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Helen Mathilda Gerber

Helen Mathilda Gerber, age 87 of Winsted, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 at St. Mary’s Care Center.

She was born Feb. 25, 1918 in Annandale, the daughter of Fred and Tillie (Warnke) Drawert. Helen was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Annandale March 31, 1918 by the Rev. Alfred Streufert; and confirmed March 28, 1931 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, by the Rev. C. G. Seltz.

Helen was united in marriage to John Gerber at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake June 9, 1937 by the Rev. Seltz. This union was blessed with two sons.

The family made their home and living on the Gerber family farm south of Howard Lake.

Helen was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. As a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, she served on various committees and as an officer. She was devoted to making quilts for World Relief and those in need with the Rebecca Guild.

When the church revived its “Old Time Mission Festival” outdoor celebration in 2002, Helen was instrumental in organizing the event, complete with the polka band learning to play “Lift High the Cross.”

In 1954, the International Foreign Exchange Program sent Ali Murlu from Turkey to stay with John and Helen, resulting in an international friendship that Helen treasured throughout the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Tillie Drawert; husband, John; and brother, Elmer Drawert.

Helen is survived by her two sons, Dennis Gerber and wife Kay of Nisswa, and Dudley and wife Cindy of Brandon; three grandchildren, Scott, Garrity, and Heidi; one great-grandchild, Meghan Jo Gerber; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 18 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

Nancy Butterfass was the organist, with special music by the Lutheran Women Missionary League ladies’ choir and soloist Dan Barth. Interment was at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.

Helen’s friends served as pallbearers.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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