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Irene Helseth

Irene Helseth

Monday, January 23rd, 1928 - Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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Irene Helseth, age 92, of Mounds View. Preceded by husbands: Bernard Kulekowsky and Robert N. Helseth. Survived by loving daughters: Barbara (Douglas) Van Vreede, Teresa Klosterman, Gloria (Doug) Foss, Donna (Stephen) Lecher, Deanna (Allen) Kunitz, Ginny (Russ) Miller and Angela (Torben) Kiese, grandchildren: Sara, Kevin (April), Holly, Jasmine, Amanda, Joshua, Emily (Keith), Melissa, Steve (Stacy), Sean, Scott and Dylan, great-grandchildren: Maya, Colton, Erikir, Carson and Paige.

Visitation at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH CHAPEL (1918 University Ave. NE) Friday, September 18th, from 5 to 8 PM with a Time of Remembrance at 7 PM. Funeral service at ST. MARY’S ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL (17th Ave. NE & 5th Street) Saturday, September 19th, at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior.

**If you plan to attend the visitation, we ask that you please RSVP below to give us an idea of number of people due to COVID restrictions. While this is not a firm RSVP, it greatly helps us in planning.

Funeral will also be live-streamed on St. Mary’s OCA YouTube channel. Additional Celebration of Life in the spring of 2021 with details to follow. Interment St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to the Cathedral or Alzheimer’s Association.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Kozlak-Radulovich Funeral Chapel
    1918 University Avenue NE.
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
    1701 5th St. NE
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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
    1701 5th St. NE
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    Visitation beginning at 10:00 am
    Very Rev. Andrew Morbey
  • Interment

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 12:15pm
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 12:15pm
    St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery
    3025 Stinson Blvd. NE
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Helen Helseth

Posted at 09:56pm
Irene’s funeral today was so inspirational. I’m glad I was able to stream it on my TV. The cathedral is beautiful, and the music was so amazing. I loved the chanting; how beautiful!!! I think they chanted everything except the sermon, even the Gospel.

The priest described Irene so well: delightful, pleasant, caring, easy to be around. I love Irene so much and was so glad to hear his love for her when he talked.

Mostly what I will always remember about Irene is her unique smile. It seemed that no matter whom she was smiling at, there was a touch of admiration for them in her eyes. Her love showed in every smile.

Irene continued to bring joy to so many people and therefore will be greatly missed.

I enjoyed seeing her every summer. Last summer we went on a boat ride with Ginny, Russ, Dylan, and Carson. She really enjoyed it. Afterwards, we worked on a jigsaw puzzle.

I’ve been to so many weddings, showers, grad parties, funerals in this family. I think people must know how much I love Irene, because I was frequently assigned to her table. Mostly what I learned about Irene at these events is her family, especially her grandchildren, made her the happiest. It was the main topic of her conversation. I also noticed that she and Melissa were like “best buddies”.

I will miss seeing Irene next summer.

Amanda Covey

Posted at 03:40pm
I always loved watching The Price is Right with her and then her"programs" (soap operas). She wrote the date and giver's name on every knick-knack or card she ever received. She kept everything and had a garage and basement full of stuff though she almost never went to either place. She always had ice cream from the Schwans man. She loved puzzles. She was fun and went with the flow and was never in a hurry to leave a function. Her absence will always be observed by our family...

Steve Helseth

Posted at 10:02am
Grandma Irene was basically a third or fourth parent to me. I remember spending many days and summers at her house. I remember eating fried eggs and toast (with a generous about of butter) for every meal. I still remember where to find the dish of tootsie rolls. I remember the endless hours of playing Yahtzee, war (card game), memory, and other games with grandma on the living room floor. I even remember playing catch with a tennis ball on the porch. Grandma was a familiar face in the crowd, cheering for me at every sporting event, choir concert, band concert, and graduation. I loved sitting next to grandma on Sunday mornings in church and sharing that passion with her. I am so grateful for the impact she had on my life and all of the fond memories. I will miss her deeply. However, I can say with confidence, because of her unwavering faith, that she is in a better place, still cheering me on. I love you grandma.

Emily Miller

Posted at 09:47am
There are too memories to count about Grandma, but she loved to go out to eat. It wasn’t even really about eating, she just loved to be out. She always wanted to go somewhere and do something. She loved to talk to people and tell stories about her past. After church on Sunday’s, there was always the question, do you want to get something to eat? It would always put a smile on my face because I had been anticipating the question the minute I helped her into the car. I will miss you so much Grandma and our special lunch dates.

Ginny Helseth-Miller

Posted at 11:54pm
There are so many stories with my mom I could share. She has always been a note writer. While we were looking at her stuff, we realized that she had many notebooks filled with information that was about her or interesting to her. One had all of the songs she loved with some of the lyrics written down. One had death dates for anyone and everyone she knew, what they died of and how they were related to her. One had pages of random facts. If I was auditioning for Jeopardy, that would be a great study guide. She had written a letter about her life with her first husband and then our dad. There is so much love in that letter. To have two wonderful husbands was such a blessing. To lose both of them early in life, was extremely sad. She also had a diary for my oldest sister that had daily things that were going on and what Barb did. It had some very funny stuff in it and was just interesting to see what life was like back then. She wrote us a card at Pascha time every year. She never gave them to us but had saved them, so we were able to read them and remember what was going on in our lives. Now realizing how important those things were for us to learn when she died, I will do better at journalizing so my kids can remember the good times in our life, also. It's funny how something so simple that she just loved to do, could mean so much to us. I will sure miss all of the stories and laughter with her. I love you mom.

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