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Helen C. Brose, 80

Helen Caroline Brose, age 80, of Howard Lake, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1929, in Buffalo, the daughter of Walter and Florence (Peterson) Thompson. Helen was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo June 20, 1929, by the Rev. C.A. Callerstrom, and confirmed in her faith at the same church May 28, 1944.

Helen was united in marriage to D. Otis Brose Oct. 20, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo by the Rev. Alvar Perrson. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

Helen and Otis made their home on the Brose family farm, south of Howard Lake in Victor Township. They farmed all their lives, with their sons joining them in the farming operation. Helen remained active in her role on the farm, especially during the spring planting and fall harvest times.

She enjoyed spending winters in Texas with friends at the Alamo Rec Park, and summers with her friends of the Good SAM camping group. Being with family and friends was always important to her.

As a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Helen was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and played piano and organ at St. James, as well as for various other churches whenever needed.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Otis; parents, Walter and Florence Thompson; and an infant sister, Eileen.

She is survived by her children, Rena (Clarence) Marketon, Keith (Jeanne) Brose, Wanda (LeRoy) Biteler, and Craig Brose; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris (Willard) Henson and Janet (Don) Schirmers; nieces; nephews; and a host of family and friends.

The funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 17 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiating. Special music was provided by the ladies of the LWML, with Nancy Butterfass serving as organist. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers were Kristopher Brose, Justin Biteler, Jack Brose, Conroy Johnson, Don Horsch, and Scott Helmbrecht.

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