Helen E. Ramlow, 87

Helen Emma Ramlow (Wigand), age 87, of Waconia, formerly of Rockford, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

She was born April 24, 1926, in Henderson Township, Minnesota, to Herman and Elsie (Bullert) Wigand. Helen was baptized at the United Church of Christ in Henderson; and confirmed March 17, 1940 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.

She was a 1944 graduate of Central High School in Norwood/Young America.

Helen married Fred C. Ramlow Oct. 26, 1946. They were married for 48 years.

A long-time member and choir member of the United Presbyterian Church in Rockford, Phyllis was an ordained deacon of the United Presbyterian Church of America, a member of the Senior Citizens in Rockford, a member of Martha’s Circle, and a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Helen moved to West View Acres in Waconia in 2004, where she performed volunteer work and was also a choir member.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fred; and son-in-law Mark Austad.

Helen is survived by her children, Sonja (Jerry) DeWolf, Joyce (Richard) Marcum, Rose (Mike) Splittstozer, Neil (Diane) Ramlow, Mary Austad, Beth (Max) Cook, and Gwen (Wade) Mangan; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a brother, Allen (Marian) Wigand; sisters Evelyn Schrupp and Lilah Mackenthun; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Jan. 11 at noon at United Presbyterian Church in Rockford, with visitation prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. until noon at the church. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, Rockford.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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