Stobbe, Helen

Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler.  Interment to follow at Winkler Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to Tabor Home Inc.

Helena (Helen) Stobbe
1925 ~ 2018


Helen Stobbe went to her eternal rest on Monday December 3, 2018 at the age of 93. Helen had been residing at the Tabor Home in Morden, MB since early 2007. 

Helen was predeceased by her sisters, Irene of Winkler, Irma of Portage la Prairie, and Willy of Drake, Sk. She leaves in her passing several nieces and nephews; Beverley (Robert) of Parksville BC, Carol (Greg) of Shelter Bay Marina Panama, Tammy (Pierre) of San Remo Australia, Glen (Deb) of Camrose AB, Doug (Lois) of Duxbury Massachusetts. She also leaves sixteen great nieces and nephews and many great great nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her father, Cornelius C. Stobbe in September 1924. Helen was born in Rush Lake SK on March 20, 1925. Her mother, Helena remarried John D. Elias in March of 1927, whereupon Helen and Helena moved to Drake, Sk. In Drake Helen’s mother and new father began a new family in addition to John D’s previous children. The new family grew to include Irene, Irma, and Willy. In March of 1944 the family moved to Winkler, MB to live in a brand-new house her father had built for them. Helen and her mother resided in that house up until 1968. Helen grew to love gardening. She and her mother had a vast garden including raspberries, plum and apple trees. They also had a large vegetable and flower garden area. Helen loved walking and would walk to town most days for the shopping and mail. She also had a great love for singing and spent many years in the Bergthaler Church choir. Years later at Tabor Home Helen always looked forward to the Sunday services with its singing and during Christmas season singing carols in “the big room”. Helen’s love for music didn’t end there. She purchased an organ and spent many years learning to play and loved showing friends and family her accomplishments. Ever since Helen was small, she had a love for dolls and over the many years amassed an interesting collection, all of course with names and clothing she had sewed. She also had an interesting collection of clocks and watches. The clocks would be all set to ring at different times of the day. Helen’s greatest love later in life was animals of all sorts. Thus, she had a huge collection of small stuffed toys who rode along with her in her walker and later in her wheelchair. The most amazing ability Helen had was her memory and her ability with numbers. It was more than extraordinary! She could remember exact dates and the corresponding weather for specific events. She could remember grocery bills with their totals and dates going back decades. She and her phenomenal memory were very instrumental in helping her niece Beverley write a family history a year ago. Helen was also very political. She always watched the news and would like to say she received her monthly income personally from the prime minister at the time. While Helen lived at Tabor Home Helen grew to really enjoy the game of Bingo at which she became very adept and more than a bit lucky! Helen’s favourite colours throughout her life were red and white and so ALL of her clothing had to be in her one of those colours. Over the years Helen made many, many friends at the Tabor Home. Helen will be missed by all who grew to love her.  

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday December 10, 2018 at Wiebe Funeral Home in Winkler with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Tabor Home.  

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


#1 Curt Reimer 2018-12-09 17:42
Helen was so nice to talk too,I knew her when I was smaller in winkler
#2 Marilyn McLaren 2018-12-11 09:51
I enjoyed getting to know Helen while I worked at Tabor Home. She always had a smile for me and was happy to have a visit. My condolences to her family.

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