Helen S. Hartjen

Helen S. Hartjen

WELCOME — Funeral services for Helen S. Hartjen, 90, of rural Welcome, Minn., will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Fraser Township, rural Fairmont, Minn. Burial will be in the Welcome City Cemetery.

Helen was called to her eternal rest Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2019, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Fraser Township, rural Fairmont, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com

Helen Sophia Marie Winter was born June 9, 1928, in Lake Belt Township, Martin County, Minn., to Christian Frederick Daniel Winter and Alma Martha Amanda Anna Schulz. She was baptized in 1928 and later confirmed, both in Ceylon. Helen received her education in Ceylon Public School, later graduating with the class of 1946.

On Nov. 7, 1945, she was united in marriage to Melvin Joseph Hartjen at the home of Helen’s parents in rural Ceylon, Minn. Helen was a housewife and farm wife and, together with Melvin, raised their eight daughters in Fox Lake Township, rural Welcome.

Melvin was called to his eternal rest on Friday, May 7, 1999. Helen continued living on the farm in Fox Lake Township until becoming a resident of Goldfinch Estates and Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, both in Fairmont.

Helen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She greatly enjoyed traveling, crocheting, leather work, genealogy, Scrabble, cribbage, computer games and email, and solving number finds.

She is survived by her eight daughters: Patricia (Louis) Plueger of Mankato, Minn., Beverly Stowe of Minneapolis, Minn., Lonnie (Robert) Moffitt of rural Welcome, Minn., Kathleen (David) Schultz of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jennifer Schmolke of rural Welcome, Minn., Marsha (Paul) Peterson of Blaine, Minn., Amy (Brad) Handevidt of Mantorville, Minn., and Rita (Byron) Cole of Mantorville, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; two sisters, Hazel (Justin) Zitterich, and Hilda (Al) Terfehr; and other relatives.