Harriet Helgeson, 1918-2017
Published 1:00 am Monday, August 21, 2017
Funeral services for Harriet E. Helgeson, 98, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com
Harriet died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Community.
Harriet E. Helgeson was born Aug. 25, 1918 in Albert Lea. Her parents were Harry and Esther (Dahl) Bagaason. She was a member of East Freeborn Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. Harriet married Milton Helgeson at East Freeborn Lutheran Church in 1942.
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After their marriage, they were longtime members of First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, where she taught Sunday school and served as secretary of the Sunday school. She attended many Bible classes, was a member of the alter guild and mission circle No. 36 and later No. 4. Harriet worked with Senior Resources, the hospital auxiliary and the blood bank. Harriet and her husband spent many winters in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. They also traveled to several places. She loved to play golf, bridge and attend Bible classes. Harriet was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi and was a part of a swim group.
Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne (James) Clausen; grandson, Mitchell (Stacey) Petersen; granddaughter, Julie (Brian) Townsend; and great-grandchildren Savanna, Grayce and Alex Petersen, and Sonya and Thomas Townsend.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton; and daughter, Julie Helgeson.
Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.