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HELEN STEINKOPF

HELEN KATZ STEINKOPF 1918 - 2005 Helen Steinkopf passed away suddenly at her home in Winnipeg on Monday, May 23, 2005 at the age of 86 years. Beloved mother to Marilyn, Justine, Aliza, Max, Jocelyn and Winifred. Grandmother to 16 and great-grandmother to six. Born and raised in Chicago, she practiced nursing before moving to Winnipeg in 1947 when she married Maitland Steinkopf. It had been a whirlwind courtship. A devoted wife and mother, she was a tireless leader in efforts to better the lives of others, especially intellectually handicapped children and adults. The establishment of group homes in everyday communities was her greatest passion. As part of her commitment, she was instrumental in the founding of the Manitoba Marathon. It has raised millions of dollars for group homes since its inception in 1979. Helen was a determined and relentless campaigner for the causes she championed. There were many. She touched the lives of numerous people and acted as a voice for many unable to speak for themselves. In later years, she focused on Continuity Care to help families plan a safer and more secure future for relatives with a disability - a cause she was working on at the time of her death. Helen had a great love for nature in all it's wonderful glory. She spent many a summer in Riding Mountain National Park conferring with the naturalists and riding the endless miles of trails on her faithful horses, Captain and Patchy. Most people did not know that Helen was just as comfortable sleeping outside in a snow quinzee as she was in her own bed. She loved the Manitoba winter. She loved being active. Helen was an avid traveler. Three days before she died she returned from a trip to Europe where she had been joined by three of her children and one grandchild. Throughout her life she explored most continents and countless countries. An iconoclast - her counsel, pioneering spirit, sense of purpose, inspiration and integrity will be profoundly missed. Donations in Helen's memory can be made to Continuity Care, Endowment Fund Capital Campaign, 2 - 120 Maryland Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3G 1L1.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2005

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