Dayna Woynarski

4 June, 197725 March, 2021

“Deep in our hearts a memory is kept of one we loved and shall never forget.”

It is with great sadness that the family of Dayna Sanheim announce her passing after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 43. Dayna was predeceased by her paternal grandfather Alvin Sanheim and maternal grandparents Raymond and Catherine Knoll. Dayna is survived by her spouse Neil Helfrick; daughter Mayson Beaton (CJ); her grandchildren Luxanna, Luca, and Caitlin; loving parents Dean and Joan Sanheim; brother Morgan (Stacy) Sanheim and their children Keagan, Carlee and Ryley; her sister Jodi (Carey) Sanheim; as well as her in-laws Steve and Brenda Helfrick; and numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends. Dayna grew up in the small town of Tyvan. She graduated from Fillmore High School (33 Central) in 1996 and continued her education as a young single mom to achieve her R.M.T. designation in 2001. Her previous classmates and co-workers will always remember her vibrant personality and of course, her beautiful smile. Dayna had the ability to light up the room, her smile was contagious. Her laughter and bubbly personality made all that met her instantly love her. She was beautiful inside and out. She always put the needs of others above her own. The love for her daughter and grandchildren knew no bounds (even though she had a hard time admitting she was actually old enough to be a grandma). Dayna enjoyed the outdoors, whether it be a bike ride, a walk around the lake, camping, or just simply sitting in the backyard on a warm summer day. Dayna and Neil also enjoyed snowboarding in the winter months. She was always up for a good time and lived life to the fullest. May this next adventure be her best one yet! We would like to express our gratitude to the numerous doctors and nurses at the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic and in the Palliative Care Unit at the Pasqua Hospital for their exceptional care of our Dayna. A private funeral service (due to Covid-19 restrictions) will be held at Victoria Avenue Funeral Home on April 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. A live stream of the service will be available for those who cannot attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dayna can be made to Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, PO Box 8561, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 5M3 or at



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Kerri Campbell(Murray)

10 April 2021

My prayers and thoughts go out to Neil, Mayson, and the rest of her family. She was such a vibrant, happy person who lit up the room. She has left us with so many memories and will remain in our hearts. We will miss you always Dayna!

Donna (Kopp) & Lionel Wanner

2 April 2021

To Dean & Joan & to Dayna’s Loved Ones,

We are so saddened to hear of your great loss.
A beautiful soul is set free & is now soaring with the Angels.
May God’s Blessings bring you comfort & healing at this most difficult time.

Love from your family friends,
Donna & Lionel Wanner
& Family

Michele Chubak

1 April 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Dayna's family. I will never forget her smile. She sure light up a room. We knew her for a brief time and I have never forgotten her.

Stephanie Dragone

1 April 2021

To Dayna’s family, please accept our condolences on the los of this special and dear person. We only met Dayna a few times briefly and experienced her kindness and generosity in allowing a stranger to sleep overnight before going to the airport early. However, we knew of Dayna through words love. Whenever Brenda and Steve spoke of her as they often did during our many phone calls, their love and care for Dayna shone through in the adjectives that described her, such as devoted to Neil and her children, affectionate, warm-hearted, funny, energetic, friendly, conscientious in her work, sincere and never giving up.
Our thought are with you at this sorrowful time, may your memories give you peace and comfort. Stephanie and Bruno
Melbourne, Australia.

Bev Sanders

1 April 2021

What an incredible woman Dayna has been. She is an inspiration to all cancer patients and their families. Neil, you have been a devoted and loving husband and father and a true blessing to her. We grieve with you and your family at such a sad time. Hug your loved ones and know you too are loved and supported. So very sorry for your loss.
Bev & Doug Sanders

Grant & Angela (Keeler) Radcliffe

1 April 2021

Joan, Dean and all of Dayna's family: Words are hard because there are none. Dayna was too young but, in the stories we have heard of smiles, laughter and love, hers was a life lived to its fullest and each of you were amply blessed to have been a part of her life. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our deepest sympathy.

Barb Rasmussen

31 March 2021

Dearest Joan, Dean and family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May your memories of Dayna bring you peace. Deepest sympathy.🙏


31 March 2021

What can I say about my lovely niece Dayna ? Well, she was such a bright light always shining brightly with her beautiful smile. Such a positive and accepting young lady who had respect for life and people. Her love of family and friends was always visible in her actions and loving gestures. She was so proud of her daughter and grandchildren. We all love you so much Dayna and you will always, always be in our thoughts and heart. You have left your foot prints on the hearts of everyone you met. The world has lost a kind, gentle soul!! Love you Dayna........

Terrance Wanner

31 March 2021

My sincere condolences to Dayna’s family. I have fond memories as a child playing with Dayna, Morgan and Jodi when we visited my grandparents (Al & Angie Kopp) in Tyvan. Dayna had a kind demeanour and always had the nicest smile.

Pam Horne

31 March 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. May your good memories of her carry you through these unimaginably painful times.
Sending love and light to all who know and love her.


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