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Born: Dec 13, 1928
Date of Passing: Aug 26, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
December 13, 1928 - August 26, 2021
Helen was the middle child of three to William and Jessie Tureski in Rainy River Ontario. She moved to Winnipeg after completing her high school education to work for Dr. Bachinsky. At that time, he taught her many medical skills and she became a valued asset to his practice. She was introduced to Tom Smerchanski through his circle of friends. They married in September of 1950 and a team they would become.
Together they built Lodge Theatre and began a life of hard work with a stressful pace. The advent of television saw the property repurposed into commercial office space. Today the name still exists.
Mother and father were faithful supporters of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Mother kept a dutiful membership in the Sisterhood serving during service and other activities. She has always been very proud of her Ukrainian heritage, keeping High Holiday traditions for us to enjoy and continue.
In 1978 she began a 30 year service to the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching young school aged children on topics such as Manitoba history, Boreal forest, the Inuit to name a few.
Tom and Helen established a fund with the Winnipeg Foundation that awards yearly, a scholarship and bursary in the Faculty of Nursing University of Manitoba. The fund has also supported CancerCare, Children's Wish Fund, Vaselka summer camp, and Parkinson's research.
With my father's passing in 2000, Helen has lived independently in her home, even travelling by herself on a tour to Europe - a big change for her having always gone with my dad. They both loved Hawaii and returned many times. 2016 became a transition time, another chapter in her life. She moved to assisted living in the Wellington for four and one-half years, made many friends, but for the most part loved her solitary life and her long respected friendship with her sister in law Helen who also lived there. Her battle with Parkinson's disease progressed such that she was moved to the Simkin Centre this past January.
Her family would like to humbly express their appreciation for all the home care that was organized for her to maintain levels of independence with dignity. Profound appreciation to the Simkin Centre that cared for her lovingly during her last months.
Left to mourn and carry the memories are her daughter Valerie (husband Rob); grandchildren: Larissa with husband Michael, Jonathan, Justin, and Lauren; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Noah and Ava. She was predeceased by her husband Tom in 2000, her son Tom Jr. in 2015; brothers, Peter 2014, and John 2021.
Flowers gratefully declined, if you so wish a contribution to Parkinson's research or charity of choice.
We will hold a celebration of her life with a service at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Glen Eden Funeral and Cemetery, 4477 Main St., West Saint Paul.
Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
Glen Eden Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 31, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
We like to offer our condolences to Valerie and family, your mom and dad and baba were very good friends of my mom and dad Ann & Les Slowski as well as my baba Annie Slowski. I remember visiting your family on Corydon avenue, I believe that was your baba's house, your family brought so much fun times to our family 🙏 🕊 RIP blessings Deborah Siedleski and Leslie Slowski - Posted by: Deborah Siedleski (Family friends ) on: Sep 21, 2021
I was saddened to hear of your moms passing Val & Rob and to the Smerchanski Family. You have lost your matriarch and such a beautiful lady. I have many many wonderful memories having worked for her and Tom. Many times they took this young immature farm boy and encouraged him along. Years have passed and I am ever so grateful for their kindness and hospitality to my family. Heaven has received a great angel with her arrival. Condolences to your entire family. - Posted by: Rodney Badgley (Family friend ) on: Sep 03, 2021
Very sorry to read of your Mom's passing, Val. My condolences to you and your family. I very much appreciated the time your Mom and Dad hosted us at their cottage. - Posted by: Dave Summers (old friend of the Robertons) on: Sep 02, 2021
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