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Born: Jun 17, 1930

Date of Passing: Apr 20, 2020

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(nee WIRTH)

After a life well lived and just shy of her 90th birthday, the family announces the peaceful passing of Helen on Monday, April 20, 2020, after a brief battle with pneumonia.
Helen was born in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan on June 17, 1930 to Philip and Mary Wirth. After moving to Winnipeg, she met and married Robert (Bob) Anning on October 8, 1955.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Mary; her husband Bob, her brother Arthur Wirth, and her brother-in-law Bruce Culham.
Left to cherish her memory are her four sons, Daryl (Ann), James (Donald), Bruce (Krista) and Gary (Laura); her six grandchildren, David (Jenn), Justin (Lauren), Julia (Dan), Kayli (Sean), Hayden and Annika; and nine great-grandchildren, Dalilah, Danika, Zoey, Aiden, Emma, Reid, Mackenzie, Spencer and Will.
She is also survived by her sisters, Lillian Culham and Joyce Herd (William); her brother Edward Wirth (Gloria), her sister-in-law Susan Wirth, and numerous nieces and nephews. Family was the centre of her existence and she adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Helen and Bob were wonderful hosts to family and friends and made you feel very much at home. We are left with many wonderful memories made during family gatherings, especially around their swimming pool on Harper Avenue.
She will be sadly missed by the many friends and acquaintances she made over the years. Helen's smile was ever present and very infectious and though it may be gone it is never forgotten. She was truly a gift to us all and lived her life with grace and her faith in the goodness of people. In addition to raising four boys, she also found time to give back to the community. She was President of the All Saints Kinettes, Secretary of the Winakwa Community Club, and a member of Piecemakers Quilters. She was also a dedicated and longstanding member of St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church of which she and Bob were founding members.
On behalf of Helen, her family would like to thank the medical staff of the Grace Hospital for their care and compassion given her during this most difficult of times. Also, thanks to Dr. Henriette Groenewald at Dakota Medical for her care over the years.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
Due to today's circumstances there will not be a formal service at this time.

"Learn from yesterday
Live for today
And Hope for tomorrow"

Don't start a new day with broken pieces
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Publish Date: Apr 25, 2020

(nee WIRTH)
June 17, 1930 - April 20, 2020

Helen passed away peacefully on April 20, 2020, at Grace Hospital after a brief battle with pneumonia.
Helen was predeceased by her loving husband Robert (Bob) in 1993.
She is survived by her four sons, Daryl (Ann), James (Donald), Bruce (Krista) and Gary (Laura), as well as their families.
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Publish Date: Apr 22, 2020

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 22, 2020, Apr 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (24 entries)

  • To Daryl, Jim, Bruce and Gary and all your partners and families: I have many fond memories of your mom, her warmth and her generosity. My earliest memories of her go back to fun summer afternoons in the pool at Harper Avenue, her lovely Samoyed dogs, and her unmatched Sunday roast dinners (with the best Yorkshire pudding in my whole life). There were also the extended family pig roasts in Saskatchewan and the key role she played in celebrations for Grandma and Grandpa. More recently, I was fortunate to have some opportunities to bond with her over a drive to Saskatchewan, a hotel stay during Brittany’s wedding, and occasional phone calls. She was a classy woman, not just in the care she took with her appearance but in the way she treated everyone in her life with kindness. She knew the importance of family and was loved by all. She will be greatly missed but the memories endure. My deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Jody Culham (Niece) on: May 03, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Helen's family. It has been an outright joy and privilege to care for her over the years. I particularly appreciated and admired her infectious smile and positive attitude even in the face of adversity. I will miss her dearly. - Posted by: Henriette Groenewald (Family physician) on: Apr 28, 2020

  • Daryl + Ann, You Mom was always so Nice and her smile could light up a room. She always went out of her way to chat and say Hi . Thinking of you at this time. Cindy + Darryl Einarson and family - Posted by: Cindy Einarson (friend of Daryl + Ann's ) on: Apr 27, 2020

