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Born: Feb 23, 1920

Date of Passing: Jan 31, 2019

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HELEN ELEANOR BARTOSH It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Eleanor Bartosh on January 31, 2019 at the age of 98. Helen passed away peacefully at Seven Oaks General Hospital after a one-month illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Mary Bartoshek, her sister Stella (Buckowski) and brother-in-law Lou, sister Mildred (Szkolnicki) and brother-in-law Brian. Helen was born in Winnipeg on February 23, 1920. As a young child, she moved into a North End home with her family and lived there her entire life. In her youth, she was active in sports, especially skating, and also enjoyed time with family and friends, travelling with them often. Helen started her career as a secretary in lawyer offices in Winnipeg. After a few months' employment in Ottawa with the Government of Canada in 1941, she returned to Winnipeg to continue work for the Government for 33 years until she retired as a Personnel Supervisor in 1974. Throughout her life, she was recognized and admired for her fashionable style and appearance. She looked after her parents in their final years, and after their passing, Helen remained in the family home. She had a "green thumb" and took great pleasure in looking after her vegetable garden and flowers. Over the years, she "inherited" two cats from a family member and adopted a stray, providing a wonderful home for them. Helen enjoyed cooking, especially traditional Polish dishes, and sharing meals with her family. She hosted and contributed to all holiday dinners with family, as well as hosting many casual Saturday dinners in her role as "Aunty Helen". A pleasant person with a good sense of humour and wonderful laugh, she had a friendly personality that allowed her to make new friends, even in her final years. Her family would like to acknowledge the work and compassion of the staff on Level 3 at Seven Oaks General Hospital. The family greatly appreciates the work of WRHA, Comforts of Home Care, the kindness of neighbours (and the companionship of a neighbour's cats) that kept her happy and healthy and enabled her to remain in her home until a month before her passing. Cremation has taken place by Cropo Funeral Home. A memorial will take place in the Spring, with interment to follow at Holy Ghost Cemetery.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I met Helen when I was a young boy. As I learned that she lived in the same house that my cousins Lois and Paul visited on Boyd Avenue, I would pay special attention when I would walk down Sinclair Avenue from my house to my grandparents place on Mountain Avenue (passing Jeannie's Bakery on the corner of Boyd and Sinclair smacking my lips and drooling for that famous white or chocolate cake with gobs of icing and the shortbread crust as well as Skremetka's Grocery on College Ave where butchered meats were hanging from the ceiling). Pardon my digression. I remember Helen being older than her sister Mildred and she acted like a big sister. She did a lot of things with Lois and Paul but Lois was especially precious to her. Helen was seen as a professional woman at a time when this was not the norm. I think she had the positive qualities of feminism and exemplified them. She was kind but stood up when she felt it was important. Her sister Stella's husband Lou (my Uncle) was a hard headed and strongly opinionated guy who never hesitated to "speak his mind". When he crossed the line, Helen wouldn't hesitate to put Lou in his place. I marvelled at how she could do that without shouting and arguing. She was firm when she had to be and she modelled that quality to my cousin Lois. I was shocked and saddened when my Aunt Stella died and Lois and Paul were left without a beloved Mom at a time that they needed her.. Helen formed a special bond with Lois as she was entering adulthood and gave her the example, love and life lessons she needed and treasured at such a vital time. We are grateful Helen enjoyed a long, productive, adventurous life and was able to live in her family home on Boyd Avenue just about all of her time on earth in the (infamous or proud - take your pick) North End of Winnipeg. May she rest in peace and may her beloved family be consoled as they celebrate and honour the life of this dynamic, determined, compassionate woman. - Posted by: Chris and Gerry Sobie (cousin to Helen's sister Stella's daughter Lois) on: Feb 09, 2019

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