Helen MarksJuly 20, 2017
Peacefully surrounded by her family on July 20th, 2017, Helen Marks, aged 86 years, passed away at the Palliative Care Unit of the Gimli Community Health Center.
Helen was born on May 10th, 1931 in Gimli. Until the age of 16, she lived 3 1/4 miles out of town when the family moved into the town of Gimli. When she finished high school, she helped run the K & K Store with her grandfather and father. Art and Helen married on April 26, 1952. They moved to Red Lake, Ontario for one year before returning to Gimli where they began their family. She was a telephone operator at the Air Force Base until it's closure and later worked at Gimli Transfer until her retirement.
Helen loved to cook and bake, her freezer was always packed with pails of every kind of cookie for when any company dropped by. She had a gift for making people laugh. Many evenings were spent listening and dancing to old time music. Lots of time was spent playing cards with friends and family. All her life, she was a bingo player. In her later years, many hours were spent playing Fast Track with her Waterfront Crew. Until last week Helen completed the Jumble from the daily Free Press which she proudly won a couple times.
She leaves to mourn, her daughters, Shirley Drolet (Jean-Claude) and Linda Kehler (Albert); grandchildren Marc-Andre Drolet, Melanie Bergthorson (Jeff), Julia Buller (Jacob) and Kate Baird (Scott). Her grandsons, Rand and Loic Bergthorson; Xavier Baird and Arthur Buller; in-laws Mary, Betty, Adolf, Martha and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Adam and Mary Kasupski; sister Rose and son-in-law Dennis.
The family would like to thank Dr. R.C Patel for his care throughout her life and a special thank you to the nurses and support staff of the hospital who treated her like family.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Gimli, MB, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Mike Nwosu officiating. Interment to follow in the Gimli Community Cemetery.
Her pallbearers will be Marc-Andre Drolet, Jeff Bergthorson, Scott Baird, Jacob Buller, Jasyn Kasupski, and Adam Morin. Honorary pallbearers will be Lorne Kasupski, Peter Blackier and Bob Shindruk.