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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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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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John Dennis Applen

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

John Dennis Applen, 65, of Eyota passed away August 21, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary’s Campus. John was born February 18, 1949 in Rochester to Donald and Viola (Howard) Applen. He attended schools in Chatfield, graduating from Chat ..... 
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Janice Rose Rowland

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
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Janice Rose Rowland passed away August 4, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice Home in Rochester. Janice was born May 12, 1931 to Elmer and Minnie (Becke) Redman in Winthrop, MN. She was baptized May 16, 1931 at home and confirmed in the Lutheran Church ..... 
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Marion Alice Pesek Hutton

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Marion Alice Pesek Hutton Bicknese-Flatwoods, Tennessee. A dear lady has left us, on Sunday June 22, 2014, at the age of 97. Marion was born in New Prague, Minnesota on June 29, 1916 to John Frank and Emma (Chromy) Pesek. Her family moved to Austin, ..... 
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Neva Ann Horsman

Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014
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Neva Ann Horsman, 71, of Chatfield, Minn., passed away July 20, 2014 at her home in Chatfield. Neva was born in her family’s home on December 17, 1942 in Jordan Township near Spring Valley, Minn. to Howard C. and Theone Geneva (Wallace) Horsman ..... 
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Anton “Andy” Ludwig Petersen

Mon, Jun 30th, 2014
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Anton “Andy” Ludwig Petersen, 83, of Chatfield, Minn., died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Anton was born May 12, 1931 in New York City to Martin J. & Teresa (Kucera) Petersen. He attended school in New ..... 
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Marlene Mae Tufvander

Wed, Jun 25th, 2014
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Marlene Mae Tufvander, 79, of Chatfield, Minn. and Lake Vermilion, Minn., died peacefully Sunday, June 22, 2014, at her cabin. Marlene was born Sept. 27, 1934, to Harry and Clara Miller. She grew up in Ledyard, Iowa, and graduated from Janesville ..... 
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Donald Forest Horman

Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Donald Forest Horman Sr., 69, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at his home in Chatfield, Minn. Donald was born July 7, 1944 in Norfolk, VA to Elmer and Bertha (Higgins) Horman. He graduated from Chosen Valley High School in 1963. He then attended ..... 
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