Helen Doerksen passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at The Meadows in Swift Current, SK at the age of 90. Helen was born in Brownlee, SK on February 6, 1929 to Frank & Helena Doerksen. She grew up on the family farm and attended Beacon School north of Eyebrow. She attended Winkler Bible School in Manitoba with her brother Hardy in 1945 and continued on through 1946.
Helen lived in Herbert and worked with her sister, Kathy, at the Herbert Invalid Home and then the Senior Citizens Home. In 1964, she moved to Swift Current and obtained employment as a Central Supply Technician at the Swift Current Union Hospital, where she was employed for over 30 years. As well as her position in CSR, Helen was also very involved as a union representative for the Service Employees International Union, which gave her opportunity for travel in Canada and the United States.
After her retirement, Helen remained active and volunteered at the local MCC store. Helen attended Bridgeway Community Church for many years, and she will always be remembered for her deep and abiding faith. She loved sports and cheering on her favourite teams the Swift Current Broncos, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the Toronto Blue Jays. Thanks to the staff at Cypress House and The Meadows for their care of Helen in her sunset years, and special appreciation to Helen’s longtime friend, Cheryl Dueck.
Helen will be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law, Mary Doerksen, and her many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her parents Frank & Helena Doerksen, and all of her beloved siblings, including sister, Kathy Gerbrandt, and brothers, Frank, Jake, Pete, Henry, John, and twin brother, Hardy.
The Funeral Service for Helen Doerksen was held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Church of the Open Bible, Swift Current, SK with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating. “It is Well” and “What a Day That Will Be” were sung by the congregation under the leadership of Ron Olfert, with Sheila Braun serving as pianist. The eulogy was given by Penny Heck. Special music was brought by Helena Leiding and Vivian Thissen, who sang “The Eastern Gate.” The ushers in the church were Robert Klassen and Stan Klassen. The Interment Service was held from Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Corey Doerksen, David Heck, Willie Braun, Tom Orthner, and Harry Prang serving as pallbearers. In memory of Helen Doerksen, donations to Lonny’s Smile (www.lonnyssmile.org) would be greatly appreciated by the family.
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