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Helen was a remarkable woman who lived a full and active life. Blessed with good health, both physically and mentally, she was an avid bridge player, a fan of professional tennis and golf, she loved to read and above all, she delighted in the company of her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her younger days, Helen loved to participate in sports and travel. Palm Springs was a favourite destination and she spent many winters there, often surrounded by family and friends. Helen also took great pleasure in entertaining and brought joy and wonderful memories to those who were fortunate to know her.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Beryl and daughter Miriam Segal, and is survived by her children, Don and Sharman Atnikov, Earl and Janis Atnikov and Ron Segal; grandchildren, Nara and Brian Abrams, Adam and Lauren Segal, Samantha, Brenna and Nathan Atnikov, Max Leblanc and Chaim Atnikov; great-grandchildren, Bayley and Matty Abrams, Maiya and Kaylee Segal and Max and Marlow Segal. She will also be sadly missed by brother-in-law Murray Atnikov, sister-in-law Gloria Hendin, and her many nephews and nieces. For years Helen's life was also enriched by a close relationship with Harold Schachter and his children, Joanie and Jackie Rusen.
Helen truly enjoyed her experience living at the Shaftesbury Residence and her family would like to express their appreciation to the friendly and caring staff; in particular to Cheryl and Anastasia, who organized her amazing 100th birthday party.
In memory of Helen, donations would be welcomed to the Helen and Bernard Atnikov Fund and the Miriam Atnikov Segal Scholarship Fund. Both are accessible at the website of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
Funeral services will be Livestreamed by Congregation Etz Chayim at 12:00 p.m. CST, February 17 and details will be posted on the Chesed Shel Emes website.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 17, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
I remember Helen as a warm and friendly neighbour. The entire family was great! My fondest memory is of the many times that I would hang our laundry on her clothes line in the yard (we didn't have one) and she would invite me to help myself to any of the crabapples on her tree. May her family find comfort in their memories of Helen and may she rest in peace. - Posted by: Barb Kay (Former Neighbour) on: Feb 22, 2021
I wish to give my sympathy to the family of the late Helen Atnikov who I have great memories of her and her family from Falcon lake for many summers. I spoke to her on her birthday last year and she was so friendly and kind . I give a special remembrance to Janis who was a friend I looked forward to every summer as our cottage was across from theirs.. My family was the Bernard Rosner family. Wishing all of you wonderful memories . - Posted by: Joan Hargrave (Family friend) on: Feb 22, 2021
Helen and my mother, Elaine Remis, were friends for many, many years until my mother’s passing in 2007. Our parents shared many life events together and always supported each other in good and difficult times. When my son had his Bar Mitzvah in Edmonton, 1996, Helen and Harold along with many other Winnipeg friends came to Edmonton to join in on the celebrations. I was sad to hear of her passing. My condolences to the whole family. Debby - Posted by: Debby Remis (Daughter of Helen’s childhood friend) on: Feb 21, 2021
Dearest Don and Janis, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We were crazy about your mom. I loved her giggle! She was so kind hearted-years ago she met with my sister in Palm Springs to give loving attention during a medical procedure. I am forever thankful to her. Cheers Helen-you will be missed.! Love, Jackie, Jennifer, Ari and Lindsay - Posted by: Jackie Knazan (Cousin by marriage) on: Feb 20, 2021
While I am a distant relative it is also on behalf of my late parents Charles and Jennie who were much closer to Helen and Bernard that I send condolences to the family. My late wife and I were good friends of her late daughter Miriam and her husband Ron during our time in Toronto. May her memory be a blessing. May all their memories be a blessing. - Posted by: MORLEY Fingard (relative) on: Feb 17, 2021
Dear Donald, Janis, Earl and families, I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing this morning, just before her funeral. I’ve known your Mom and Dad as dear friends of my parents, Lorraine and Jack Brownstone, my whole life. I especially enjoyed visiting with Helen on my frequent visits to see my Mother and her lifelong friends at the Shaftesbury Residence. I remember joining them at their dinner table when one of them said she wants to live to 100. The some said “what for?” Well Helen is the one who made it and even knew she did. How wonderful. I continued to visit Helen on my few trips to Winnipeg even after my Mother died because she was always so interested in hearing about my family and so enjoyable to talk to about life’s happenings. Helen was an inspiration to us all, through her positive, youthful outlook, her zest for life and friendly manner. I will miss her and was glad that I could be at funeral online. May her memory be an inspiration and a comfort to all of you. Rochelle Rabinovitz, Calgary - Posted by: Rochelle Rabinovitz (Friend) on: Feb 17, 2021
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