Helen Dyck, age 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, SK.
Helen was born December 27, 1932 to Benjamin & Katharina (Ens) Goertzen in the small village of Blumenhof, SK, where she spent her first fourteen years before moving with her family to Taber, AB. She was an avid sports person in school with her favourite sport being softball, which she played off and on into her 40’s. Helen enjoyed watching all sports on TV, especially the Maple Leaf’s and the Blue Jays.
Helen moved to Swift Current in 1955 to marry Peter Dyck of Blumenhof. They were married on October 16, 1955 in the Taber Evangelical Free Church. They lived in Swift Current for the next 65 years, where they raised four children. Her children were her passion and she enjoyed spending time with them in whichever endeavour they chose to pursue — whether it was playing ball, skating, music, or hockey. Her joy was raising her family and later on, spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen became a Christian at a young age while attending Bible School in Taber. Her faith was the bedrock which guided her through life.
She enjoyed photography — mostly of her family and their outings. Whether it was on camping trips, family reunions, or visiting her grandchildren — the camera was always there to record the events. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, working in the garden, pickling, canning fruit, and playing card or board games with her children, grandchildren, and friends. Wintertime was puzzling time and she always seemed to have one on the go.
We have many fond memories of Mom — playing catch, seeing her at your hockey game cheering you on. Going fishing and camping or playing ball with her. The smell of fresh baked bread in the house, the meals she would bring out to the field at harvest time, they always seemed to taste the best. When you traveled, she always called to make sure you had made it ok. The grandchildren remember that grandma always had rainbow-coloured Chiclet’s in her purse, and the cupboard was always stocked with pudding, fruit rollups, pop, chips, and cookies.
Helen would always phone on everyone’s birthdays, and celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas was always a special time. They enjoyed playing cards (Mexican Train was her favourite), board games, looking through photographs, watching soap operas, and putting together puzzles. Learning how to make Kielke (Mennonite noodles), getting spoiled with treats. Going for coffee with grandma and her friends. Watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy at supper time. She was always welcoming if you just showed up for a visit, she would want to make sure you were fed and always gave you more food than you could eat.
Helen was predeceased by her son, Wesley John Dyck; her grandson, Matthew Aaron Teulon; her parents, Benjamin & Katherina Goertzen; and by her sisters, Sara Rish, Anne Austring, and Mary Scheuer.
Helen is lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, Peter Dyck; her children and their families, her son, Richard (Donna) Dyck and their family, Meaghan Olson and Tanner Scheelhaase; her daughter, Gloria (Mark) Teulon and their family, Lindon (Kari) Martin (their children, Deacon, Luke, and Corben), Erica Teulon, and Leah Teulon; her daughter-in-law, MaryAnn (Wesley, predeceased) Dyck and their family, Christopher Dyck, Sheldon Smith, Deanna (Paul) Villecourt (their children, Autumn, Hunter, and Diesel), and Deneal (Roman) Sena (their children, Kennedy, Addison, and Eliana); her son, Gary (Milly) Dyck and their son, Joseph; her siblings, Henry Goertzen and Kay Heinrichs; her many in-laws, nieces, and nephews; her coffee group, Helen Friesen, Lena Sawatzky, Elva Wiebe, Marilyn Brown, Ester Wiebe, and Ingrid Lamp; her friend, Elsie Teulon; and by her many friends.
The Private Family Funeral Service for Helen Dyck was held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm from Zion Mennonite Church, Swift Current, SK with Rev. Lois Bukar officiating. “In the Rifted Rock, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” and “In the Garden” were played for the congregation, with Grace Funk serving as pianist. The obituary was read by Richard Dyck, the Eulogy was given by Garry Dyck. “An Irish Funeral Prayer” was given as a tribute by Gloria Teulon. The Private Interment Service was held prior to the Funeral Service from Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Lindon Martin, Deacon Martin, Mark Teulon, Herman Wiebe, Christopher Dyck, Garry Dyck and Richard Dyck serving as Pallbearers. The Honorary Pallbearers were Helen Friesen, Lena Sawatzky, Eva Wiebe, Marilyn Brown, Ester Wiebe and Ingrid Lamp. In memory of Helen Dyck, donations made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan would be appreciated by the family.
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