December 11, 1924 – December 26, 2017
Helen Heskin, beloved wife of the late Alfred Heskin, of Norquay and formerly of Parr View, SK, passed away at the Norquay Health Centre on December 26, 2017, at the age of 93 years.
Helen was born October 11, 1924 in the Moose Jaw district, SK, to William and Mary ‘Minnie’ (Harron) Johnson. By wagon train, the family moved to the Parr View area, north of Swan Plain, SK, when Helen was almost 10 years of age. Helen attended the Elton and Hollyrud schools near Parkbeg, SK and Moss Side School, north of Swan Plain, SK. In her youth, she worked at the Villa Hotel and Kindratsky’s store (which later became Dan’s Groceteria) both in Norquay, SK. On October 9, 1943, Helen married Alfred Heskin and lived the first winter in Moose Jaw with her sister, Dorothy, while Alfred worked at a logging camp. They then relocated to the Heskin home place, northwest of Norquay, SK, where they raised their family and operated a mixed farm. Helen was kept busy with housework and helping with the many farm chores. It wasn’t until 1954 that things became easier with the installation of power. In the early 60’s, they were able to lift their house and hand dig a basement under it. With a cistern, it was much easier to get water for washing clothes. During the same time, they also got their first phone, which they shared with a dozen other families on the old-fashioned party line. In the early 70’s, their son Brian (Marlene) moved into their home on the farm and Helen and Alfred lived in a mobile home in the same yard. At the age of 54, Helen passed her driver’s test and she continued to drive her car independently until the age of 91. When she was 57, driving in from the farm every day, Helen worked for Henry and May Chan, babysitting their children.
In 2001, Helen and Alfred moved into their own home in Norquay, SK. When Alfred passed away in 2007, Helen continued to live on her own until September 12, 2017, when she became a resident of the Norquay Health Centre. Helen and Alfred were faithful members of the Norquay Lutheran Church. With her husband and later on her own, Helen enjoyed going to the NICE Centre, to visit and play dice or Canasta. She also crocheted and liked to read and watch TV. She attended many of her family’s birthday parties and was famous for her popcorn cake, which she took along to the delight of young and old alike. She always had to have homemade baking to serve with coffee for family or friends when they came to visit. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Helen was predeceased by her parents, William and Mary ‘Minnie’; husband, Alfred; brothers: Herb, Norman, Elmer, Victor, and Cecil Johnson and sisters: Dorothy (Nortie) Johnston and Gladdys (Ken) Reine; daughter, Gail Bleich; son-in-law, Jack Jacquemart and her
Born: December 11, 1924 Place of Birth: Moose Jaw District, SK Death: December 26, 2017 Place of Death: Norquay, SK
grandson-in-law, Elwin Griffith. She is survived by her daughters, Marlene Jacquemart, Faye (Gene) Petryshyn and Cindy (Rick) Wheeler; son, Brian (Marlene) Heskin and son-in-law, Walter Bleich; siblings: Bob (Nell) Johnson, Alice Terry, and Agnes (Jim) Lyle; and her fifteen grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, as well as her nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In Helen’s honour, a Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at the Norquay Covenant Church, Norquay, SK, with Pastor Arden Gustafson officiating. Interment will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, north of Norquay, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church or to the N.I.C.E. Centre, Norquay, SK, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Helen Heskin.
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