Helen Marjorie Eiriksson
June 24, 1927 - February 17, 2016

EIRIKSSON: Helen Einarson was born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba on June 24, 1927, the
fourth of six children to Siggi and Vigga. Brothers Sigurjon, Mindy, and Leo predeceased
her. Connie and Victor were born later, and survive her. Helen’s grandparents were part of
a wave of Icelandic immigration to the Lake Winnipeg area of Manitoba. They were
fisherman and farmers.
The Einarson family lived in Winnipegosis and as a child, Helen lived in Winnipegosis and
Red Deer Point. Her father left the family when Helen was still a young girl. As an older sister, Helen
provided a lot of care for her two younger siblings.
Helen first met Kris Eiriksson on Red Deer Point when she was a school girl. Kris lived on
a farm a few miles apart from the Einarsons. After Kris returned from World War II, they
married in September of 1946. They made a hard living in the North where Kris worked in
the Sherridon mine, before moving to Brandon in 1949. Their first two children, Elaine and
Sig, were born there in 1947 and 1948. Son Brian arrived in 1954.
One of the messages Helen passed to her children was the importance of receiving a
good education. Later, Helen spent many years volunteering in schools, providing hearing
and vision screening, and lunch hour supervision.
As her older children graduated and went off to higher education, Helen recognized she
was going to miss having young ones around. Through adoption, in 1968 Gordon became
part of the family and in 1969, so did Thor.
In time, through those five children, Helen became a grandmother to 18, and a great
grandmother to 22. Helen loved being a grandmother and being involved in their lives.
Her children remember her cooking, and with fondness, her baking. Helen used to make
the traditional Icelandic dishes of her childhood. These included Vinatarta and
Ponnukokur, which they all loved; Skyr, a sort of yogurt and Rullupylsa.
When her bread was baking, the kids would get the butter out and fight over who got to
have the crust. Cinnabon had nothing on Grandma's cinnamon buns and her family all
craved her peanut butter and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
Helen was proud of her Icelandic heritage and was honoured with a lifetime membership
in the Icelandic League of North America, and in the Icelandic Club of Western Manitoba.
She was also active in the Westman Multicultural Club.
At home her hobbies included cross-stitch, knitting, latch hooking, embroidery and
crocheting; skills that she learned as a young girl at the Presbyterian Church in
She loved to dance when she was younger; and she enjoyed a good game of cribbage or
rummy with the grandkids.
She and Kris had a great garden that covered one of the four lots the house is situated on.
All that gardening meant hours of shelling peas, shucking corn, hilling potatoes, pulling
weeds; and when it all worked out, canning and preserving on Helen’s part.
Helen’s health had been affected for many years by arthritis and lupus. That possibly
contributed to the very painful and disabling ulcer on her leg. In fact, she was facing
amputation of the leg. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Helen was looking forward
to the relief that would bring. Compounding this, her vision was also fading.
However much she was looking forward to it, this surgery was not meant to be. Helen
started to get sick at home on Wednesday, February 17 and was taken to hospital with a
previously undiagnosed stomach ulcer. Despite the efforts of the surgical team and staff in
the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit, Helen passed away that evening.
Predeceased by her grandson John in 1984, mother Vigga in 1998, husband Kristjan in
2000, and great-grandson Jamshid on January 22 of this year, Helen leaves to mourn her
passing her children: Elaine (Dave) Rutledge, Sig (Jan), Brian (Laila), Gordon (Gillian) and
Thor (Naida). Grandma’s death is also mourned by her grandchildren: Karla, Angela,
Sarah and Graham; Victor, Jeff and Allan; Jamal, Lua, and Jalal; Zachary, Lauren and
Kristen; and Amber, Ruby, Mylissa, Brandy and Jaime; and 21 great grandchildren. Helen
also leaves her sister Connie and brother Victor (Loretta) Einarson and her many in-laws,
nieces and nephews and by her very good friends, Doreen and Bob Isleifson, and Seema
and Terry Roberts and family. She will be missed by the Icelandic Club of Western
Manitoba, and by her many friends.
A Celebration of Helen's Life was held Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:30 am at Brockie
Donovan Funeral Home. Helen was interred with her husband Kris, at the Brandon Cemetery.

Eleanor OLTEAN

OLTEAN, Eleanor June 
December 15, 1924 – Calgary, Alberta 
February 24, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta
Eleanor Oltean (nee Lloyd) of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Hospice on Wednesday, February 24 2016 at the age of 91 years. Eleanor was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in the Red Deer Lake District. She had a happy childhood and roamed far and wide across open fields. In 1947, after working in Calgary for several years, Eleanor moved to Vancouver. This is where she met her husband Dean. They married in 1948 and in 1950 began farming in Saskatchewan ending their journey near Pense, where they stayed until retirement in 1985. They then settled in Calgary and lived a wonderful life which included travel, club activities and enjoyable times with family and friends. Eleanor always loved life and made the most of it. Eleanor is survived by her brother, Edric Lloyd; her nieces Jennifer Lloyd, Carolyn Huguenin (Anthony), Kim Jordan and many others. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Dean Oltean and her brother Francis Lloyd. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences
In lieu of flowers if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1. Tel: (1-866) or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 100, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, In living memory of Eleanor Oltean a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Ragnheidur McNAMEE

Ragnheidur McNamee, 98, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Runnymede Healthcare Centre after a brief illness. Also know as Heather, Rocky and Skeex, she was born in Winnipeg on December 28, 1917, one of three sisters to her Icelandic parents Gisli and Ragnheidur Gudmundsdottir Johnson. She was the last remaining of her siblings, having been predeceased by older sisters Sola and Aurora. Her son Gord, born July 2, 1943, tragically died in 1993. She is survived by her granddaughter Meegan, Gord's only child and great-grandson Tanner, great-granddaughter Jaimee Brie-Anna, great-grandson Geremy Nicholas, nephews Greg Vandal, Warren Vandal and Roy Vandal and niece Shelley Vandal. She was a longtime member of St. George's on-the-Hill Anglican Church and a well known and well loved member of her Donnybrook Lane community, where she lived for over 50 years.   Heather was a valued long-time member of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto.  In earlier days, she could always be found at the annual Icelandic Independence Day picnic at the Macaulay farm hear Erin, as well as Thorrablot, the Icelandic late winter feast, and other events.

Iris Sigriður Frederickson Torfason

1928 - 2016


 Iris was born on Sept. 20, 1928 in Geysir Manitoba to Fridrik)Valtyr (Valdi) and Einarina Ingibjorg (Loa) Frederickson.Iris graduated from the Lakehead University with an Honours B.A. and she taught school in three provinces and Nevada.  Her teaching experience is long and varied and spanned 52 years.  Iris was always teacher, tutor, mentor, good friend and a doting mother.  She was very active in any organization she belonged to:  School Associations, the I.O.D.E, a president of the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, the Unitarian Church; she was president of Icelandic Fron Chapter in Winnipeg. Whatever she took on she gave it 110% and was always a willing helper.  Iris married Victor Torfason in 1950 and divorced in 1959.  In 2007 Iris Torfason was the Alberta Fjallkona and was an elegant representative at our Icelandic National League Convention which was held in Calgary in 2008.   Iris was a Honourary Member of both the Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary and the Icelandic National League of North America.  She resided in Calgary with her son Karl for the last twenty years.  Iris passed away at the Sarcee Hospice in Calgary the morning of January 21, 2016 with her son Karl and dear friend Karen Poon by her side.  She will be missed by many.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  “Rest in Peace” dear friend.




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