Priscilla “Patsy” Ann Helland, age 81 of Park River, ND, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Sanford Hospital of Fargo.
Priscilla Ann Christian was born November 3, 1936 to Percy and Lillian (Johnson) Christian at her paternal grandmother’s home at Lawton, ND. She had twelve years at the Lawton Public School. She attended one year at Mayville State College. She taught two years in country schools: 1955-56 at Cherry Lake District, McHenry, ND; 1956-1957 at Melrose District, Petersburg, ND.
Patsy was united in marriage on June 17, 1956 to Oivind “Diesel” Helland from Petersburg, ND. The couple lived in Petersburg, ND, Lankin, ND and Hunter, ND. They moved to Park River in 1969. The couple had four children: Dawn, Tami, Faye and Gary.
Patsy was very active in all high school and college events; basketball, softball, baseball, dramatics, dancing and cheerleader. She was a great fan of all the sports and events her children and grandchildren were in: cheerleading, basketball, hockey, football, volleyball, dance, baton and figure skating. She loved her Vikings, Twins, Sioux Hockey and Elvis. Her hobbies were family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, bowling (she was a member of the 600 Club), Crocheting (making many afghans and making four baptismal gowns), playing cards, decorating her home, attending to her flowers inside and out and especially loved visiting with her friends.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Lawton, Petersburg, Hunter and Park River. She taught Sunday School for 26 years, was a Luther League advisor, a member of Faith and Care groups and a supporter of Park River Bible Camp. She was active in the Community Club, served as birthday helper and Homemaker. She served as Walsh County Homemaker president, volunteer at Good Samaritan Center, 4-H leader and a member of Lankin and Park River American Legion Auxiliary. She did a lot of babysitting when the couple first moved to Park River, then employed at Park River Bowling Alley and then 21 years at First State Bank at Park River where she retired in December of 1995.
She will be missed by her husband, Oivind Helland, Park River, ND; children: Tami (Terry) Lund, Park River, ND; Faye Soukup, Park River, ND; Gary (Michelle) Helland, Pembina, ND; grandchildren: Cory (Jill) Hell, Matthew (Krissy) Hell, Amber (Pete) Johnson, Jeremy (Allison) Lund, Jason Lund, Chris (Katie) Lund, Darin (Tiffany) Soukup, Jennifer (Aaron) Ranzenberger, Samantha (Josh “Tiny”) Lee, Jessica (Alex) Helland, Rebecca (John) Helland, Machayla Helland and Kierra Helland; great grandchildren: Zachary, Gavin, Jaxton, Savana, Ethan, Claire Ruby, Lily Ann, Madison, D.J., Charlie, Hailey and Gretchen; sister, Lovina Charon, Lawton, ND. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Dawn Hell, grandson, Anthony Helland, sister, Evalyon O’Neil and brothers-in-law: Hugh Charon and James O’Neil.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River. Friends may also call at the church on Thursday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River.