Funeral services for Helen Busch of Morris, MN will be held Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chokio, with Pastor Minette Stalheim Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris.
Helen passed peacefully away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the young age of 99 years and 6 months. She could be counted on for her wit, sarcasm and being as much of a “spitfire” as her brother used to say, and she passed on these characteristics to many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Helen was the youngest of 8 children to be born to Rudolph and Helga (Lee) Bjerkness on December 19, 1921, in Colfax, Wisconsin. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1940
Helen met John at a dance at the Friendship Club, where she “fell head over heels in love”. Helen and John were married on August 20, 1949 and lived in the barracks at the University. They moved to Chokio in 1951 to begin the veterinary practice. The veterinary business thrived for 50 years where Helen and John worked side by side until they retired in August 1989.
They enjoyed seeing many sites of the world. Helen was very active in the community in various organization. Helen was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She and John loved to dance. Helen was a beautiful and gifted seamstress. Everyone loved the “soft” jammies. She was always up for a card game of “tic” frequently stating her famous “hocus pocus philly-ocus” to get that winning card! Helen moved into Legacy Assisted Living in 2016.
Helen is preceded in death by her loving husband, John, her parents, brothers and sisters, and infant grandchildren.
Helen is survived by sons: Michael (Joyce), Thomas (Sandra), Steven (Robin) and David (Amy) and daughters: Barbara (Tom) Braatz and Sheila (Russ) Winkels of Perham, MN. 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials that will be distributed in Helen’s name to local charities. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.