave them the opportunity to travel to: Alberta, Saskatchewan and numerous places in Manitoba, building Co-op stores.
In 1969 they moved back to Winnipeg where they built a beautiful home on Knowles Ave. Aunt Helen was the domestic engineer, as well as planting a huge garden, doing mega canning, pickling and putting her sewing skills to good use. She sewed many fashionable outfits for herself using polyester fabric which was the "IN Material" in the early 70's.
After Matt retired they both enjoyed travelling to places like: Florida, Texas, California, Disneyland, Las Vegas, and many other places in USA and Canada. As well as Hunting, fishing and visiting with family and friends.
In 1999 they sold their home and moved into a 2 bedroom suite on the main floor, on Douglas Ave, so no more stairs for them to climb. They were both officially retired which meant no more carpentry or gardening giving them more time to go fishing and on Casino bus tours. Matt passed away on September 13, 2012.
Now Aunt Helen was on her own.
So she went and bought herself a brand new small white FORD car. That was what she had always wanted and Uncle Matt would not have approved. She traveled to visit her sister Mabel who lived in Brandon at the time. She shopped for groceries, went to doctor appointments and of course as all ladies love to do, went shopping.
In 2015 Aunt Helen's health started to fail. She had a fall and was hospitalized, she returned to her suite but living alone wasn't a good thing even though she thought, she could manage with home care. After another hospital stay, she had an assessment done and Aunt Helen was paneled for Supportive Living at the Rosewood Care Home. In 2016, Aunt Helen was paneled for Personal Care at the Charleswood Care Home. In June 2017, a room came available at the Shoal Lake Morley House PCH so she was moved to Shoal Lake. This made perfect sense as her twin sister Mabel was there and they could spend their remaining years together. On March 20, 2022 Aunt Helen passed away peacefully.
She was predeceased by her husband Matt, siblings: Henry, Rose, Mary, Lionel, Joe, Mabel (her twin sister) and (half brother) Ronnie. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces & nephews. Those who knew her shall cherish the good times shared with her, while she was well. Vitcnya pomnyat
Pallbearers were: Sonnia & Rod Pearson, Karen & Brad Smith, Orest & Cassidy Buternowski
Cross-bearer: ( God Child) Trish Wyatt.
Thank you to the Morley House PCH staff for the dedicated care Aunt Helen received for the almost 5 years she was there.
Thank you to Rae's Funeral Home staff for their wonderful, kind assistance as the funeral arrangements were being made and being sure that every base was covered.
Thank you to the Shoal Lake Prairie Mountain Museum for the delicious luncheon.
Thank you to family and friends for sharing this day with us. Thank you to Father Jay for officiating and Cantor Olga Woychyshyn
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