July 27, 1933 - November 13, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Helen Marianchuk (née Dwernychuk), at the age of 88, on November 13, 2021. After a lengthy stay at Innisfail Health Centre, she passed peacefully with her two loving sons, Ken and Lyle, by her side.
Helen was born on the family farm near Buchanan, Saskatchewan on July 27, 1933 to parents Konsten and Anastasia Dwernychuk. She grew up helping out on the farm while attending school. She subsequently did various jobs and later met and then married Nestor Marianchuk in 1955. A few years later, they settled in Watson, Saskatchewan, where they raised their two sons. She was very proud of their shared Ukrainian heritage and continued passing on the language and traditions. Helen worked as a store clerk for many years in just about every business there was in Watson. She excelled because she truly enjoyed meeting and helping people. Her selflessness and devotion was also evident being the caregiver of her husband for 21 years after he endured a stroke.
Helen had a knack for remembering everyone’s birthdays and liked gardening, softball, bowling, watching her sons play sports, and cooking- you were never hungry at her place! Many of her boys’ friends considered her their second mom. Her quick wit, sassy ways, and competitive nature were apparent in the many get-togethers with family and friends, which she greatly appreciated.
After moving to Innisfail after Nestor passed to be closer to family, she valued staying connected with everyone. She loved to visit, even if just on the phone. Her hobbies also included playing cards, playing bingo, reading, word searches, and she adored supporting her grandchildren in their endeavors.
She is survived by her son Ken (Marta) of Gilbert, Arizona and their children Tegan (Nick) and TaiLi, and her son Lyle (Vicki) of Innisfail, Alberta and their children Amanda and Mike. She also leaves behind her brother Mike (Amy) Dwernychuk of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and many cherished in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Helen was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Nestor, in 2013, her parents, Konsten and Anastasia, and many siblings and family members, who she deeply treasured. At Helen’s request, a funeral service will not be held; however, a family memorial service will occur at a later date.