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  • ID: I4
  • _UID: 14A35E2A83BA432A87A39BE59DED9CFAB382
  • Name: Helen Agnes WIKEN
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 17 MAY 1909 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Death: 6 JUN 1999 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: 9 JUN 1999 Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Note: St. Pauli Cemetery
  • Christening: 27 JUN 1909 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Note: Sponsors: Lars/Regina Loken, Ingebregt Viken, Anna Soluppen
  • CONF: 14 OCT 1923 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Note: confirmed in Norwegian language
  • Note:

    Obituary (Thief River Falls Times): Helen Torkelson Olson, 90, died Sunday, June 6, 1999 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

    Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, June 9) at 2:00pm at St. Pauli Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls, with Reverend Terri Cuppett officiating. Grace Hammer will be the organist, and soloists will be Van Swanson and Terri Cuppett. Casketbearers will be Cere Smith, Damita Underwood, Dana Torkelson, Kari Torkelson, Kayla Pizzo, Kirsten Garrett, Linnae Lecher, and Marisa Johnson. Burial will be at St. Pauli Cemetery in Rocksbury Township of Pennington county.

    Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 8 from 5 to 8 pm with an 8pm prayer service at Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services at the church.

    Helen Agnes Wiken was born on May 17, 1909 in Smiley township, the daughter of Halvor and Caroline (Rosedahl) Wiken. She was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at St. Pauli Lutheran Church and attended school at Washington School, District 221.

    On February 17, 1931, Helen was united in marriage to Melvin Torkelson in Thief Rvier Falls. The couple farmed in rural Thief River Falls all of their married life. Melvin died in 1982.

    Helen was an organist at St. Pauli Lutheran Church for over 20 years and was active in its Laides Aid and circle. She worked at Oakland Park Nursing Home and Northwestern Hospital as a nurse?s aid and at Arctic Cat in the fiberglass department. She was a member of Sons of Norway and Golden Years Choir.

    She enjoyed dancing, playing the piano, farming, working outdoors and burning dead grass, crossword puzzles, travel, flowers, needlework and horses. Helen liked her coffee hot and her cake sweet.

    On July 3, 1983 she married Orris Olson and lived in Oklee until moving to Valley Home in Thief River Falls in February of 1998.

    Survivors include her husband, Orris; one sister, Emma Haydal Stroud of Billings, Montana; two sons, Wallace (Delores) Torkelson of Thief River Falls and Marvin (Darlene) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; five daughters, Geraldine Guerard of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wahna Smith of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Faye (Oliver) Auchenpaugh of Thief River Falls, Ivette Garrett of South St. Paul and Pamela (Kevin) Kittridge of Maplewood; 30 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin; two sons, Francis Marion and Willis; two brothers, Gustav and Martin; two sons-in-law, Theodore Guerard and Robert Garrett; and one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Torkelson
  • Change Date: 17 JAN 2008

    Father: Halvor Olsen WIKEN b: 27 JUL 1876 in Storviken, Møre og Romsdal (now), Norway
    Mother: Karoline (Caroline) RØSEDAHL b: 5 AUG 1864 in Rosedahl Farm, Vestre Toten, Norway c: 30 OCT 1864 in Vestre Toten, Norway

    Marriage 1 Melvin Olaf TORKELSON b: 6 SEP 1899 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
    • Married: 17 FEB 1931 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
    1. Has Children Francis Marion WIKEN b: 2 AUG 1928 in Baker, Montana c: 5 NOV 1928
    2. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    3. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    4. Has No Children Willis Duane TORKELSON b: 31 MAY 1935 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    5. Has No Children Living TORKELSON
    6. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    7. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    8. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    9. Has Children Living TORKELSON

    Marriage 2 Orris OLSON b: 2 JUL 1908 in Star Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    • Married: 3 JUL 1983 in Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    • Note: St. Pauli Lutheran Church
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