  • It is with such a heavy heart that we say goodbye to such a great lady. Her smile was so warm and infectious and always made you feel welcome. She has touched so many lives and will always remain in our hearts. You will never be forgotten. Heather and Dave xoxo - Posted by: Heather and Dave Fraser (Friends of Bruce and Krista) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • Bruce, Jim, Daryl and Gary, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I will always have fond memories of your mom, her laugh, smile and her strength. My deepest condolences to you all and your families. - Posted by: Leslie Wirth (friend) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • Daryl and Ann, our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Jo and Al Caron - Posted by: Jocelyn caron (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Daryl, Jim, Bruce, Gary and their families on the passing of your mother (Auntie Helen). May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort. - Posted by: Sheldon and Marian Wirth (Nephew ) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • My sincere sympathy to Daryl, Jim, Bruce, Gary and their families. Your mother was a very kind, patient and thoughtful women; and I will always have good memories of seeing her in all those years we lived across the street on Harper Avenue. She was so kind to type all my university essays. My favourite memory is the New Year's Day dinner we had together - the same day my family and Jim arrived back from a Disneyworld holiday (Jim you were 16). Your mother was so amused by the souvenir sombrero you had returned with and wore exiting Canada Customs. - Posted by: Margaret Kelly (Former neighbour) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Condolences to all the family, including Daryl, Gary and Julia whom I worked with. Sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother, she sounds like a wonderful lady. If you guys need anything let me know. Godspeed. Smitty - Posted by: Kevin Smith (Co-worker of Daryl, Gary and Julia ) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We were neighbors who lived behind Helen and Bob for many years and we were surprised and saddened to see that she had passed away. Our condolences to her sons and other family members. - Posted by: Harry and Joanne Roussin (Neighbors from Heather Road) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We were sad to hear of Helen's passing. Such a lovely lady. Our deepest sympathy to the Anning Family. - Posted by: Jay & Shelli Paquette (friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Ann and Daryl, so sorry to hear of Helen's passing at such a difficult time for you to be able to say good-bye. I have lovely memories of Helen being part of my aquasize classes. She was a real joy to be around. Deepest sympathies from Jim and me. - Posted by: Hope Beatty (Former Co-worker/friend of Ann's) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. I remember her so well, and that lovely smile she always had. Keep your memories close. - Posted by: Susan McIvor (From St. Barts) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • My sincere & heartfelt sympathy to the Anning family on the passing of your beloved mom & grandmother. She was so proud of each one of you. My friendship with your mom began through our husbands Bob & Jim. The fellows were great friends in their school days in Manitou, Man. When Jim & I visited Winnipeg we would be in touch with Helen & Bob & would share such a fun evening after a delicious meal that your mom cooked. After your dad died Jim & I would still call your mom on our visits to Wpg. & meet for lunch & a visit. I continued to keep in touch even once I was on my own. We so enjoyed your mom & her friendly, happy manner. She was always upbeat & such a pleasure to be in her company. You will all miss her presence but will have special memories of the many years you were able to share with her. Love & caring to each one of you. Jeannette Ridley. Red Deer, Alta - Posted by: Jeannette Ridley (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to Bruce, Jim, Daryl and Gary. Your mother held a very special place in our hearts. She was such a warm and wonderful person. She and your father were very special to us. Whether it be the late night fire side conversations on the dock at Gordon Lake or the time they drove out to Melville, SK to visit us and our new born daughter, We always were excited to spend time with them. I cannot remember a time when Helen was not smiling, she always seemed so full of life. She was so proud of you all. We will miss her and the companionship she and Mom shared for so long. - Posted by: Barb and Don Bailey (family friend) on: Apr 24, 2020

  • Although I have lost my travel companion, theatre partner, confidant and dearest friend of some 45 years I will be comforted by a lifetime of wonderful memories shared. From having met, of course in a hockey rink where all our children shared playing experiences and also became friends, through traveling and cruising with our husbands, Bob (Helen) and Dave (mine) and even swimming with dolphins, We all thoroughly enjoyed our time together. After having both being widowed at an early age we were drawn even closer, continuing to travel together and enjoying many other activities, including zip lining when we both were in our late 70's! Helen, I will miss you dearly! Our sincere sympathy to Jim, Bruce, Gary, Daryl and their families from mine. - Posted by: Shirley Strang (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2020

  • We are very sorry for your loss during this turbulent time. We were sad to hear of the visiting restrictions necessary to help curb the spread of COVID19, that must have been ever more difficult. - Posted by: Steven, Kirsten, Reese & Dexter Wirth (Great Nephew) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • My wonderful memories of your so kind, thoughtful, generous, loving and beautiful Mom will never fade! Our sincere condolences to Daryl and Ann, Jim and Donald, Bruce and Krista, Garry and Laura and families! Love - Joan David and family - Posted by: JOAN Kidd (Niece) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • I am so saddened to learn of your mother's passing. She had phoned me recently and I really enjoyed talking to her. We were both looking forward to continuing our lunches together once things normalized. She was fun, considerate and a treasured friend. I will miss her - her warmth, her sense of humour and the good times we shared. Judy Smith, cousin - Posted by: Judy Smith (cousin) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences, Gary, Laura, Hayden & Anika.... Last time we saw your beautiful mom and grandma was at your retirement, Gary. She was always gracious and open-hearted. It was always such a pleasure to be in her company. - Posted by: Betty & Arny (Friends ) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • Bruce and family. So sorry to hear of your profound loss and my condolences. My memories of your mother were that she always had a smile on her face and love to laugh, a great sense of humour a wonderful Lady. She will be missed greatly. - Posted by: Randy Zimmer (Friend of family ) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • Gary & Laura, my deepest sympathies to you during this time of loss. - Posted by: Gerry Kozakewich (Friend) on: Apr 22, 2020

  • Thinking of you at this time. My heart goes out to you. Remembering all the family gatherings and time spent at the farm. Mom and I will miss getting together for lunch with Helen. So lucky to have had such a wonderful aunt. - Posted by: Charlene Hubatka (cousin) on: Apr 22, 2020

  • Jim, so very sorry to read about your mother’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and Donald. - Posted by: Ann Roll (Friend) on: Apr 22, 2020

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