Helene Hildebrand (nee Dueck)
1932 ~ 2021
Helen Hildebrand was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up on a farm in Springstein. Her education included high school at MCI in Gretna. She met her husband, Werner, who was from Leamington, Ontario, in 1961. While in Manitoba visiting family and friends he was quickly taken with Helen. After returning home the two began a romance based on letter writing. They were married in 1962 and moved to Leamington where they settled on a small farm. Werner worked at the Heinz factory and in 1963 their son Walter was born. Werner developed heart trouble and passed away on January 20/1970.
Helen worked in the kitchen at Canadian Mennonite University and later at Salem Personal Care Home when she returned to Winkler with her seven year old son. She later transferred to the laundry department where she worked until her retirement in 1997. The work was mundane, but she found joy in the team that became dear friends; friendships that lasted long after retirement!
Family was Helen’s greatest joy. She was a woman of few words but given the opportunity, she would go on about her children, Walter & Audra and later her granddaughters, Cassia and Tasha. Helen loved to tease and had a great sense of humor; quick to giggle at the antics of her grandchildren. We all remember how she leaned in while listening to us with a gleam in her eye and a smile on her face. Helen was thrilled when Joe, husband to Cassia, was added to the family.
Helen was baptized at her childhood church in Springstein and was a regular attender of Grace Mennonite Church for most of her adult life. She loved music; singing in the choir, with her many friends at Lions Manor and even singing “Jesus Loves Me” till the very end! Helen was content with the simple things in life and knew how to be a good friend. In fact, Helen made it a point to visit women newly widowed and to make soft, cozy blankets for those in need. Her nieces and nephews will miss her fresh baked zwiebach & honey cookies.
Helen passed away at Salem personal care home on February 04/2021. Heartfelt thanks to the many nurses and doctors in both Boundary Trails and Morris hospitals as well as Salem staff who gave her special care as she struggled with vascular dementia. She leaves to mourn: her sister Elizabeth (Paul), sister in law Alice, son Walter (Audra), granddaughters Cassia (Joe) and Tasha, as well as numerous extended family members. She we will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Helen/Mom/Grandma - you loved well!
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler