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Helen TyschinskiSeptember 11, 2017
Tyschinski, Helen January 29, 1918 – September 11, 2017, aged 99 years entered eternal rest in her residence at Poseidon Care Centre, Winnipeg.
Helen was born to John and Tekla (Komfolio) Shymko and was the youngest of 9 siblings. She spent her youth living on the farm in Ashville, Mb., where she attended Rigby School and graduated grade 8. It was here she developed her enjoyment of spelling and arithmetic as she continually educated and enjoyed challenging her entire descendants on their skills.
In 1937, Helen married Joseph Tyschinski in Ashville and they began their life together in Shortdale, 1 mile south of the Gilbert School. Together they worked hard on their farm and eventually could expand their farmlands by purchasing the “Clarks” property by the highway. Helen used her carpentry skills, which she learned as a young girl from her father and helped with building their home on this property. This was a busy time in her life as she was a hard-working woman that had a hand in all the daily chores of the farm including cooking, bringing meals to the field, looking after the animals and taking care of the huge yard and garden. No matter how busy Helen was company was always welcome and ALWAYS left with a full stomach. Helen enjoyed participating in the Gilbert School and Shortdale community gatherings such as the whist drives and pie socials. She volunteered at St. Anthony’s Hall in Shortdale for the fall suppers, weddings and other events. She was a self-taught organist who played for St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church and was often heard practicing her songs at home throughout the week.
In 1975 Helen and Joe retired, sold the farms and decided to move their house and themselves to Roblin. They enjoyed many evenings playing each other in fun (but very competitive) card games especially when hosting family and friends as they always ended up on separate teams. Helen also spent immeasurable hours in her beloved flower and vegetable garden. Helen’s volunteering continued in Roblin as she was an active member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary. This expanded into a catering venture for weddings and other events with her sister-in-law, as they spent many hours making countless perogies and cabbage rolls. The duo were known as the “Two Helens” and would often be seen together at bingo, gardening at the farm and additionally working at the Church.
Helen was very artistic and loved sewing from patterns she created. She also enjoyed painting, embroidering, quilting and crafting. It was not uncommon to find scraps of paper and material all around the house with doodles of flowers and designs all over it.
Helen spent 53 years with Joe before his passing suddenly on September 28, 1990. She stayed in the family home for over a year before moving into an apartment, and then in 2003 she moved to Thunder Bay to live with her daughter, Marlene. Here she continued her passion of gardening, crafting and cooking her traditional food, as she passed on her customs and songs of her youth to her great grandchildren.
In July 2016, Helen moved to Winnipeg as she spent time with her son Ben and his wife Marie, carrying on the tradition of long card games at their kitchen table. In the next month, she then moved into Poseidon Care Centre, and it was there that she entered eternal rest.
Mom is survived by her 3 children Alfred (Maria), Ben (Marie) and Marlene; grandchildren Greg (Rhiana), Joanna (Frank), Nathan, Joelynn (Chris), Kerri Ann, Kim (Tony), Mark (Rita); great grandchildren Daniel, Martina, Isabella, Evelyn, Adalynne, Ashley, Jacki, Karli, Derek, Mitchell, and sister-in-law Elsie Shymko. She was predeceased by parents John and Tekla Shymko, husband Joseph Tyschinski, son-in-law Bruno Stranges and daughter-in-law Patricia Tischinski, her 6 brothers Angus, Andrew, Matt, Bill, Frank and Mike, 2 sisters Cassie and Josephine and many beloved sister and brother in laws.
Prayer Service was held October 6, 2017 from the Chapel of Nairn-Chyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home - Roblin. Mass of Christian Burial was said October 7, 2017 from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church – Roblin, with Fr. Bastin officiating. Interment followed at the Roblin Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations to honour the life of Helen Tyschinski may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Renovation Fund, Box 1026, Roblin, Manitoba, ROL 1P0 or the charity of choice. To leave a note of condolence, please visit nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com
You suffered much in silence,
Your spirit did not bend,
You faced your pain with courage
Until the very end
You are not forgotten loved one,
Nor will you ever be.
As long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee.
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
No one can fill your vacant place