- April 21, 1919 - April 11, 2007
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Helen Cecilia Amanda Nelson Lindberg, age 87, of Perham, MN, passed away peacefully at her home on Little McDonald Lake on April 11, 2007, with her family and loving neighbors at her side. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 11:00 am at United Methodist Church, Perham, with Reverend Roger Parks officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 20, at Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and one hour prior to services at the church.
Helen Lindberg passed away peacefully at her home on Little McDonald Lake on April 11, 2007. Members of her family and loving neighbors were at her side. She was just shy of her 88th birthday. Helen Cecilia Amanda Nelson Lindberg was born April 21, 1919, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Karin Martine Sorensen (originally from Porsgrund, Norway) and Anton Nelson (originally from Knared, Sweden). She grew up on the farm her parents homesteaded near Gordon, Wisconsin. After graduation from Gordon High School in 1936 she went to Bartley's Business School in Superior, Wisconsin, then to South St. Paul where she worked as a secretary. It was there she met Sgt. George Byron Lindberg who was stationed at Fort Snelling; they were married October 10, 1942, three days before Byron was to leave for Army Officers' Candidate School in Belvoir, Virginia. (Byron informed her of this after the wedding.) While Byron was stationed at Fort Ord, Helen rejoined him in Monterey, California, where they shared their first house together--a cottage near the ocean. After he returned from World War II service in the Pacific theater, they established their home in Breckenridge, Minnesota.
In the early 1950s Helen moved with her two young children to San Pedro, California, while Byron served in the Korean conflict. They lived there for two years before returning together to Breckenridge, Minnesota, where a third child was born. Helen concentrated on rearing her three children and she also helped in her husband's store, Lindberg Linoleum and Carpet Company. Helen and her family were active in the First Methodist Church of Breckenridge, involved in many activities in the public school, and enjoyed summer camping trips. During these years Helen played host to two other daughters, Waltraut (Mickey) Gorath, an AFS student from Germany, and Budsakorn (Oye) Yannahan, an exchange student from Thailand. At age 50 Helen was persuaded by her son-in-law to take classes at the State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. After two years she transferred to Moorhead State College. In 1972 as part of an education project in Urban Teacher Preparation, and with the blessing of her husband and youngest daughter, she volunteered to teach at Horace Mann, an inner city school in Gary, Indiana, sharing an apartment with several twenty-year old Moorhead students for five months. After graduating cum laude with a degree in English and a minor in Library Science from Moorhead State, she worked as a librarian for the Wahpeton school district, the Wahpeton Public Library, and the Breckenridge Public Library.
Helen and Byron both retired in 1980 and moved permanently to their cottage on Little McDonald Lake. They became members of the First Methodist Church of Perham, and Helen was active in United Methodist Women and served as a delegate to the Minnesota Annual Conference. The couple enjoyed early morning swims together at PACC, cross-country skied in winter, tended large vegetable and flower gardens, and became members of the Lady Slipper Garden Club of Perham. In recent years Helen especially enjoyed her exercise classes with the ladies of Dent. Always an avid reader, Helen was a volunteer at the Perham Public Library for 15 years.
Preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Arthur Nelson, Helen leaves Byron, her husband of 64 years, and three married children: Gwen (Jim) Nagel of Athens, Georgia, and Harrison, Maine; Mark (Wendie) Lindberg of Roseville, Minnesota; and Mary (Kim) Adelman of Poway, California; and three grandchildren: Blake and Reed Adelman and Zoe Lindberg. She also leaves many friends and loving neighbors. Her family is grateful to them for their generous acts of kindness. They also thank the many nurses and staff of the Hospice of the Red River Valley for their compassionate care. Finally, they can never fully express their gratitude to Prudence Konley for the extraordinary caregiving and love she bestowed on Helen and her family throughout her last illness. In lieu of flowers her family suggests Helen be remembered with memorial donations to the Perham Public Library.