Helen Konkin, nee Kapitski was born July 25, 1927, in Calder, Saskatchewan, to Nicholaus and Marie Kapitski. She was the third born of five siblings. Helen entered eternal rest at the age of 93 on May 30, 2021, at the Kamsack Nursing Home.
Helen was working in Kamsack when she attended a dance at the Community Hall where she met the love of her life, Sam. They fell in love immediately and made it official on January 25, 1948. They were blessed with two children, Allan and Dianne.
Helen’s life revolved around her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and she was blessed to have a great-great-granddaughter. When she wasn’t spending time with her grandbabies, she was involved in curling, the Royal Purple, United Church Choir and the Community Choir. She loved going to curling bonspiels with her curling buddies. She always had a shiny car in the parade with the Royal Purple ladies, and more often than not, you would catch her singing a tune. She especially loved to sing to her chickadees at the farm.
The farm was her pride and joy. Her flowers were always plentiful and perfect and full of vibrant colors. She took so much pride in them every year. The farmyard was definitely the place to be for her grandkids – from playing in puddles, feeding and playing with the cats and dogs, cross country skiing and running through her clean clothes hanging on the clothesline! When Grandma was on the farm, you would always find her surrounded by her animals – cats, dogs, birds, chickens, even the animals loved her!
Her incredible cooking and baking were popular with everyone! (Especially her bread) raisin cookies, tarts, borscht and potato fries. Her garden was large and bountiful and full of fresh veggies.
Helen ALWAYS had a big smile on her face and welcomed you with open arms. She would always be so very happy to see you with a loving pinch and some love taps and slaps! If you saw her downtown or at church, she would be dressed to the nines – skirt, bright-coloured blouse, blazer, fancy shoes, matching jewelry and brightly manicured red nails.
Grandma radiated love. It didn’t matter what she was dealing with she always had time for us and included us in everything she did – life lessons, meaningful conversations, endless prayers, and encouragement were just some of the gifts we received and will carry with us forever.
She loved her family, and she loved us hard through it all. She connected with us exactly where we were at and guided us as only, she could. She moved through life with presence, grace and perseverance. I have never known a woman so dignified, confident and loved and respected by the entire community.
She is survived by her son, Allan (Vera) Konkin, daughter Dianne (Larry) Zbeetnoff, grandchildren Terri LaBelle, Leeanne (Martin) Hoehn, Brett Konkin, great-grandchildren, Hayley, Holden, Ethan, Marlee, Arya, Dashiel and great-great-granddaughter, Hazel Grace.
She was predeceased by her parents Nicholaus and Marie Kapitski, husband, Samuel, of 68 years, sisters Rose and Mary, brothers Bill and Johnny, sister-in-law, Laura Conklin and Grandson Steven Konkin.
Her legacy is what she did every day. Her legacy is every life she ever touched.
Memorial services were held on June 5, 2021, from Westminister Memorial United Church, Kamsack, Saskatchewan, with Gwen Reilkoff officiating. Memorial donations in memory of Helen may be made to Kamsack Eaglestone Lodge (Box 1330 Kamsack, SK. S0A 1S0). To leave a note of condolence please visit wolkowski.ca.
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