Helen Lena Ewert

1914 – 2011 

EwertHelenSQHelen Lena Ewert was born February 3, 1914 to Jacob and Maria (nee Franz) Ewert, the sixth child in a family of seven children. They lived in Russia until 1918 and then moved to Schlesien, Germany. They lived in Germany for eight years. In 1926, the family immigrated to Canada, settling on a farm just a little north of Manitou on the west side of Hwy. 244 and then some time later moving to a farmyard on the east side of Hwy 244. This was home for 40 plus years with about 1.5 years spent in Vancouver. In 1971, Helen moved to Morden and then Winkler and lived in a house at first and then in various apartments. In 2007 it was just not possible anymore for her to be on her own, so she moved into Salem Home. Thursday morning, February 24, 2011 she passed on to her long awaited home at the age of 97 years having just celebrated her birthday. 

Growing up on a farm of course, meant that Helen was always busy helping with cooking, laundry, dewing, chores, gardening, canning, etc. So she became an excellent cook, seamstress and gardener. I’m sure we all remember her “zwieback”, “borscht” and “moos”. Helen was also very musical and taught herself to play the piano, organ, guitar and zither. How she loved her new organ! She enjoyed reading and if you ever had the chance to look at any of her books, you would often see three colors of underlining; what was truly important was accordingly underlined! The Bible was by far her favourite book and in her later years, books about the “end times” were important to her. 

Helen was a caregiver. Her siblings married and left home, so she carried on with helping her parents. As they aged, she took care of them to their last day. This also included her great auntie who came to live with them in 1948. Helen loved flowers and her garden and yard on the farm had lots as did her house and apartments in town. She also crocheted and knit. She made many beautiful afghans and gave them to the Red Cross to be raffled off at fundraisers. She also did beautiful embroidery. Everything had to be done to the best of her ability. 

Helen was baptized upon confession of her faith on June 26, 1932. On the front of her Bible, she pasted the verse given to her at the time: Isaiah 12:2. She also taught Sunday School and one of her students has kept in contact with her until the day she passed, even though she resides in B.C. Helen’s faith had taken her through many different circumstances and difficult days. Having faith in God was ultimate to her. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her great aunt, Helen Ratzlaff, her sisters, Katharina, Maria and Susie, her brothers, Jacob, Peter and Henry and their spouses. 

She is survived by her nieces and nephews and Isabel Braun, whom she called her adopted niece. Isabel and Helen developed a strong friendship over a18 years, mutually helping and standing by one another. The last years Isabel spent countless hours being her caregiver. Isabel deserves a huge thank you!! She was there for her right to the end. Thank you also to the wonderful staff at Salem Home. Your job was not always easy so we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts! If friends so desire, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 

Funeral service was held on Tuesday March 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with interment at Manitou Cemetery. 

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