Mary Helen Lind was born July 8, 1923 to Hagvert Tobias Langager and Martha Amelia Enstad Langager at the Willmar Hospital in Kandiyohi County, Minn. and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Resurrection Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Boswell Hospital, Sun City, Az.
She was the youngest of nine children, two of which died in infancy, and the only one of the Langager children to be born in a hospital. She was baptized and confirmed in the Willmar Lutheran Free Church and attended the Willmar schools, graduating from Willmar High School in 1941. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. for one year but was unable to complete her degree due to her father's death and being needed at home to help her mother, who never did learn to drive a car. Mary Helen came home, and to help her mother with expenses, got a job as a clerk at the Kandiyohi County Roads Department for several years. While she worked there, one of her married coworkers, Ruth Lind, invited her to be a fourth for Bridge since her husband's brother was just out of the Navy and staying at their house. That night, Mary met Raymond Leroy Lind and it was just the beginning of their more than 50 years together. They soon began dating and were married October 18, 1946 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.
They began a home in Aiken, Minn. where Ray worked for Land of Lakes Creamery. Craig Raymond Lind joined their little family there, being born in the Crosby Hospital on April 7, 1948. They moved to Bertha, Minn. where Ray sold ranges for Monarch and then to Brooten, Minn. where Ray had a hardware store. Mary Helen was a stay-at-home mom but occasionally would help out at the hardware store. Kevin Raymond Lind was born in the Glenwood hospital on Nov. 2, 1953 while they were still living in Brooten. The family then moved to Wadena where Ray worked for the Homecrest Furniture Company. Gregg Raymond Lind was born on Aug. 16, 1963 and their family was complete. Mary Helen was a Cub Scout Leader, Den Mother and member of the PTA and played in the ladies golf league. She also joined a bridge club and enjoyed entertaining in her home whenever it was her turn as hostess. The family joined and regularly attended the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena.
Mary Helen enjoyed working at the Sterns and Fields Clothing store in Wadena during several Christmas and Easter Holiday seasons but her favorite job of all was the one at the Wadena schools as a study hall supervisor. After Ray retired from working at the Homecrest Furniture Company, the couple took pleasure in traveling, including a trip to Alaska and numerous trips to visit cousins and friends all across the United States and Scandinavia. They began spending their winters in Arizona, first in an apartment in Tempe (1978-80), then in a park model trailer home in Mesa (1981-88). Finally, when they were ready to move to Arizona and sell their homes in Minnesota (1988}, they moved into a house in Sun City.
They were members of American Lutheran Church of Sun City. Mary Helen enjoyed working on the bulletin crew-folding and assembling all the bulletins for the various services there and loved hearing the choirs and their many special music groups. During Ray's illness they both decided that they wished to be in the new columbarium that was being built there, rather than being buried back in Minnesota. After Ray's death in November, 1995, Mary Helen continued to remain in their home until after her 80th birthday when she decided to move an apartment in Royal Oaks Lifecare Community. She loved the many activities there and enjoyed visiting her numerous friends. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and was an avid sports fan and followed her Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and Phoenix Suns with great enthusiasm.
Mary Helen's Scandinavian heritage was important to her and she enjoyed teaching her daughters-in law the delicate joy of making Krum kaka, Swedish rusks, Christmas cookies and candies, and many other traditions of Ray's or her family which gave each us such special memories of our times together.
Mary Helen is survived by her son, Craig (Marguerite) Lind of Bridgeport, Neb.; son, Kevin (Cindy) Lind, of Jordan, Minn, granddaughter, Anna Lind and grandson, Matthew Lind, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and son, Gregg (Suzanne Lind), of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; grandson, Aaron Lind of Gainesville, Fl.; granddaughter, Kara Lind of Cedar Rapids, La.; one sister-in-law, Helen Langager of Willmar, Minn. and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents and all of her siblings and their spouses, except Helen, predeceased her.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation http://jdrf.org/. Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary & Cremation Center in Sun City, Az. is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the guest book at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/. The services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Sun City, Az., April 13 at 10:00a.m.