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Helen (Dzioba) DROHOMERESKI

March 2, 1936 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 85)

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Helen Drohomereski (nee Dzioba)

On November 19, 2021, in Nanaimo, BC, Helen passed away peacefully with her daughters present after a battle with cancer.

Helen was survived by her daughters Cindy (Wayne) Taraschuk and Sherry-Lynn (Marek) Suchanec, grandchildren Grayson (Brady) and Landon (Jenna), and brother Wally (Louise) Joba. She was predeceased by her beloved husband David in 1997.

Helen was born on March 2 1936 in Brokenhead, MB. Raised on a farm during the Great Depression and World War II, she learned the value of hard work. In her life she held many occupations, such as schoolteacher, legal secretary, saleswoman, and her long career at the City of Winnipeg as accounts clerk until her retirement.

She married the love of her life David on October 1, 1960. They welcomed their two daughters and raised the family on five acres in West St. Paul, MB. When David became chronically ill, for many years Helen worked full time to support the family while being the primary caregiver to David.

Helen loved gardening, and for decades had a huge garden every year, and loved to cultivate fruit trees and grapevines. She held so many interests and hobbies in her retirement years, such as woodworking, French cooking, baking, chocolate making, home decorating, and sewing. She had a sharp mind for finance, and the law. She loved to travel, and had been to Europe, Israel, South Africa, and the Caribbean.

Above all, she loved and served her God Jehovah. She dedicated her life to him in 1951 and has loyally served him her whole life. She devoted innumerable hours of her life telling others the truth about Jehovah and his word the Bible. She felt especially close to him in her last months of life and saw his care for her. She looked forward to her paradise hope, where in her words she “won't be a little old lady scared to fall anymore”. (Rev 21:3,4) She looked forward to seeing David and her much loved father Fred again there and looked forward to gardening once again. It was an immense privilege to hear her expressions of solid and complete faith.

Anyone who knew Helen would appreciate her cheerful personality. She was young at heart, always positive and smiling. She was an excellent example of one accepting their changed circumstances. She went from living independently to needing complex medical care, but she moved forward, and from bed participated in the ministry, kept up with Bible study projects, watched documentary shows, and brushed up on the Ukrainian language.

Helen showed her personal interest in people by making them greeting cards. You may have received one from her. She loved to mark milestones in other's lives with a personalized card, which may have been humorous, or solemn. It was always thoughtful. She was sorry she couldn't continue making cards in the last year of her life. She and the family appreciated the flowers, cards, gifts, texts and phone calls that she received. She was so touched and wanted to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness.

The family would like to thank all the health care workers and professionals who kindly took care of Mom.

Cremation has taken place, and interment is planned in the spring.

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