“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” Proverbs 3:5,6.
In a special moment of quietness with her beloved husband Edgar, Helen was gently called to her heavenly home on the evening of February 3, 2020 during a brief stay at Clover House. Several years previously she had declared to her physician that she wanted to die running; her unwavering faith in God and deep love of family and friends enabled her to finish her race well.
Helen was born February 18, 1928 in Gretna, Manitoba to Dietrich and Elizabeth Klippenstein. She was the eldest daughter and a sister to Frank, Dick, Henry, Jake, Margaret and Walter. The family settled into the farming communities of Main Center and Herbert where Helen attended school finishing her final high school year back in Gretna.
Following high school Helen returned home for two years and under the careful tutelage of her mother Elizabeth learned many homemaking skills becoming a talented seamstress, wonderful cook and an artisan of hand stitching. During this time, Helen attended Herbert Bible School.
Helen’s faith journey began at an early age when she developed a strong commitment to follow God and desired a life of service. Helen’s commitment led to her decision for baptism and joining the Main Center MB Church.
It was in this church that Helen met Edgar, the handsome eligible young teacher who became her life partner for 71 years. Their first adventures were setting up homes in the teacherages of the Los Angeles and River Dell schools where many life long friendships were made. Ron and Sharon were born during this time and Jennifer and Rod were added to the family following a move to Swift Current. Helen’s focus during this time became supporting Edgar, caring for her children, active involvement in her church and developing her passion for quilting and needlework. Her love of children extended to providing a day home for many families in the community and she was most delighted with the arrival of grandchildren and then great grandchildren.
Camping, fishing and road trips evolved into building a cottage at Anglin Lake, a family retreat and sanctuary for 35 years. Many family and friends enjoyed Helen’s gift of hospitality not only at Anglin Lake but also in Swift Current.
Following Edgar’s retirement they enjoyed new travel opportunities and escaped winters in BC and Arizona. Helen frequently expressed thankfulness for her final home at Riverview where she continued to host family dinners with children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sibling reunions, old and new friendships, many card games, shuffleboard tournaments, her quilting bees, and working at the MCC store.
Helen’s health deteriorated over the past two years and our last memories of Helen will be her steadfast faith, assurance in her eternal home, and her ability to express gratitude in all circumstances. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her husband Edgar, sons Ron (Gail) Siemens, Rod (Rhonda) Siemens; daughters Sharon (Art) Dueck, Jennifer (Alan) Heinrichs; grandchildren Chris (Lori), Mark (Julie), Brent Siemens, Carrie (Lloyd Heimbecker), Reg (Jennifer) Dueck, Dean (Thea) Heinrichs, Allison (Landon) Costar, Lindsay and Josh Siemens; 17 great grandchildren; brothers Dick, Henry (Louise); Jake (Tillie), Walter (Mildred) Klippenstein; sister-in-law Lottie Siemens; brothers-in-law Paul Redekop, Dave Penner (Anne) and many nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her parents Dietrich and Elizabeth Klippenstein, three infant sisters in Russia, her sister Margaret Penner, brother Frank Klippenstein and grandson Mitchell Siemens.
The Funeral Service was held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Bridgeway Community Church with Brent Siemens officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations made to MCC Saskatchewan, 600-45 Street West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 5W9 would be appreciated by the family.
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