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Born: Nov 09, 1833

Date of Passing: Jun 08, 2021

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November 9, 1933 - June 8, 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Helen Kwamsoos, June 8, 2021, at the age of 87 years. Helen passed away peacefully, at home, in the company of her beloved sisters and granddaughter, Neva, Barbara and Kresta.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Walter in 2010 and son Wayne in 2015; as well as siblings, Alfred, Herb, Dolores, Phyllis, Charles and James. Helen is survived by her loving daughter Dale (Darryl) and grandchildren, Kresta, Kelly, Zane, Jess (Drew) and Kris (Aimee); great-grandchildren, Ivan, Levi, Maggie, Oscar, Ella, Aiden and Owen; sisters, Neva, Barbara, and brothers, Jerry (Georgeanne) and Darcy (Marjorie); her special family Lori, Jon, Kirstie (Chris) and Chelsey; and nieces and nephews too many to mention.
Helen was the eldest daughter in a family of 11 children, where she acquired the gift of being a loving and nurturing caregiver. She grew up being used to hard work that life in the 1930s and 1940s in rural Manitoba presented. While in High School the family moved to Winnipeg where Helen graduated from St. John's High School. She worked as a clerk at a Drug Store on Keewatin Street and enjoyed her Saturday nights at Patterson's Dance Hall. She spent dance nights with Walter, the love of her life, and they married in 1953. Wayne was born in 1954 and Dale 1955. With Walter in construction Helen spent most of her young motherhood a working single parent but enjoyed greatly the weeks of the year they could all be together as a family. And as always, Helen was never really alone, there was usually a grandparent, a parent or a sister or brother staying awhile. In 1967, they brought their lives together by buying Consumer's Grocery on Logan Avenue. At that time, she became a support to a whole community, emotionally and financially. During that time, they bought a cottage in Whytewold and enjoyed their one and a half days off a week there immensely. After they sold the store in 1978, they soon bought a bigger family home in Matlock. It was there that they got to live their dream, having a summer garden and opening their home and their hearts to not only their children and grandchildren; also, to foster many children. Their house was always open. And it goes without saying Helen's mantra was "everybody eats when they come to my house". Helen obtained her driver's license in her 40s and went on to work for home care. She worked the elections in the Village of Dunnottar until in her 70s. Helen spent a lot of time being a great support to her non-driving girlfriends after Walter's passing. Helen sold the big house a few years ago and moved in with her sisters in Drayton Valley, Alberta. They enjoyed the last few years reunited. Helen had an amazingly big, big heart. For a small woman Helen had the stature of a giant. Magical memories made by Helen will live forever for many.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a charity of your choosing.
A celebration of Helen's life will be announced later when people can safely gather.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Sending you so much love Kresta during such a hard time. Your relationship with your nana was so special and i hope the memories are a small comfort and bring you joy into the future as time passes. Sending you lots of hugs - Posted by: Cynthia Drebot (Kresta's friend) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • I remember Helen weekly getting groceries for my mom Helen, now myself and many families for helping us with credit at her store. Then later on in Matlock my grandparents rented a property from her. She was an inspiration to all and a huge part of alm of Weston Community she will be remembered ❤♥ always condolences Dale - Posted by: David Morley (Childhood weston boy) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • My heart is broken hearing this. Condolences to her family. I grew up two doors away from the store on Logan where Helen and Walter became a major influence in my life. They were kind, generous, caring, and a huge help to our family. They were easily at the top of my list of favourite people that played a part in my life. A story that many people wouldn't know is Helen liked to send bets with me when I went to the track, which I did far too often. We would have discussions about the horses running that day, then she would pick one to bet on; she did amazingly well with her picks. - Posted by: Stewart Hayek (Friend) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • Shelley and I offer condolences to the family. I remember many wonderful visits out at Matlock. Walter (my dad, Helen's uncle) and Fie would keep us connected with the larger family. Helen was such a loving person who always made us feel so welcome. She will be missed. - Posted by: Don Schau (cousin) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Condolences to all the family. Liking garage sales, I went down the street to Mrs Kwamsoos’s yard sale. I immediately spotted the heart-shaped plaque on its stand in her garden. It said “I love my garden”. I asked her if it was for sale, as I told her I, too, loved gardening. She asked me where I lived! When I told her, she said she loved my yard and insisted I take it. It is my keepsake of her. - Posted by: Linda Gillis (neighbour) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Dear Dale, Darryl, Zane and Jess, Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of your mom and grandmother. May the fond memories of her you hold close in your heart help you through these difficult times. Lots of love, Paul and Yolande - Posted by: Yolande Franzmann (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Kresta, my deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your beloved and treasured Grandmother. Your love for her was so evident whenever you spoke of her. You are in my heart. - Posted by: Lynne Wasson (Former co-worker) on: Jun 19, 2021

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