Helen Peterson, 89, Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Ale Tulu and Rev. John Golv officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the church.

Helen Elaine Lola Horgen was born February 23, 1929 in Warren, MN, the daughter of Fred and Stella (Qualley) Horgen.  She attended school in Warren and graduated from Warren High School.  Helen attended business school at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

Following college Helen moved to Thief River Falls.  She became employed by Land O’ Lakes where she worked for 42 years.

Helen was united in marriage to Tilman Peterson on May 24, 1976.

Helen was known for caring and giving to others.  On July 22, 2011 Helen was named Outstanding Senior Citizen by the Pennington County Fair Association.

Helen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls where she was very active.

Helen is survived by her sister, Marlys Hopke of Waite Park, MN; nephew, Arthur (Donna) Horgen of Knoxville, IA; nieces, Frances (Robert) Odell of Apple Valley, MN and Kristy (Jerry) Beatty of  Canneyville, KY; step-children, James (Betty) Peterson of International Falls, MN, Jeri Yandow of St. Albans, VT, Tim (Sandra) Peterson of Thief River Falls, MN, and Margo (Gordy) Peterson of Thief River Falls, MN;  step-grandchildren, Patti Laber, Mark (Idalia) Laber, Treavor (Elizabeth) Peterson, Eric (Mandi) Peterson, April Peterson, and Kent (Mariah) Peterson; five step great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tilman; her parents; and brother, Lloyd Horgen; step-son, Darrell Peterson; step-daughter, Joan Laber.


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