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Leanna D. Helmers

July 6, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

DUNNELL - A Celebration of Life Services for Leanna D. Helmers, 81, of Dunnell, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dunnell with Pastor Nancy Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in Lake Fremont Cemetery, Dunnell, Minn.

Leanna was called to her eternal rest on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, 2012, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Sherburn and one hour prior to the services at the Church in Dunnell on Monday.

Messages of sympathy may be sent online to the family at

Leanna Doris Simacek was born on August 4, 1930, to Rudolph and Ottolena (Handevidt) Simacek in Enterprise Township, rural Alpha, Minn. She was baptized and later confirmed in Alpha, Minn. Leanna attended country school and then attended Sherburn-Dunnell High School. On December 17, 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert Helmers at Alpha, Minn. After their marriage she was employed as a nannie for various families in the area and was a nurses aide at the Good Samaritan Center in Estherville and was employed at Stokley Van Camp Company in Fairmont and then at Rudy's and Charlie's Caf both of Dunnell. Leanna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dunnell and was the church treasurer for many years and belonged to its ladies aid. She also was a member of the Dunnell Study Club. Her hobbies were cooking, baking, working with her flowers, reading, going to coffee with her friends. Her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her joy in life.

Survivors include; her husband, Robert Helmers of Dunnell, Minn.; her children, Debra (Douglas) Johnson of Fairmont, Minn., Dennis (Connie) Helmers of rural Dunnell, Minn., Michael (Sharon) Helmers of Owatonna, Minn., Alan (Lola) Helmers of Dunnell, Minn., Gary Helmers and Terry (Becky) Helmers both of Dunnell, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Elmer Simacek of Estherville, Iowa, Robert (June) Simacek of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Dale (Joann) Handevidt of Armstrong, Iowa, Vernon (Sylvia) Handevidt of Welcome, Minn., and brother-in-law, Don Helmers and special friend, Norma of Estherville, Iowa; foreign exchange student, Eva-Marie Seidl of Otterskiarchen, Germany; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Leanna is preceded in death by her parents, Rudy and Lena Simacek; father and mother-in-law, Neil and Susie Helmers; brother-in-law, Orville Koenecke and Maynard Gohr; sister, Caryll Gohr; sisters-in-law, Donna Jean Koenecke, Lucille Simacek and nephew, Kenny Simacek and other relatives.



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