Helen E. Larson, age 90 passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019, at the Glenwood Retirement Home in Glenwood, Minnesota.

Memorial services for Helen E. Larson will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Starbuck with Reverend Paul Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Helen Eleanor Olson, born January 16, 1929, in Cyrus, Pope County Minnesota, the youngest of children born to Fred and Alma (Mickelson) Olson.  She graduated from Cyrus High School in 1946 and attended Vocational Schools in the area.  In 1948 she married A. O. Schumann of Morris, MN.  Al was killed in a hunting accident in 1953.  In 1958 Helen married L.E. Larson of Starbuck, MN.  Lennie passed away in 1968 following heart surgery.

Helen was employed as a bookkeeper at the Cyrus Elevator Company as Ass’t County Recorder and Abstractor in Pope County, Glenwood, MN, and at the United Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. in Starbuck.  Helen moved to Willmar in 1992, her employment in the four county area was with an agency that helped Sr. Citizens find gainful employment in the Community Work Force.  She has also served as church organist at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Starbuck; at the Harrison Presbyterian Church, rural Atwater; Minnewaska Lutheran Home, Starbuck; Rice Care Center, Willmar and also at the Episcopal Church in Willmar.  Her hobbies included geneology, music, sewing, word games and travel – having visited 45 of the 50 states and overseas to Norway twice.  In 1998 she was awarded her 30 year membership in Sons of Norway Lodge.  She has devoted hours and time to sewing lap robes for Hospice patients and also the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud.

Helen is survived by her sister: Marion Cross; children: Mark (Sue) Schumann of Starbuck, MN, Marsha (Bruce) Berhow of St. Augusta, MN, and Loel (Linda) Larson of Kandiyohi, MN; grandchildren: Creg Schumann of St. Paul, MN, Jason (Kim) Schumann of St. Paul, MN, Sara Berhow (Brad Kettinen) of Bloomington, MN, Eric (Lizze) Berhow of Hastings, MN, Chris (Carrie) Larson of Atwater, MN, and Cari (Grant) Huisinga, Spicer, MN.  She is also survived by several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, plus many friends whose lives have touched her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Frances Hawkinson, brothers, Warren (Wob), Tilford (Pat), and Kenneth Olson.

Starbuck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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