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Helena Loewen Thiessen fonds
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- Textual record
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- Thiessen, Helena Loewen, 1922-2012
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40 cm of textual records
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Helena Loewen Thiessen was born on 18 March 1922 in Manitoba as the first child in the 2nd marriage of her mother Elizabeth Loewen and John B. Thiessen. She grew up on the family farm near Rosenort. Her elementary education was in Rosenort. In the 1950s she went to Winnipeg where she worked as a nurses' aid for 5 years in the Municipal Hospitals. She completed training as a Licenced Practical Nurse at St. Boniface Hospital in 1957, which was followed by a job as a trained nurse in the Altona (Manitoba) hospital for 5 or 6 years. After her father's death in 1963, she moved back to be with her mother, and worked at the Eventide Nursing Home in Rosenort for 30 years after that.
She was a member of the Rosenort Evangelical Mennonite Church. She loved to travel and visit with friends and relatives, keeping a regular journal of such activities. She died on 3 February 2012 in Morris, Manitoba.
Faith Loewen, a great-niece of Helena L. Thiessen, acquired the materials after her death.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of a set of personal journals from 1936 to 2011, which records people that visited, places she visited and the activities of those she lived close to. There is also a series of notebooks containing personal notes, sometimes attending to loved ones who were in the last days of life in the hospital. Contained in this fonds are also some items which she acquired from her father, mother, sisters and brothers, as well as some person memorabalia like a recipe book, book of her school art work and the record of her baptism. A significant item is the friendship book started by her grandparents, Jacob J. and Elizabeth Loewen, which contains birth, marriage and death dates of many friends and family members. The fonds also contains several hundred letters which she received from her parents, siblings and friends.
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Faith Loewen of Domain, Manitoba.
Initial inventory prepared by Matthew Fransen and final arrangement and description completed by Alf Redekopp, April 2012.
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Acc. no. 2012-016