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Born: Dec 23, 1924

Date of Passing: Feb 16, 2021

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1924 - 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Helve Dawson, aged 96 years, on February 16, 2021, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
Helve was predeceased by her parents, Dorothea and Robert Hacker; her beloved husband John (Jack) Dawson; stepson Randy Dawson; step-great-grandson Zachary Dawson; her sister Edith (William) Peterson; in-laws, William (Helen) Dawson, Victor (Vi) Dawson, Geordie (Helen) Dawson, May (Lloyd) Huston and Joe (Merle) Dawson.
She is survived by her son Steve (Marion) Kiefer; granddaughters, Jennifer Hart and Shannon (Kris) Starling, and great-granddaughters, Sydney, Bella and Kenzie Starling. Also surviving are grandchildren, Sean (Dawn) Dawson and Kelly (Leonardo) Sexon and their mother Linda Dawson; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Xander Dawson, and Kaleigh Sexon. Helve also leaves to mourn numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their families in Canada, U.S.A., Germany and Ireland.
Helve was born December 23, 1924 in Hamburg, Germany. At 15 years old, Helve and her family fled Nazi Germany, arrived in Saskatchewan, Canada, and two years later settled in Winnipeg, MB. She spent 26 years in service with the C.N.R., retiring in 1984 to marry her beloved Jack, and they spent 27 years together until Jack`s passing. Their motorhome travels across North America were legend, as Helve loved travelling, exploring and always learning. She had a deep love for animals and the outdoors. In later years, Helve enjoyed volunteering her time at the Victoria Hospital, was very active at Epiphany Lutheran Church, enjoyed her painting group and classes, was an accomplished writer, and was always ready for an invite out with family or friends. Helve was a fiercely independent woman, and life events eventually had her downsizing to Riverwood Square Assisted Living which quickly became home and extended family.
We are so grateful to Riverwood management and special staff who afforded Helve such wonderful care, love, new friends and family…and helping hands that loved and cared for "Felix". Helve lived her life with hope and courage, humour and grace; and we will miss her.
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place, and due to COVID restrictions, no formal service will take place.
Our special thanks to Dr. Jacob and staff of 3 North at Grace Hospital for their care and compassion over her last days.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Helve's memory to the Winnipeg Humane Society.


Publish Date: Feb 27, 2021


Peacefully on February 16, 2021 at the Grace Hospital, Helve Dawson passed away at the age of 96 years.
As per Helve's wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
A longer notice will follow in the February 27 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press.


Publish Date: Feb 20, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021, Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I had the absolute privilege of knowing Helve with her volunteer work she did through the knee rehab classes at the hospital. She was such a kind and happy hearted person that always had a sparkle in her eye. She was was beautiful person ❤️ - Posted by: Mari (Worked with during her knee class) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Helve was a special lady, always positive, kind and caring and had a wonderful zest for life. My husband and I (neighbours) often joined Helve & Jack for a coffee at Robin's and loved to hear about their travels. I will miss her smile and laughter, and interesting conversation. My condolences to all the family! Carol - Posted by: Carol Hatton (friend) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. Helve was an inspiration to me. I adored her as a next door neighbor in the condos. - Posted by: Barbara Boitson (Former next door neighbor) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Helve was always such a gracious lady. My sisters mother in law for a time many decades ago, it was truly amazing how many times our paths crossed over the years. My sincere condolences to the family. I will remember her with fondness. - Posted by: Yvonne Yvon Martens (Family friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I had met Helve at many events with my friends Steve and Marion. She was always a warm, welcoming woman with a zest for life. Sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to the entire family. I know she will be missed. - Posted by: Barb Husack (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • So many wonderful memories of Helve in our CN days. We were fortunate to carry that friendship past retirement. We will miss her! With Deepest Sympathy to the entire family! - Posted by: Janet Lewis Anderson and Bruce Anderson (Friends) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I remember Helve as a very strong, independent woman but also very compassionate. She almost always had classical music playing when Steve and I would visit. I know she will be missed by all whose path she crossed. - Posted by: Marie (X-daughter in law) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • It was my privilege to work with Helve at Riverwood Square. She wanted to tell her story and I like to think I was helpful. She was certainly helpful to me. She taught me about kindness, how to listen, how to talk, how to have dignity, how to endure, and to sacrifice. How to move on with life and how to always give it your best shot. She was an inspiration. She knew how to be a good friend and I know she will be dearly missed. I know I will miss the sparkle in her eye and her laughter. - Posted by: Lorraine Klymko (writing instructor) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • My condolences to the familie she was a very nice friend to have in the place were we all live together I shall sure miss her she was fun to be with Rest In Peace . - Posted by: Elisabeth Stornel (Friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • We meet Helve and Jack many years ago through church and we lived in the same building. Helve was a beautiful, caring lady and always made us feel welcomed. Rest in peace Helve. Thought of you often and know that you are in a good place. Condolences to the family. Bob and Annette Derksen - Posted by: Annette (friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • My condolences to Helve's family and friends. Helve was a soft spoken, good humoured, sweet woman. I met her through my art group and will always remember her gentle soul and engaging laugh. God's speed to her. Samantha - Posted by: samantha atkinson (artist friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

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