Helen Giesbrecht is mother to five girls and their husbands, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Helen passed away on March 27th at 9:10 p.m. at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Manitoba at the age of 82 years.
Helen was born July 17th, 1929 in Dominion City, Manitoba, the 6th child out of 10 to Henry K. and Katherina Harms. She was predeceased by four siblings, and baptized in the Sommerfeld Church close to Stuartburn, Manitoba. Helen Giesbrecht is survived by: daughter Marina and Allen Reimer, granddaughter Angela and Len Penner, great-grandchildren Isabella, Olivia, and Cooper, granddaughter Miranda and Garth Demetrioff, great-grandchildren Benjamin and Elijah, grandson Michael and Chantal, great-grandson Tyson, daughter Velma and Merv Reimer, granddaughter Tamara and Bob Perkinson, great-grandchildren Andrew and Austin, grandson Paul and Brigitte, great-grandchildren Nolan and Thaila, granddaughter Jolene and fiancé Darren DeCock, daughter Pat and Jeff Todd, grandson Jason and Michele, granddaughter Krystal, great-granddaughter Nakita, grandson Blayne and Charissa, great-granddaughter Rory, grandson Nick and Amber, great-granddaughters Peyton and Ashlyn, grandson Adam and Melissa, daughter Lorna and Arnie Lehn, daughter LaVerna and Darren Wilk, granddaughters Bria and Madeleine, foster granddaughter Jennifer and Ben Auxier, and foster granddaughter Cassy. She is also survived by sister Marietta Harms of Winnipeg and brother Jim and Eva Harms of Altona as well as many nieces and nephews.
Helen was predeceased by her first husband Cornelius (Neil) Peters in May, 1953, her second husband Isaac J.H. Giesbrecht in January, 1979, and great-grandson Samuel James Reimer in February, 2009, her parents, and seven siblings.
On August 31st Helen tripped and fell breaking her collar bone and her upper pelvis. She spent seven weeks in rehab before returning home. On November 10th she was re-admitted to the hospital where she continued to deteriorate. On March 27th, she took her last breath and went to meet Jesus.
Many thanks to Dr. Duerksen, nurses and health-care aides in both rehab and on the medical floor for their wonderful care of our Mom.
The memorial service will be Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church.