Doell, Helen

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.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements


#1 Abe & Lorraine Elias 2020-04-05 14:20
Our condolences, George & Debbie & family; we have fond memories of visits with your mother. What a homecoming for her; let your hearts not grieve for she has gone to be with her Savior!
#2 Verna Towarnicki 2020-04-06 15:35
Dear Doell family
I have fond memories of my visits with Aunt Helen. I enjoyed listening to the bible with her in the times when she still listened a lot. She cared about so many people as we talked. May you be comforted that she is now with her saviour. And may he be your strength and peace in this time of morning. I am so happy that some of your were with her in her last days.
#3 Linda Dueck 2020-04-06 15:40
Our deep sympathies to you George and Debbie and your family.
#4 Thiessen Bernie 2020-04-06 20:30
There are many precious memories that your mom has left behind and we will forever cherish them She was faithful in her reading and listening to scripture and was very knowledgeable about God’s word. As well knew how to live out her Christian faith. Generous ,kind, gracious to name a few characteristics. Please allow God to comfort you as you celebrate a life well lived
#5 Wilbert and Hilda Friesen 2020-04-07 10:01
Sorry to hear of Mrs Doell passing away. A memory I will cherish is singing in Cottonwood dining she singing along with all the old hymns. She seemed so ready to meet her Creator and Savior. You as a family were so faithful in visiting her. And now she has gone way beyond the moon and won't be coming back. Blessings and comfort to you all.
#6 Sharon Klassen 2020-04-07 10:17
So sorry for your loss Helen, Dave & George. I will always remember going to see your Mom and Dad when I was young. She made amazing butter soup. Praying for you all! Sharon Peters Klassen
#7 Jack & Dianne Froese 2020-04-07 10:34
We have fond memories of your mother and your families when we met at Salem, each visiting our mothers!!! Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families as you celebrate a life well lived.
#8 Connie Dueck 2020-04-07 11:01
I am sorry to hear about your mom. My time I spent with her in 1991 was a special time to connect with my aunt and your family. I have fond memories of this time.
I pray that God will bring you peace and strength to move forward.
#9 Larry & Margo Friesen 2020-04-07 11:36
Our sincere condolences to Dave & Shirley and the family.
#10 Joyce & Ray Nicolson 2020-04-07 12:04
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!
Aunt Helen was a very special woman and Aunt. Sending you hugs and love!
Love Joyce and Ray
#11 Anne Teichroeb 2020-04-08 08:24
Sorry for your loss Helen and Family. I had so much fun with your Mom while i worked at salem made lots of raisin toast for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.God bless.
#12 Shirl Wolfe 2020-04-08 09:24
George and Deb So sorry to here of Mom's passing. She was always a very friendly person. It was interesting to hear about the history that made up her life.
The kids insisted that they had to visit her on Helloween even if they didn't go anywhere else trick or treating. My prayers are with you and your family
#13 Cindy Froese 2020-04-08 09:43
My deepest condolences Helen, Dave and family during this time. Your mother was an amazing woman and she will truly be missed.
I will always remember the special times your Mom and I spent together @ Salem..
#14 Harold Klassen 2020-04-08 10:22
Aunt Helen had a rich, full life. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with the family
#15 Len & Bev Funk 2020-04-08 11:27
Sorry for your loss, it was just a little while ago we Celebrated her 96th birthday. We loved her & we know that she will always be missed. Love and prayers to the family
#16 Sylvia Steede 2020-04-08 14:04
I have such wonderful warm memories of Aunt Helen particularly of her visit to us in Richmond. Among other things we went clothes shopping and bought some new outfits for church that the “other ladies had not seen”. She showed the girls and me how to make perogies and regaled us with stories of family back home. With much love, a one in a million.
#17 Judy LHeureux 2020-04-08 15:21
Sincerest condolences to the whole family upon the passing of Grandma Doell . I will always remember her as a very pleasant, lovely lady .
#18 Karen Nicholls 2020-04-09 07:20
May God hold you all in His arms and comfort you. So sorry for your loss
#19 Liz Enns 2020-04-10 11:13
Dave, Charity and family, my sincere condolances on the loss of your mother.
God's peace to you.
#20 George & Shirley Klassen 2020-04-12 13:03
Helen, Dave, George & families, our condolances for your sorrow & pain of goodbyes. So many wonderful memories flood my mind of childhood fun with all of you. Your Mom was a delight to be around. Ours continued prayers.
#21 Janette Sinclair 2020-04-12 19:39
I have sweet memories of Helen when my sisters and I visited Debbie a number of years ago. We were sitting at the table and Helen told us her favorite song was The Church in the Wildwood so we all sang it together. It was wonderful to hear you sing it at the funeral. May God continue to bless you with strength and comfort.

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