Helen Harriet Mehus, 86, of Rushford, Minn., died on Monday, April 19, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.
Helen Harriet Hansen was born on February 21, 1935, in rural Blooming Prairie, Minn., to Anhart and Ina (Hjelman) Hansen. She was raised in Blooming Prairie, attended rural school, and was a 1953 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School. She attended Dana College in Blair, Nebr., from 1953–1955, where she received her teaching degree and in 1969 received her Bachelor’s in Education from Winona State University. On August 8, 1959, Helen was united in marriage with Virgil Mehus in rural Blooming Prairie, Minn. Helen’s teaching career included schools in Grand Island, Nebr., Fairmont and Kasson-Mantorville, Minn. For 25 years Helen taught first grade at Houston Elementary School in Houston, Minn. She was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church, the Ruth Circle, and was involved in many other church activities. Helen enjoyed participation in the Federated Club, Red Hat Club, and the Eastern Star. Helen was also a volunteer for Winona Area Hospice and the Meals on Wheels program. After her retirement, Helen and Virgil spent their winters in Texas. She enjoyed knitting, hardanger and birding. Family gatherings were always a priority to Helen as she seldom missed the annual sisters’ day, summer family picnics on her childhood farm and many other family celebrations.
Helen is survived by two sons: Noel (Sue) Mehus of Eagan, Minn., and Kevin (Marsha) Mehus of Winona, Minn.; four grandchildren: Brooke, Kelsey, Courtney and Kira; one great-grandchild, Mason; nine siblings: Robert (Judy) Hansen, Carol Wright, Marie Seykora, Eileen Peterson, Karen Freihiet, Jim (Pat) Hansen, Judy (Dave) Livingston, Gary (Lou) Hansen and Terry (Robin) Hansen; a brother-in-law, Dale Anderson; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three siblings: Axel, Jeannette, and Ann.
There will be a funeral service for Helen at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Rushford Lutheran Church, with the Reverend Steve Chellew officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery.
The family prefers memorials directed to Rushford Lutheran Church.
Please leave a memory of Helen and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.