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Ethyl J. Heldt, 74

Ethyl Jane Heldt, age 74, of Plato, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.

She was born Sept. 16, 1936, in Baldwin, WI, the daughter of George Nels and Olga Larson Peterson. Ethyl was baptized Nov. 22, 1936, at North Rush River Church in rural Baldwin, and instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith May 14, 1950, at the same church.

Ethyl was joined in holy marriage with Norman Heldt June 25, 1960, at North Rush River Church in rural Baldwin. God blessed their marriage with three adopted children.

Following their marriage, Ethyl and Norman moved to Lester Prairie, and then to rural Plato in 1968.

Ethyl worked outside the home throughout the years, and also stayed busy helping on the farm. She later worked at Carlson’s Orchard in Winsted for four seasons, where she greatly enjoyed her favorite fall time of the year.

A loving, caring person and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Ethyl was a great cook. Grandma’s pancakes, pickles, and apple pies were the best! She also enjoyed crocheting and other creative crafts, winning many ribbons at the fair for her hard work.

Ethyl was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

She is survived by loving husband of 50 years, Norman H. Heldt; children Cheryl (Larry) Kooiman of Wauwatosa, WI, David Heldt of Hutchinson, and Wanda (Edmund) Hanson of Silver Lake; grandchildren Brett Kooiman, Tyler Kooiman, Breanna Heldt, Braelyn Heldt, Brittany Hanson, and Alexis Hanson; twin sister Esther (Virgil) Krumm of New Richmond, WI; sisters and a brother, Dory (Douglas) Krumm of New Richmond, WI, Betty (Clyde) Wiles of Red Wing, and George (Doris) Peterson of Wilson, WI; sisters-in-law Marlys (Donald) Friauf of Glencoe, Darlene Weber of Winthrop, and Verdella (Marvin) Moehring of Hutchinson; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Ethyl was preceded in death by her parents, George Nels and Olga Peterson; and by a niece, Kay Krumm (Ethyl’s flower girl).

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating. Marsha Christianson was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Just As I Am,” “Amazing Grace,” and “A Hymn of Glory Let us Sing.” Interment followed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Honorary casket bearers were Ethyl’s six grandchildren.

Casket bearers were Keith Krumm, Randy Peterson, Jeff Wiles and Rick Krumm, Paul Moehring, Gary Friauf, and Kevin Weber.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.