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Helen Ida Pawelk

Funeral services for Helen Ida Pawelk, 80, of Norwood Young America (NYA) were held on Friday, Sept. 26, from the St. John's Lutheran Church in NYA, with the Rev. David Winter officiating.

Mrs. Pawelk died on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.

The organist was Arthur Fuchs. The congregational hymns were "Open Now the Gates of Beauty," "Jesus Christ Has Risen Today" and "Beautiful Savior."

Pallbearers were Mavis Boyd, Nena Vinkemeier, Larry Pawelk, Steven Pawelk, Beth Pawelk and Gail Crawford. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Helen Ida Zastrow was born Jan. 14, 1923, in Camden Township of Carver County, to William and Anna (Briesemeister) Zastrow. She was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. She graduated from the Waconia High School in 1941.

On June 17, 1944, she was united in marriage with Clarence E. Pawelk at the Zion Lutheran Church parsonage in Mayer.

Mrs. Pawelk worked for the Norwood Times, Telex Communications in Glencoe and Oak Grove Dairy from 1969 until retirement in 1988. She also was active in her husband's trucking business.

Mrs. Pawelk enjoyed gardening, visiting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a quiet, loving, caring and helpful person.

Survivors include her children, Mavis (Leon) Boyd of Excelsior, Lennea "Nena" (Harlan) Vinkemeier of NYA, Larry Pawelk of NYA, Steven (Beth) Pawelk of NYA, Gail (Grady) Crawford of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Nathaniel Boyd, Lisa (Mark) Overman, Jody (Patrick) Norman, Theresa (Tim) Peitz, Tim (Karla) Vinkemeier, Brad Vinkemeier, Amy Crawford; step-grandchildren, Kelli LaTour and Belynda LaTour; 11 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Wilbert (Anita) Zastrow of Mayer, Linus (Lillian) Zastrow of Amboy; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harry and Darlene Pawelk of New Germany, Arlys Pawelk of New Germany; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; and sister and brother-in-law, Alpha and Ernest Burdorf.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of NYA handled arrangements.

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