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Helene C. Spelhaug


Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helene Carrie Spelhaug, a longtime Chatfield, Minn. resident died November 28, 2014 surrounded by family. She was 93. Helene Bailey was born Dec. 28, 1920, in rural Chatfield, Minn. to William and Bertha Bailey. She attended rural grade school and went on to graduate from Chatfield High School in 1939. Helene’s strong work ethic, her value of a solid education, and her deep appreciation for family and friends were rooted in her upbringing on the family farm during the Depression.

Helene attended Winona Teachers College and earned her teaching degree in 1942. She began her teaching career spending three years in rural schools in the Chatfield area prior to her two years spent at Lanesboro Elementary School. On October 11, 1948, Helene married Dwaine Spelhaug at Chatfield United Methodist Church. The couple started their life together living in several locations in Minnesota and North Dakota while Dwaine was a Bank Examiner with the FDIC. The growing family lived in Crookston, Litchfield, and St. Paul, Minn. and in Fargo, ND before returning in 1959 to Chatfield where Dwaine was employed at Root River State Bank. Helene lived in Chatfield until 2012 when she moved to Decorah, Iowa and resided at Barthell Eastern Star Home until her passing.

Helene was an active member of the Chatfield community, including serving on the American Legion Auxiliary and Community Chest. She particularly enjoyed sharing her love of nature with the children she led in Boy and Girl Scout Troops and Camp Fire Girls. A longtime faithful member of the Chatfield Lutheran Church, she was a church council and Mary Deborah Circle member and a Sunday school teacher. While she enjoyed all of her church activities, she especially looked forward to her weekly quilting group.

Helene’s lifelong passion was spending time in the great outdoors. She enjoyed nothing more than tending to her yard and wild flower gardens or taking her ritual morning walk. She also loved reading and generously shared this passion with her children, always taking the time to read ‘just one more chapter’.

Helene was dearly loved by her family. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Ann (Vince) Arnold of Dodge Center, Jean (David) Haugo of Decorah, Iowa, Robert (Nicole) of Rochester; James (Julie) of Bettendorf, Iowa; Patrice (Bryan) Stanek of Irvine, Calif., and Sue (Rick) Poinsett of San Diego, Calif.; her grandchildren: Alan (Lisa) Arnold, Michael A .....
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Stacy Lynn Heusinkveld

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Stacy Lynn Heusinkveld, age 41, of Fort Atkinson, Wisc. passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Stacy was born in Milwaukee, Wisc. on June 10, 1973, the daughter of Ronald and Julia (Jackson) Zielinski. ..... 
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Jeffery Lee Buss

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jeffery Lee Buss, 37, of Chatfield went to live with his heavenly father on Saturday December 6, 2014. Jeffery was born October 17, 1977 in Fremont, Calif. to Lyle and Deborah (Mears) Buss. He attended schools in Chatfield and graduated from ..... 
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Virginia F. Milton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Virginia F. Milton, 86 of Austin, Minn., died at her home on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Virginia was born January 21, 1928 to Virgil and Jeanette (Maxson) Dotzenrod in Preston, Minn. She graduated from Austin High School and from the Austin Juni ..... 
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Stafford Hansen

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Stafford O. Hansen, age 75, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Tuesday afternoon, November 25, 2014, at Cottagewood in Rochester after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Stafford Owen Hansen was born ..... 
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Elmira Rosheim

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Elmira Ilene Rosheim, age 90, of Mabel, Minn., died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, Minn. Elmira was born October 5, 1924 in Fillmore County, Minn. to Joseph and Moranda (Thompson) Hongerholt. She was confirmed an ..... 
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Karen Sample

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Karen Sample, age 74, of Spring Valley died Thursday November 27, 2014 at the Ostrander Care and Rehab. She had been battling Multi System Atrophy for the past two years. Karen Sue Root was born October 10, 1940 to Clare Root and Vivian (Simon ..... 
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Ruth Westby

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Ruth A. Westby, age 84, of Mabel, Minn., died Tuesday, November 25 at the Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Ruth was born January 7, 1930 in Elgin, Iowa to Lloyd and Clara (Gander) Ruroden. She attended Pleasant Township School through 8th grade ..... 
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Oliver Halverson

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Oliver Halverson passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Harmony Healthcare, where he resided the past two years. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, December 4 at 11 a.m. at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Harmony. Friends called ..... 
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