Helen Sanderson, 106

Helen Clare Sanderson, age 106, of Dassel, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Lakeside Generations in Dassel.

A military graveside service will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the service arrangements.

Helen Clare (Oster) Sanderson, the daughter of Simon and Alice (Ramey) Oster, was born Dec. 22, 1914, in Dassel.

Helen grew up in the Dassel area, where she attended district school.

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

Helen enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps as a WAAC. She was stationed at Mather Field, CA and served as a baker and cook from Sept. 1, 1943. She was discharged with a rank of mess sergeant Nov. 17, 1945.

Helen was united in marriage March 24, 1956, to Eugene Sanderson in Carmel, CA. Together, they made their home in Monterey from 1963 until 1965, when they moved to Condon, MT and lived in Swan Valley. May 1983, Helen and Eugene moved back to Dassel, where she has since made her home.

She loved to watch and feed the birds and animals, enjoyed playing the organ, sewing, and playing scrabble with family and friends.

She was a talented baker and cook, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends for holidays and special occasions. She started a women’s home circle group with her sister, Ruth Skalberg.

She is survived by her children, Theodore Sanderson of Minneapolis, Thomas Sanderson of Winsted; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; parents; siblings, Ruth Skalberg, Joel Oster, and a young brother, John Kenneth Oster.

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