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Private funeral 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 Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care.
 
 
  
 

 Helena Nickel (nee Friesen)

1928 ~ 2020

Helen Nickel was born to Isaac and Helena Friesen on Oct. 28, 1928 and passed into eternal glory on Nov. 27, 2020 at the age of 92. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma and friend. We celebrate a life well-lived.
 
Helen grew up on a farm near Rosenfeld, Manitoba. She attended school in the Reichenbach S.D. She was a member of the youth group in the Rosenfeld Bergthaler Church and was baptized there as a young adult. The faith she proclaimed on her day of baptism was the same faith she lived out for the rest of her life.
 
Helen worked together with her parents and siblings on the family farm and was later employed at Eaton’s in Winnipeg.
 
On Oct. 25, 1953 she married Peter Nickel. They began their life together in Winnipeg. Here their 3 children were born. In 1961 they moved back to Southern Manitoba. She devoted herself to raising her children, working in the church, volunteering and being a friend to many. She was more than content being a stay at home mom, cooking and baking for her family. She openly welcomed the spouses her children chose, committing herself to pray for their marriages and for the grandchildren that came later.
 
She was very proud of each grandchild’s gifts and accomplishments and gave full credit to Dad for their academic successes. More recently her life was blessed with 6 great-grandchildren who gave her many occasions to smile.
 
Mom always had time for her family. She never wanted to miss an opportunity to visit. Within minutes of walking thru the door we were asked if we’d like coffee and offered something to eat.
 
She enjoyed working together with the other women in the ladies’ group in church. Friendships developed that lasted for decades. She also taught Sunday School for many years and was a dedicated volunteer at the M.C.C. store in Winkler.
 
In 1983 Dad passed away. This was the most difficult time in her life. Determined to be independent she obtained her Health Care Aide certification. Until her retirement she enjoyed and gave of herself to many clients.
 
In the past number of years she experienced a number of health issues. Each recovery was a blessing and she gladly returned to her home in Lions Court. Her last hospital stay though saw her desiring to be finished with this life and ready to begin her eternal life in heaven.
 
Those waiting to welcome her include her husband Peter, grandson Jordan Dalke, her parents, siblings, as well as numerous close friends.
 
Those left to cherish her memory forever are her daughters Dorothy and Reg Derksen, Grace and Irv Dalke, and son Ken and Liz Nickel, her grandchildren Lance and Vickie Derksen, Ross and Holly Derksen, Blake and Sarah Derksen, Kari Dalke and Scott Unrau, Kim Dalke, Christine, Olivia and Katie Nickel, 6 great-grandchildren as well as her sister Teenie. Her absence will also be felt by the extended Friesen and Nickel families, and many friends.
 
Our lives were blessed by her presence, influence and love.

 

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