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Helen Gruenhagen, 91

Helen Anna Gruenhagen, age 91, of Howard Lake, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

She was born April 8, 1924, in rural Annandale, to Louis and Amelia (Linkert) Uecker. Helen was baptized May 4, 1924, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, Wright County; and confirmed in her faith May 22, 1938, at this same church.

Helen married Kenneth Gruenhagen April 6, 1946, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and they settled near the family farm in Middleville Township.

Helen and Kenny were blessed with four children: Noreen, Garlen, Russell and Jane.

Helen loved music. She was a self-taught performer and could play the piano, organ and accordion. She would often play polka tunes for her family; her fingers would fly over the keys and many laughs were shared.

Being an avid outdoors-woman, Helen enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. Some of her favorite moments were spent at Lake Adney in northern Minnesota with Kenny, her children, and grandchildren.

Being artistic was another talent she had. Helen enjoyed quilting, and served on the Naomi Guild at St. James Lutheran Church for many years. She also liked to crochet, draw, and paint.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenny; son-in-law Dale Hirsch; daughter-in-law Kim; brothers Alvin, Herb, Lester, Arnold, and Don; and sister Leona.

She is survived by her children, Noreen (Don) Horsch, Garlen Gruenhagen, Russell Gruenhagen, and Jane (Tom) Boeson; siblings Ruth, Loretta, and Ron; grandchildren Lisa (Dwane) Kotila, Denise (Steve) Virnala, Audrey (Dan) Kappel, Julie (Marc) Linder, Myra (Troy) Laway, Gwen Butcher, Martha Gaye, Matthew Boeson and MaryLynn Boeson; and great-grandchildren Alexa, Dane, Tasia, Sydney, Brady, Zachary, Jeremy, Emily, Elise, Madison, Brennan, Gabe, Anika, Alaina, Cassie, Jace, Thomas, Lizzie and Isabella; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Helen’s funeral service took place Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, with the Rev. Robert Jarvis officiating. Nancy Butterfass served as organist, with Myra Laway singing “The Lord’s Prayer.” Interment followed at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

There was visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

Helen’s great-grandchildren were her pallbearers.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Howard Lake.

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