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Helen Mae Rempel

December 11, 1958 — February 16, 2024

With family by her side, Helen Rempel passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024 at the Portage District General Hospital at the age of 65 years.

Helen was born December 11, 1958 to Dave and Anne H. Doerksen, she took her schooling in Carrot River, SK. Helen worked at various jobs, including tree planting, babysitting, and housecleaning. Helen and her sister Anne started singing at a very young age. They sang at many festivals over the years. Helen was a truly gifted singer with an angelic voice. In 1982 Helen and Anne moved to Portage la Prairie. This is where Helen met Terry Rempel, the love of her life. They were married October 5, 1996. Their son Nathan was born October 17, 1997, he was the joy of their life. Helen loved to talk to anyone that would listen. She sometimes thought she talked too much. There was never a dull moment. Helen developed a love for photography and had her pictures in many magazines. Helen had a great sense of humor, which she kept to the end. Helen had a great faith in God and studied the Bible daily.

Helen suffered through the terrible effects of ALS, a disease which robbed her of her ability of independence, but she fought hard and never gave up hope.

The family would like to thank Terry for all the love and compassion he gave to Helen and for being a wonderful caregiver to our beloved.

Helen was predeceased by her sister-in-law Linda Wall, father Dave Doerksen, two nephews, one great nephew, grandparents and father-in-law Mel Rempel.

She leaves to mourn her husband Terry; son Nathan; mother Anne Doerksen; brothers Bill (Sarah) - William, Christina, Joe and Edward; Jake (Betty) - Michael and Matthew; Dave - Kalie, Kory and Keaton; Abe (Kathy) - Marcus and Trina;  and John (Ellen), sisters Elizabeth (Henry) Weins - Henry, Lisa, John, Paul, Maria, Susan, Eileen, Naomi, Tina, Philip, Willy and Sarah; Marge (Bill) Wolfe - Robert, Diana and Tyler; Anne, Aaron; Kathy (Jared) Nicklen - Tyrell, Kaitlyn and Melana; Sarah (Scott) Meadows - Corina and Andy; mother-in-law Elsie Rempel, brother and sister-in-law Kevin (Bev) Coubrough - Trent and Derek; and special friend Helen Carr.

Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel at 1:00 pm with viewing before the service. Interment to follow at Sommerfeld Cemetery, Austin, MB.  The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on Helen’s obituary page at

Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba, 2A-1717 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0H2.

A tree will be planted and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Helen Mae Rempel, please visit our flower store.

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