Helen Wall (nee Friesen) of Winkler, MB formerly of Lowefarm, MB went to be with her Lord and Savior at 75 years old at the Carmen Memorial Hospital on Saturday January 21,2023. She went peacefully surrounded by her family. Helen was the second of five children born to Sarah and Jacob J.A. Friesen on March 2, 1947, in Winkler, Manitoba.
Left to mourn her passing is the love of her life, John Wall, along with her children, Rick (Sharon) Wall of Winkler, Mike Wall of Plum Coulee, Lori (Bill) Rempel of Blumenort, and Jen (Daryl) Rempel of Elie, including 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Helen was predeceased by her father J.J.A. Friesen (1994), her mother Sarah Friesen (2015), her brother John Friesen (2019), daughter in-law Shauna Wall (2020), one grandson Isaiah Rempel (1997), and many other brother and sister in-laws over the years.
Helen grew up in the village of Hochfeld, MB on a farm. She grew up milking cows and helping her mom with the household chores. She attended the Hochfeld school until she was 14 years old.
Helen met her husband John working on the beet fields and soon fell in love. They dated 4 years before getting married in 1965. Helen and John lived in Winnipeg, and this is where their son Rick was born. After a short time, they moved to Miami, MB to start farming with her brothers and Dad. This is where their second son Mike was born. Their next move was to Burwalde, MB, where their first daughter Lori was born. In 1973 they moved to the farm near Lowefarm and Horndean. This was very exciting for Helen. She loved the house and was excited to start farming there together with John. Here is where their daughter Jen was born, completing their family. Helen loved being a mother and would have loved to have more children. Due to her huge love of children she and John decided to try fostering and had over 20 children come through their home. Helen loved each one of them and taught them all about Jesus. She wanted all her children, grandchildren, and foster children to know Him. She often had sermons playing on the radio as she did her housework.
Helen was a person with many talents. She was a good cook and amazing hostess. Everyone was always welcome in their home. You would never leave hungry from a visit with her and John. She would always be ready to put on a huge spread for anyone who came for a visit. She especially enjoyed visitors from La Crete, AB. Helen loved to bake buns and cinnamon buns every Saturday when the children were younger and dating. Helen also knew how to sew well and made many outfits for her children. They remember them well.
Helen was a giving person who gave of her time and heart. She would bring food to those in need of a meal, pray for those who were sick or just needed some encouragement and for them to accept Jesus as their savior. She spoke of her concern of the many that needed to know Jesus while she was in the hospital these last five months. She also volunteered at the MCC store, Boundary Trails Health Centre in the gift shop and with the Harvest Valley Maids. She enjoyed the friendships that were formed there. She and John even went to Florida with friends to help clean up and rebuild after hurricane Andrew.
Helen often had to be persuaded to go on a trip, but once they hit the road she loved it and was a willing participant. John loved to travel, and she was his side kick for these adventures. It all started in 1978 when they bought the blue, dodge bubble top van! A camping we would go! It truly was amazing how much food and fancy meals she could fit in there. She didn’t just bring for her family but had lots to share with others in the group.
Next came the trips south of the border. From Florida to California including stops in Tijuana for some good deals! Helen loved to shop, not just for herself but for others as well. They took 10 trips to Florida! Helen said she loved the Magic Kingdom Park at Disneyworld, as it made her feel like a kid again. She was excited to take her kids there! Her and John loved to be tour guides for many of there family and friends, which made the trip even better. Eventually they would try spending three months in the winter in Arizona as snowbirds. They enjoyed the warm weather and new friends they made there.
Helen truly loved shopping. She loved a bargain and enjoyed shopping at MCC, which she would humorously call Macy’s. She would be so proud of her purchase and would love to tell you all about it. If any one in the family needed a winter coat or some other item of clothing she would faithfully go to “Macy’s” on the hunt. She had a good eye to pick out the right size. She loved to bless her grandchildren with work hoodies, t-shirts, baby and children’s clothes or anything she thought they might like.
Helen was an affectionate mom who would always tell her children she loved them and give them a hug. She never failed to tell them to drive safely after a visit and would often call to make sure they were home safely.
She enjoyed the many years of camping at Falcon Lake with all her children. This was an annual trip for 21 years, where they would all meet up for a week of family camp. She especially loved the yearly watermelon and roll kuchen meal together, finished by ice cream floats for everyone! This brought her so much joy!
Helen loved every time a baby would come into the family. She loved to watch her family grow. Even in the hospital when the youngest two great grandbabies would come to visit her, it would bring a smile to her face. Some of her last words to her children were of how much she loved them. She wanted them to know they were dear to her.
The family would like to give a huge thank you to Boundary Trails Health Centre and the staff at the Carmen Memorial Hospital for their wonderful, compassionate care of Helen and to the people who visited her to help make her hospital stay less lonely.
Funeral services for Helen will be held at the Winkler Sommerfeld Church Monday January 30,2023 at 2 p.m. with viewing before the service. There will be public viewing Sunday January 29,2023 at the Wiebe Funeral Home Winkler and a special time of singing, sharing and tributes at 7pm.