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Private family service will take place at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment to follow at the Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Helen's memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 


Helen Doell (nee Peters)
1924 - 2020
 
Helen Doell passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 96 on Saturday April 4, 2020 at her last place of residency (eight years) Salem Home in Winkler, MB. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, only one family member was allowed to visit at one time. Individual family members were screened, temperature read etc., and then were allowed to enter and directly escorted to her room.
 
She leaves to mourn her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Helen (David) Reimer, Shane and Dana; Conrad, Ashley and their soon to be born daughter, Dave (Shirley Friesen), Melissa and Geoff, Asher and Makenna L’heureux, Charity and Jason, Rowan, Keelyn and Jayden L’heureux, George (Debbie), Vicki and Eric Sawatzky, Brian and Rina Doell. Helen was the second oldest of six girls and three younger brothers: Mary (Jake) Klassen, Betty (Jim) Aimoe, Kate (Peter) Klassen, Eva (George) Giesbrecht, Sue (Peter) Thiessen, Peter (Helen) Peters, Jake (Mary) Peters, Bill (Betty) Peters. Helen was predeceased by her parents and husband, Dave (1991), numerous siblings and in-laws.
 
This a short story of Helen Doell’s long life. Helen was born January 19th, 1924 on a cold winter’s day in Mennon, Saskatchewan to Peter and Helen Peters. The family moved to Swan Plain, Saskatchewan to homestead. When her dad passed away in 1937, it became impossible to keep their homestead. The family then moved to Chortitz, Manitoba. Her mom cleaned the Old Colony Church to earn some money to live on. Mom and her sisters hoed beets and picked potatoes in the U.S. to help bring home some additional money for the family. Mom was a housekeeper for many people in various villages in southern Manitoba. Mom and Sister Kate also worked in Winnipeg doing housekeeping chores. Here they met two other sisters, Mary and Tina Doell and they became good friends. Tina and Mary informed mom about a handsome brother they had. His name was David. The two of them hit it off together and after a short courtship, they were married on April 18th, 1947 and settled down in Winkler. Dave worked at a garage and later took it over. Mom worked very hard out of her home – sewing, perms and babysitting to name a few. Many residents of Salem have told us she sewed various things for them years ago. Some of her hobbies were baking, knitting socks for dad, crocheting and later playing scrabble until she became blind. When her eyesight failed, and she could not read any more she listened to the Bible on CD’s.
At home she had a very large garden, growing enough potatoes to last the winter and all kinds of vegetables which she preserved for the winter. She canned pickles, chicken, venison; all for winters use. She had a very green thumb – beautiful roses, pansies and a lot of other flowers. Dave and Helen were very happy, and Mom lived for 64 years on the same yard. In 1971, they could finally build a new house, complete with all the amenities, especially indoor plumbing. As the family grew up, Helen worked at the Winkler Bethel Hospital for 19 years. There she did cleaning, laundry duties and sewing. She designed and sewed many items which the doctors needed and requested. She loved all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always happy when they came to visit.
 
Private funeral service at Wiebe Funeral Home in Winkler with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. Rest in peace. We will miss your smile and the LOVE you shared with us. I will miss calling you every day and singing “You are My Sunshine”. “LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & BACK” We, as a family want to thank all the staff at Salem Home (Cottonwood) for their love and compassionate care. We want to thank Wiebe Funeral for the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc.
 
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