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HELEN KOEHN Obituary pic HELEN KOEHN Obituary pic


Born: Sep 16, 1931

Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2020

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September 16, 1931 - February 7, 2020

Peacefully at the age of 88, Helen went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Predeceased by her husband, Victor; she leaves daughter Julie; son Bruno (Shawn), granddaughters, Haley and Bryn; son Vern (Candace) and granddaughters, Lindsay, Leigha and Sidney. She is also survived by sisters, Maria, Martha and Hilda; ten nieces and nephews; and their families.
Born in Russia, Helen's early life was difficult as a result of the persecution she and her family suffered during the war. As Mennonites they were targeted by groups in the Soviet regime who took her father. That left her, the eldest, to help her mother flee westward where they felt they could be safe. Her father Kornelius and infant sister Sina did not survive the war.
In spite of this, she continued her faith in Christ and believed that He would lead them to a better place. They managed to get through Russian lines and made it to a ship that took the family to South America.
It was there that Helen was able to demonstrate her unique characteristics as she began to work in a hospital in Volendam, Paraguay. She was a devoted caregiver who had an infectious smile that made patients feel better by just having her walk into the room. They often requested Helen to administer needles because she had a magic touch and it just didn't hurt as much.
In 1955 Helen, her husband and infant daughter immigrated to Canada. As a result of the language barrier and the obligations of her new family she was unable to continue her education as a nurse. This did not prevent her from continuing to be the most compassionate and positive person you could ever hope to meet. She was truly a giver. Her beauty as a person was remarkable. Helen's last words exemplified her character "I love you, I love you, I love you all."
The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home for the wonderful care they provided Helen in the last 16 months, as well as the friends who visited and prayed with her.
Donations may be made to the Bethania Mennonite Memorial Foundation or the Alzheimer Society Manitoba.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1315 Gateway Road.
While we are saddened by her passing, she will live forever in our hearts.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Condolences to the Koehn family. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute of Mrs.Koehn. Her infectious smile is one of my favorite memories of living across the street for so many years. Her gentle soul will always be remembered. - Posted by: Lee-Ann Baines (Manaigre) (Former Neighbor) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • Dear Julie Koehn and Koehn family, extending our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear mother. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute of her journey through life with personal strength and compassion and the legacy she leaves behind. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Staff and friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Mar 09, 2020

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