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Helen H. Lemke

A Funeral Service was held 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie for Helen H. Lemke, age 92, of Long Prairie, who passed away on Sunday, Nov. 25 at CentraCare Health System in Long Prairie. Pastor Noah Wehrspann officiated and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Long Prairie at a later date.

Helen Henrietta Schloesser was born on June 9, 1920, in Hawley, Minn., to the late Arthur and Mathilda (Eide) Schloesser. She graduated from Pine City High School in 1940. Helen then went to Seattle, Wash., to train as a nurse from 1941-1944. She was united in marriage to Fred Lemke on Nov. 17, 1944 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Seattle. In 1946, the couple moved to Long Prairie. Helen worked as a nurse at Long Prairie Hospital for 18 years, and as a nursing supervisor at Long Prairie Nursing Home for another 15 years. She enjoyed this work immensely, and was an inspiration for many other nurses.

Helen was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie and its Ladies Circle. She was a cancer survivor and belonged to a support group, and also worked in Hospice care and visited shut-ins. Helen was also involved in Al-Anon, the VFW, the Homemakers and Kitchen Klan, as well as the L.W.M.L., where she enjoyed making quilts and visiting.

Helen was a wonderful cook and baker, especially with cakes, which she decorated for many special occasions. She exhibited many of her canned fruits and vegetables and baked goods at the Todd County Fair. Also, she enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading, crocheting and embroidery, and attending concerts and plays.

Helen will be dearly missed by her children, Dennis (Barb) Lemke of Fridley, Minn., David (Daintree) Lemke of Alexandria, Minn., and Pam (Owen) Bohnsack of Pharr, Texas; brother, Gerald (Jane) Schloesser of Tiverton, R.I.; half-brother, Richard (Thede) Patterson of Mora, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Judy (Dave) Ammerman of Isanti, Minn., and Sally Steiner of Mora; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and step-mother, Dorothy Schloesser; husband, Fred, in 1986; brothers, Harold, Raymond, and Donald Schloesser, and Ronald Patterson; and sister, Joan Ammerman.

Casket bearers were Jerry Ager, Milo Drevlow, David Ammerman, Victor Lemke, Jr., Jim Bundy and Richard Patterson.

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