Helen M. Miller

FAIRMONT – Services for Helen M. Miller, 101, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service in the Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery in Fairmont.

Helen passed away on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, 2013, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont surrounded by her family. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen Alice Marie (Schmidt) Miller was born Sept. 27, 1912, in Argo Township, Brookings, S.D., the daughter of Dietrich and Emma (Balgren) Schmidt. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church in White, S.D., on Oct. 20, 1912, and was confirmed at the same church on May 13, 1926. Helen attended country school and later White High School where she was active in basketball and baseball graduated as valedictorian of her class. While in high school, Helen worked part-time as a telephone operator. After her graduation, Helen moved to Fairmont, Minn., where she did housework for family members and also worked for Sweet Shop in Fairmont and did housekeeping for the Wentworth Family. It was here she met Harold Miller and the couple was united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1936, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont and blessed with eight children, Ted, Carolyn, Jerome, Phil, Jim, Larry, Mary, and Cindy. Together, the family would make their home on various farms in Fraser and Rutland Townships and also in Willow Creek before making their home in Fairmont. She worked for many years with Stokley’s and retired in 1977. In her spare time, Helen enjoyed making confirmation banners for Immanuel Lutheran Church, playing cards and cheering on the Minnesota Twins. She was a wonderful singer and seamstress and enjoyed mending and making alterations for family members and friends. In the summer, Helen cherished time spent outdoors tending to her flowers and garden and in the fall she could be found canning the fruits of her labor. She was very active in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was a member for many years and was also active in the LWML, the Sunshine Club, and the Extension Club. Helen also delivered Meals on Wheels well after her 80th birthday. Helen treasured time spent with her family and looked forward to visits from grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by those who loved her and called her friend. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carolyn Wagner of Huntley, Minn., Jerome (Karen) Miller of Edinburg, Texas, Phil (Jan) Miller of Truman, Minn., Jim (Gayla) Miller of Fairmont, Minn., Larry (Becky) Miller of Fairmont, Minn., Mary Miller of Truman, Minn., and Cindy Simpson and special friend Harley Blackstad of Hanska, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, William (Harriet) Schmidt of Rapid City, S.D.; three sisters, Esther Begalka of Clear Lake, S.D., Emalyn Fritzler of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Marian Kruse of Rapid City, S.D.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Dietrich and Emma Schmidt; husband, Harold; son, Theodore Miller; a grandson, Jonathan Wagner; twin great-granddaughters; son-in-law, Robert Wagner; brother, Elmer Schmidt; two infant sisters, Ruth Schmidt and Minnie Schmidt; sisters, Cora Heppler, Gladys Hutt and Dorothy Fellows, as well as many in-laws. The family requests memorials be given in Helen’s name to the Martin Luther High School in Northrop, Minn.