Pamela J. Arola, 70

Pamela Jane (Helvick) Arola, age 70, of Litchfield, formerly of Dassel, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Brooklyn Park.

She was born Jan. 15, 1948, in Fort Dodge, IA, the daughter of Merton Orville and Kathryn (Smith) Helvick.

Pamela was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of the Dassel Church of Christ at the time of her death.

She graduated from the Dayton High School in 1966.

Pam had been employed at Globe Union in Fort Dodge, IA as the receptionist and payroll clerk for numerous years. She had also worked for several years at American Time and Signal in Dassel.

She was united in marriage to Howard Arola Oct. 4, 1986. The couple made their home in Dassel before moving to Litchfield.

Pam loved her family and they would often take trips to Lake Okoboji, where they would ride the Queen excursion boat on Lake Okoboji and eat Blackwater Taffy with nieces and nephews. She was a devoted wife, aunt, and a friend to many.

Pam loved to spend time crocheting, doing needlepoint and quilting, and was very artistic. She made birth quilts for each of her nieces and nephews, as well as many members of the church community.

She was a voracious reader, and could often be found reading her Bible. Pam also loved to travel and go fishing and camping with Howard.

She had a wicked sense of humor, and never missed a birthday, always sending a card.

Pam had a special spot in her heart for children. She always had time for them – either playing computer games with them or giving them a special treat or gift when they visited.

She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Pam is survived by her husband, Howard, of Litchfield; brothers Paul (Susan) Helvick of Roseville, CA, Mark (Georgia) Helvick of Corcoran, Gary (Cathy) Helvick, and Alan (Cindy) Helvick, all of Galesburg, IL; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Earl Helvick, Marilyn Jensen, Donald Helvick, Carol Mammen, and an infant sister, Wanda Helvick.

Her funeral service took place Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at the Dassel Church of Christ with Pastor Chris Halstead officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

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

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.

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