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Born: Dec 21, 1934

Date of Passing: Mar 21, 2020

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It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Helen was born in The Pas, Manitoba on December 21, 1934, and passed away peacefully on March 21, 2020, in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Helen and first husband, Vern, met and married in The Pas where their three children were born. They both worked for the C.N.R. until their move to Dauphin, Manitoba in 1969. They ran several businesses together, both in The Pas and Dauphin.
Helen was very involved in the community. Her claim to fame was being crowned The Pas Trappers Festival Queen in 1955. Helen loved her involvement in the curling community and was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of both the Kilty Kurling Klub and Manitoba Curling Association. Helen's hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting and many hours learning the latest in computer gadgets and technologies. She was well connected!
Helen and Vern enjoyed 48 years of marriage and were enjoying retirement when Vern passed after a short battle with cancer (June, 2004).
She found a loving companion in Don McDill whom she married in October, 2007. She always wanted to be part of a large family and she got that when she married Don. They enjoyed many winters together in Texas. Don took very good care of her in her final years as she struggled with her health.
Helen will be lovingly remembered and missed by her husband Don McDill, her two daughters, Bev (Cal) Chute and Donna (Rick) Olsen, her son Bob (Suzanne) Alm, six grandchildren, Brad (Jenna) Chute, Jeff (Kim) Chute, Jamie (Laura) Olsen, Lyndi Olsen, Brenden Alm and Kylin Alm, two great-grandchildren, Owen Chute and Avery Chute, four stepchildren, Laurie (Wayne) Church, Cathy Yakubchak, Karen (Kirk) Dawson and Rob McDill (Laurie), stepdaughter-in-law Laureen McDill, 14 stepgrandchildren, 16 step-great-grandchildren, Helen's three sisters-in-law, Margaret, Violet and Betty Alm, nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren, and her many friends.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Katherine (Hrab) Chapelsky, her loving husband Vern, her only brother Steve, her five brothers-in-law, Andrew, Olaf, Rudy, Robert and Albert Alm, her sister-in-law Linda Alm, her nephew Mark Alm, and her stepsons, Jeff and John McDill.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Helen may be made to Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or CancerCare Manitoba.
The family would like to sincerely thank all the health care workers who cared for her so well.
According to Helen's wishes, a private family interment will take place at a later date.

Sneath-Strilchuk -Dauphin Chapel

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I will never forget June, 8 years ago driving to The Pas to meet Don and Helen for the first time. We pulled up to the cabin and I saw this couple, both white hair sitting have coffee on the deck with the biggest smiles ...... I remember saying to Rob, I want to be just like them when I grow up 🥰 Helen was an amazing woman that was never afraid to Learn something new .... always expanding her wisdom and knowledge. Our last visit was Valentines Day or day after; Rob & I took a drive did a pick up lunch at Mr Mikes in Dauphin as it was hard for Helen to go out ...... we spent a couple hours there ..... Rob in the living room visiting with his dad and Helen and I in her office ..... she was so Organized and she shared so many stories with me that day ...... little did I know or we know that would be the last time I saw her. Many blessings to everyone that Helen touched. She was a Beautiful woman 🙏❤️🙏 - Posted by: Laurie Renton (Daughter in law ) on: Apr 19, 2020

  • I was sad to hear of Helen’s passing. Helen had a big heart and was always willing to help others. When I was in my early 20s a friend and I decided to hitchhike from Winnipeg to The Pas one Friday night. We arrived in Dauphin too late to continue our adventure. Because it was the weekend of the Ukrainian Festival there were no rooms anywhere. Helen took us into her home and the next morning, making us promise never to tell our parents about her role in our adventure, she dropped us off on the highway to continue north. Our parents never did know about this! Helen loved company and loved to laugh. My condolences to all her family. - Posted by: Jo-Anne (Bernstrom) Dawe (Former neighbour) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • My condolences to the family. I knew Helen when she lived in The Pas, shared our love of curling, along with much fun, and our children went to school together. She was a lovely person. - Posted by: Betty Chun (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • Will and I were next door neighbours of Don and Helen in Palm Shadows the one year we were there. We have so many wonderful memories of how they "took us in" and showed us the ropes. My favourite memory of Helen is the day she took me shopping somewhere where she had to drive on the freeway (and I was SO impressed) and she encouraged me to buy an outfit that I wear to this day and think of her every time I wear it!!! Our sincere condolences to Don and Helen's family!! She was a "spunky" person that we came to love very much!! She will definitely be missed!!! - Posted by: Judy Hall (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2020

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