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The Memorial Service for Helen Siewerdsen was 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the First Lutheran Church in Britton, SD. Rev. Terrill Sorensen officiated and inurnment was in the Britton Cemetery.
Helen passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Marshall County Healthcare Center in Britton at the age of 90.
The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton was entrusted with Helen’s arrangements.
Helen Juliet Hanson was born January 16, 1923 on the family farm near Veblen, SD to Edward and Gina Josephine (Simonson) Hanson. As a youngster, she grew up there and attended rural school in the Veblen area. She graduated from Sisseton High School in 1942.
After receiving her education, Helen moved to Minneapolis, MN where she assisted with the war effort. Her first job was for a refrigeration company where she made shell casings for the U.S. Navy. She later worked at the American Can Company and produced ammunition boxes.
Helen returned to the local area and attended college at Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen where she received her teacher’s certificate. She later taught rural school in the Veblen and Browns Valley, MN area.
On June 14, 1947, Helen was united in marriage with Robert Lawrence “Tiny” Siewerdsen. They made their first home in Browns Valley, lived for a short time in Milbank, and moved to Britton in 1951. In Britton, Helen worked as a nurse’s aide at the Britton Hospital until moving to Groton in 1970. While living in Groton, Helen worked as a nursing assistant at the Dakota Midland Hospital in Aberdeen.
In 1977 the couple moved to Harlingen, TX where Helen was employed by the Upjohn Company. She also taught piano and organ lessons while living in Texas. Robert passed away on December 1, 1996. Helen continued to make her home in Texas until returning to Britton in 2004, where she has lived since that time.
In addition to her working outside of the home and raising her family, Helen’s hands were always busy with some kind of handiwork. She loved to knit, crochet, embroider and do bead work. She was a talented artist, and could draw almost anything. Tatting is another of her talents, a kind of handwork that is done by very few anymore. Helen also enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble, especially at family get-togethers. In her younger years, Helen planted and tended a large garden, and canned the produce for her family’s use.
Helen is survived by three daughters: Barbara Johnson of Pierre, SD; Rebecca (Brent) Thayer of Britton, SD; Valerie “Josie” (Timothy) Hornaman of Aberdeen, SD; seven grandchildren: Judy Ann “J.J.” Mestas, Traci Schmitz, Kari Scheil, Mindi Vavra, Kyle Furman, Blake Furman, Kelly Steffen; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Elnora (Dick) Stewart of Sisseton, SD and Carol Johnson of Wheaton, MN.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, an infant son, Robert Todd Siewerdsen; a daughter, Natalie Chrans; a brother, Jesmer Hanson and a sister, Ethelyn Byman.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.pricefuneralchapel.net.
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