Dyck, Helena

Helena Dyck (nee Bergen)

1918 – 2014

DyckHelenasqOn Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, after a brief illness, Helena Dyck aged 95 years passed away peacefully with Nettie by her side.

Helena, our mother, grandmother and great grandmother was born July 13, 1918 in Osterwick, Russia. Her parents were Jacob and Helena Bergen. She had three brothers and one sister. After completing high school, she married William Dyck on May 2, 1941. Two years after the marriage, with a young baby they were forced to flee into Germany because of the extreme political situation. This was a difficult journey about which she seldom spoke. On this journey, her second child, Margaret was born in a refugee camp in Germany. In 1948, they were able to immigrate to Canada. She was so proud to be here. It was because of her determination and support they family quickly integrated into Canada especially the Morden community and the Bergthaler Church. She loved church and very much cherished her friends in the ladies’ circle. The volunteer work was so important to her. In 1951, Willie was born. She would smile and say, “Now I have a souvenir from each country; Russia, Germany and Canada!” She felt that God had given her a special responsibility since Margaret and Willie had many special needs. Her life was devoted to them and this lead to her becoming very active in the Association for Retarded Children. She enjoyed travelling which they did often, making many trips to enjoy the beauty of Canada as well as visiting family frequently. Due to advancing age and her declining health, she spent the last 2 ½ years at Tabor Home in Morden. The family wishes to thank to wonderful Tabor Home for their loving care provided to Mom. Also thank you for the devoted care they continue to give Margaret.

She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Margaret of Tabor Home, Nettie and Martin Penner of Chilliwack, BC, grandson, Howard and Charlotte Penner of Langford, BC and their two sons, Cole and Liam, granddaughter, Connie and Scott Jones of Castlegar, BC and their children Amanda and Tyler as well as many friends and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, William in 2010, her son, Willie, her parents and four siblings.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Morden Mennonite Church with interment at Southside Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Helena’s memory to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements



#1 Janet from Floral Scents 2014-03-05 11:23
Nettie, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Helen, I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
#2 Elaine Hoeppner nee Dyck 2014-03-06 16:45
Nettie, our sympathy from our family to yours. You don't know me but I grew up with your parents visiting my mom (Mary P. Dyck - passed away in 2000) They were very good friends and my brother Garry took care of their dog while they were vacationing. We could not be there today but think of your family fondly and often. Our sympathies also go to Margaret.
#3 Tina Wolf 2014-03-15 10:22
Nettie, My sympathy to you and Margaret on the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you ladies. It was a pleasure to know your mom. she was such a kind and friendly lady when she'd come for a visit to Gateway Resources to see Margaret and Willie. God be With you during this difficult time.
#4 Brenda Hiebert 2014-03-15 11:24
Nettie, Martin & Margaret,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Please accept my condolences to you all.
#5 John Pauls 2019-02-23 15:36
Dear Nettie, This is a long time after, but my parents, Henry H Pauls and Katie, were so appreciative of your parents. I also viewed your parents as close friends. We remember them with much love. We remember Willie and Margaret. Best wishes to you
John and Mary Pauls

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