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Born: Sep 18, 1929

Date of Passing: May 17, 2020

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(nee BUDZAN)
September 18, 1929 - May 17, 2020

With heavy hearts the family of Helen Korban announce the passing of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Helen (or Halia) was the eldest of two children born to Stephan and Tekla Budzan. She grew up in Point Douglas and attended Norquay School and later, St. Nicholas School. Throughout her life she was very involved in Ukrainian cultural events and activities. Whether it was through church, summer camps, Ukrainian dancing or singing with the O. Koshetz choir, Helen accumulated an amazing number of friendships that would endure her lifetime. In her adult years, she remained active with the Ukrainian community through various organizations such as the UNF, OYK and Catholic Women's Leagues. Her participation continued well into her 80s as she volunteered her time making perogies for the St. Nicholas Women's League and was a fixture at Folklorama's Kyiv Pavilion. Helen's Catholic faith was also very strong and she attended weekly divine liturgy her entire life.
When Helen was in her early 20s, she met a "North End" boy by the name of Martin Korban. They married on May 30, 1953, had three children and enjoyed 48 years of married life.
Helen worked for several years for the City of Winnipeg as a comptroller but, in 1977, she left to join Martin when he opened Korban Funeral Chapel. Somehow, over that time, she and Martin found time to go on several enjoyable cruises. At home, Helen loved to garden and her yard was always beautifully arranged with a variety of bright and colourful flowers and plants.
Helen's biggest joy was her family. She was especially proud of her five grandchildren and always showed an interest in their lives. Not surprisingly, food was big in the Korban household. Christmas and Easter were always celebrated at Helen and Martin's home where generous portions of delicious Ukrainian cuisine were offered. Helen was also known for her Napoleon Torte and Poppy Seed Slice. Likely, every family member has a fond memory to do with some food Helen prepared with them or for them.
Two years ago, Helen moved into the Towers next to Holy Family Nursing Home. She enjoyed having coffee with her friends who lived there. When she wasn't doing that, she was busy in her apartment making another batch of Clodhoppers or Special K marshmallow treats for her family. She would also knit shawls or enjoy some quiet time reading novels. Every Saturday daughter, Joanne, would take Helen to her weekly hairdressing appointment followed by grocery shopping and then a lunch or a coffee. Joanne will forever cherish these special times.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Martin (2001), son Richard (2017), and brother Myro (2005).
Left to mourn her passing are: daughter Joanne (Gerry), son Robert (Sheila) and daughter-in-law Donna; grandchildren, Michael, Breanne, Jay (Sophia), Evan and Stefan, great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Gabriella; and nephew Chris Budzan.
A private service was held and interment took place at Holy Family Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations in Helen's memory may be made to the Lubov SSMI Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Chrystos Voskres

Korban Funeral Chapel
(204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 23, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. May your fond memories help you through this difficult time. I had the pleasure to meet Helen and her husband Martin 20 years ago. They both were patients at the dental office that I work at. They truly were a lovely couple. Over the last few years I have enjoyed many conversations with Helen. I always enjoyed hearing all her cherished moments with her family. I remember how much she enjoyed taking a cruise with her granddaughter. Whenever I went to Folklorama I would look for Helen for another visit. I have been blessed with wonderful recipes and found memories knowing a beautiful person. I will truly miss her. Sincerely, Cindy Gareau - Posted by: Cindy Gareau (friend) on: May 25, 2020

  • We are so saddened by your loss. May fond memories of your beloved mother, baba and great-grandmother give you comfort. It was always a pleasure to see Helen, especially at UNF and the Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion. May God wrap His arms around you all and grant you the support and strength you need to get through this difficult trial. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Вічна їй пам'ять! - Posted by: Sylvia Todaschuk, Rosemarie & John, Charlene & Andrij & family (friends) on: May 25, 2020

  • Our thoughts are with Joanne ,Robert and family at this difficult time. Our thoughts go back to Melrose cc where the Korban and Payne families where tied together for many wonderful and exciting years. The discussions between Helen and Gus on the relative merits of hockey and Ukrainian dancing were legendary. A life well lived. Sincerely Neil and Gloria Payne - Posted by: Neil Payne (Friend) on: May 23, 2020

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