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Helen E. Amborn

Helen E. (Raba) Amborn, age 61, of Rapid City, S.D. died on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Helen was born in Walworth County, S.D. to Martin and Katherine (Kosters) Raba on Jan. 6, 1948. She attended grade school in Selby and high school in Java. She graduated in 1966 and went on to college at Northern State in Aberdeen where she received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Her first teaching assignment was in Mobridge from 1970 to 1975. She also taught in Lower Brule for three years. In 1978 she began teaching in the Douglas School District. She married Wallace "Red" Amborn on July 18, 1981 in Rapid City at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and they made their home in the Black Hills near Johnson Siding.

She retired from teaching in the Douglas School System in June 2004. She continued working with children as a substitute teacher in Rapid City public and private schools until January 2009.

She belonged to Blessed Sacrament Church and the Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed the sports activities of her children, including the long drives to practice and games. She liked traveling with friends to Florida and went on a mission to Mexico City while working in Mobridge.

Survivors include her husband, Wallace "Red" Amborn, Rapid City; one son, Jeremy (Rose) Amborn, Ellsworth Air Force Base; two daughters, Heidi (Ethan) Rector, Wauwatosa, Wis. and Ericka Amborn, Rapid City; seven sisters, Arlene (Art) Marty, Rapid City, Delores James, Coppell, Texas, Kathleen Raba, Sioux Falls, Cecelia Adams, Rapid City, Agnes (Delano) Sandy, Selby, Anna (Dave) Weber, Maple Grove, and Barbara Raba, Selby; one brother, Martin Andrew (Nancy) Raba, Selby; five grandchildren, Alexzandr Amborn, Jillian Amborn, Aiden Amborn, Kailey Amborn and Samantha Helen Rector; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City will be Monday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Wake service at 7 p.m. Viewing will also take place one hour before funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City with Father Andrzej Wyrostek as celebrant. Interment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis at 1:30 p.m. that same day.

A memorial has been established in her name by the American Heart Association. Friends may sign Helen's online guestbook at