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Helen Nygard

Oct. 28, 1913-Jan. 16, 2008

Former Strawberry Lake resident Helen E. Nygard, 94, of Moorhead, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo.

Helen Elizabeth Koski was born to Kalle and Lizzie (Oorni) Koski on Oct. 28, 1913, in St. Louis County, Minn.

She attended country school in Becker County and later helped her family on the farm. On July 1, 1936 she married Karl Nygard, and they made their home in Strawberry Lake.

Helen was a homemaker; she wove rugs and raised chickens while Karl was away testing dairy cattle.

Even through the tough times of the 1930s Helen stood strong and proud, teaching her children the values of love and family.

Helen was thankful for everything she had in life. She was a hard worker and led by example.

She enjoyed playing cards, polka dancing, gardening, canning, knitting, crocheting, quilting and visiting with family and friends.

Helen will be remembered and deeply missed by her children: Jerry (Eunice) Nygard of Arlington, Va., Gordy Nygard of Georgetown, Minn., and Bonita "Bonney" Wegner of West Fargo; one brother, William (Janet) Koski of Superior, Wis.; one sister, Laila Utke of Northridge, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Karl; infant son, Robert; three brothers, Richard, Armas and Harold Koski; and one sister, Tyyne Soyring.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church in rural Ogema; there will be visitation for one hour prior to services.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements.