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Helen (Braun) Goossen

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obit-helen-braun-goossenWhen Helen was 12, her dad led her to the Lord. Helen met Jake in 1939. They farmed in the Manitou area until 1997. Helen and Jake were active in their church, even serving as youth sponsors in their 50s. Their home was a place of hospitality and laughter. Helen played piano and sang, often accompanied by Jake on his mandolin. They instilled in their children a love for music. Helen and Jake served many summers at Simonhouse and Winkler Bible camps. Helen moved to Morden, Man., in 2005. She loved to visit and encourage people in Tabor Home. Helen found great solace and strength in her faith in Jesus. Her Bible was well-worn and marked. She prayed for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She generously supported many Christian organizations. Even when she struggled with dementia, she retained clarity in her prayer life; her love for her family and others remained strong; her sociable nature and sense of humour continued to surface.

  • Birth: January 16, 1924
  • Birthplace:
    Altona, Man.
  • Death: January 21, 2016
  • Parents:
    Peter & Katherina Braun
  • Married:
    Jacob (Jake) H. Goossen, July 7, 1945 [d. March 1998]
  • Family:
    children Carolyn, Ted (Mary), Milli (Don) Stewart, Debra (Don) Riley, Gareth (Gayle), Eldon (Gwen), Iris (Gerald) Buller; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Manitou (Man.) MB; Westside, Morden, Man.
  • Baptism:
    Altona (Man) MB, age 15