Helen Plotnikoff

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected, yet peaceful passing, of Helen Plotnikoff, mother, grandmother and great grandmother on August 4, 2015 at the age of 79.


Our Mom was born on May 9, 1936 in the Doukhobour Community of Glade, BC, to Jim and Mary Shlakoff. Her father died when she was only 4 years old. Her grandfather Hadiken, then became the only real father figure in her life. Her mother later remarried to Bill Moroso, and the family moved to Robson for 2 years, and then to Castlegar where she grew up and went to school. She eventually had to quit school and went to work for Eremenko’s Shoe Store.


Mom married the love of her life, our dad, Peter Plotnikoff on August 25, 1956. They built their own home and were blessed with 3 daughters. Mom lived for her family, always helping in any way she could. She loved to cook and was always happiest in her garden and kitchen, making her famous Russian food that we all loved so much. We always said it was the best food in town! Her garden and flowers were always something special. Mom also had many other hobbies. She loved to sew, crochet and quilt Russian blankets.


Mom was predeceased by her devoted husband Peter, in 2014. She is survived by her 3 daughters and their families. Teresa (Mike) Rogers, Sharon (Steve) Postnikoff, Patty (Randy) Morris; her grandchildren Jeffrey and Jordan Rogers, Stevie (Heather), Shawn (Michelle), Scott, Sheldon (Yulia) Postnikoff and Mariah and Clarke Morris; and great grandchildren Mace, Kade, and Haze Postnikoff; a large extended family and circle of friends.


She is also survived by her sisters Vera (Peter) Plotnikoff and Nettie (Andy) Stupnikoff.


Funeral Services were officiated by Mike Kanigan at Castlegar Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 followed by interment in Park Memorial Cemetery.


She leaves us all with many fond and loving memories. May God accept her into his Heavenly Kingdom. We will miss you dearly Mom. Rest in peace.


Special thanks to the staff at Castlewood Village for providing such great care for our mom.


Thank you Bill Strelieff and staff for your empathy and compassion in our time of grief.


Thank you Mike Kanigan for doing a wonderful job officiating the service for us.


Thank you to all our family and friends for their support in our time of need.


Donations in Helen’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.