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Memorable Manitobans: Helen Louise Barker (?-1990)


Born the daughter of Joseph Franckiewicz (?-1936) and Patricia Petrenela (c1890-1978), the family moved to Winnipeg in 1924, where she graduated from United College and began teaching at Chatfield School. She returned to Winnipeg, where she married Stanley George Barker (c1924-2001) and raised a family of six children. She later resumed her career in education, teaching as a substitute teacher with the Fort Garry School Division. She become a full-time student at the University of Manitoba in 1972, and went on to obtained her Certificate of Education, after which she became Principal of the newly re-opened St. Maurice School (1979-1984). While there, she earned a BEd degree from the University of Manitoba (1984). She is commemorated by the Helen Barker Scholarship at St. Maurice School. She died at Winnipeg on 30 August 1990 and was buried in the St. Vital Parish Cemetery.


“Death of worker accidental; jury finds at inquest,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1936, page 20.

Obituary [Patricia Franckiewicz], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1978, page 63.

Obituary [Jean Kowell], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1986, page 47.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1990, page 44.

Obituary [Stanley George Barker], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 2001, page C13.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 August 2014

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