He­len Kush­ner cel­e­brates 100th birth­day

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He­len (Todoruk) Kush­ner, born Septem­ber 21, 1918 re­cently cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day!

Kush­ner was born in Moun­tain Rd, Man­i­toba. She was the el­dest of five chil­dren and to­day, she and her youngest sib­ling are here to cel­e­brate these 100 years! He­len was mar­ried in 1939 to Michael Kush­ner in Septem­ber. They hon­ey­mooned in Ni­a­gara Falls and they lived in Portage la Prairie. They had two chil­dren, Iris

Sub­mit­ted: Fam­ily Pho­tos.

and Ken­neth Kush­ner.

Hav­ing been born in the tail end of WWI and then liv­ing through the de­pres­sion, He­len has al­ways been thrifty. She does not waste a thing and shows grear ap­pre­ci­ates for all that she has.She was an in­cred­i­bly re­source­ful jack of all trades: help­ing to sup­port the fam­ily when she baked and dec­o­rated beau­ti­ful wed­ding and birth­day cakes & pies, and brides­maid dresses. She has also, al­ways loved gar­den­ing. She has also shown strength of char­ac­ter, and re­silience over the years. Her daugh­ter Iris told the Moose Jaw Ex­press that her mother’s strength was even more as­tound­ing fol­low­ing a tragedy in the fam­ily. “That strength was se­verely tested when her son Ken died in a tragic ac­ci­dent when he was 20 years old in Fe­bru­ary 1968. Months later the fam­ily moved to Moose Jaw. She of­ten said that the “New­com­ers” saved her san­ity. In some ways, this was the be­gin­ning of her com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in Saskatchewan.”

Since then, He­len has been heav­ily in­volved in the com- mu­nity of Moose Jaw. She was past pres­i­dent of The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League; a mem­ber of the Art Guild of Moose Jaw; a vol­un­teer with Prov­i­dence Place; a vol­un­teer with the Lib­er­als and a re­cently rec­og­nized mem­ber of the Ukrainian com­mu­nity on a pro­vin­cial level by that or­ga­ni­za­tion. She has been a great con­trib­u­tor to the Moose Jaw com­mu­nity.

On Fri­day, Septem­ber 21, He­len and her fam­ily cel­e­brated her mile­stone 100th.

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