Helene Alphild Splettstazer, age 92, of Lester Prairie, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe.
Memorial services will take place Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with visitation one hour prior to the services at the church.
The Rev. Eric Nelson will officiate at the services; the organist will be Jane Holasek. Congregational hymns are “Old Rugged Cross,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Amazing Grace.”
Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guestbook are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.
Helene was born Oct. 4, 1923, to Frank and Alphild (Lund) Brill, and spent her early childhood in the logging camp her parents operated with her uncles, Fred and Harold Brill at Happy Land, near Littlefork, MN.
They moved the operation to another camp south of Superior and there, she attended grade school and junior high. Since there was no high school in the area, Helene worked and boarded in Duluth, where she graduated from Central High School, and then earned her beauty operator license.
Helene met Donald Splettstazer in Superior, where he was working as a welder in the ship yards, and they were united in marriage March 11, 1944, at Christ Lutheran Church in Superior.
Pastor Ritz baptized and confirmed Helene Oct. 22, 1946, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
While Donald was serving in the military, the couple lived in San Diego, before making their home in Lester Prairie, where together they owned and operated Lester Prairie Cement Products. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Carol and Mary, and the couple shared 72 years of marriage.
Helene was active in the community, and especially encouraged girls to be strong and confident. She and a friend formed the first Brownie Scout Troop in Lester Prairie. Bridge was an especially favorite game; she and Don played in a couples club, and she also played in the long-running ladies group.
She loved the outdoors and the passing of the seasons, was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and enjoyed folk painting. In addition, Helene was an excellent cook and kept a good supply of breads and cookies on hand. She, Don, and close friends made maple syrup for years at the sugar-shack in their backyard.
Helene was a good friend, and cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was an active member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Helene is survived by her husband, Donald Splettstazer of Lester Prairie; daughters Carol Kuhlman and her husband, Calvin, of Chaska, and Mary Lawrence and her husband, Kevin, of Circle Pines; grandchildren Aaron Kuhlman and his wife, Stephanie, of Farmington, the Rev. Nathan Kuhlman of Rolla, MO, Elizabeth Carlson and her husband, Jacob, of Rogers, John Lawrence, of Circle Pines, and Ellen Lawrence, of Minneapolis; and great-grandchildren Adam Kuhlman, Ella Kuhlman, Seth Kuhlman, Owen Carlson, Wyatt Carlson, and Trevor Carlson.
She is further survived by siblings William Brill of South Superior, WI, and Jule Brill and his wife, Edina, of Eau Claire, WI; nieces and nephews Dixie Brill, Larry Brill, Linda Brill, Dennis Brill Wayne Brill and Shirley Aho; and other relatives and many friends.
Helene was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Alphild Brill; a brother, Art Brill; sister-in-law Virginia Brill; nephew Gary Brill; and great-grandson Jason Kuhlman.