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Helen Erickson, 86

Helen Erickson, age 86, of Oak Park Heights, MN, formerly of Wayzata, died peacefully Sunday, May 29, 2011, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She is survived by her loving brother, Tom (Vera) Story; children Karen Erickson (David Korte), Kristin (Blair) Halonen of Cokato, Sandra (Robert) Hanson, and Kurt Erickson; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Elbridge and Irma Story; husband Gustav; and sister Roberta Towner.

Helen grew up on Lake Minnetonka and lived in the area most of her life.

She was an avid walker, loved nature, and volunteered at the Minnetonka Senior Center for many years.

Helen’s greatest pleasures were being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her children treasure their memories of her delicious meals, magical Christmases, beautifully sewn clothes, bedtime stories and prayers, family picnics, singing in the car, giggling at the dinner table, shopping for new school shoes, and always, clean sheets on Thursdays.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at the church of St. Mary of the Lake in Plymouth, with visitation one hour prior to the service. will be held following Mass. Private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

David Lee Funeral Homein Wayzata handled the arrangements; www.davidleefuneralhome.com.