Helen Judith Dreissig

Helen Judith Dreissig

Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother
Helen J. Dreissig, (nee Anderson, nee Spear) age 96 of Elk River, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2014.
Preceded in death by her parents Charles Teddy and Jonette Anderson; husbands, Leslie Spear and Edwin Dreissig; step-grandson Jeff Dreissig; brothers, Norman and Ernest Anderson, sisters, Charlotte McKay and Mabel Nicolai.
Survived by her sons Wayne Spear and Charles Spear (Vicki Leveling Spear); step-children, Elvira (Edwin) Tom, Patricia Anderson, Robert (Shirley) Dreissig and Richard Dreissig; grandchildren Thomas Clayton Spear, Dara Russell; step-grandchildren, Stephanie Larson, Jennifer Babcock, Andy Dreissig, Adam Anderson and eight great-grandchildren. Also survived by many generations of friends, nieces, nephews and relatives.
Helen retired from the US Department of Agriculture Sherburne County ASCS office in the early 1970s after more than twenty years of service. She was the Valedictorian of Preston (MN) High School, Class of 35 and the captain of the 1935 Preston HS Girls Basketball team.
She graduated from the Wisconsin Business College at LaCrosse, Wi. Helen and her husband Les were members of the Madison (WI) Motorcycle Club in the late 1930s and won the trophy for riding their Harley-Davidson more than 10,000 miles in one year. Always looking for a new challenge, Helen continued to plan for the day she could take flying lessons and skydive.
Helen was an election judge for several years and for decades was a prolific volunteer for many local organizations including Meals On Wheels, was an original member of C.A.E.R and was proud to have won several honors for selling the most raffle tickets for Guardian Angels and Holy Trinity fund raising events.
She always had a hot cup of coffee brewing for her many friends, and being very proud of her Norwegian heritage, she was very quick with yet another eye-rolling Ole and Lena joke (but always happy to expose the truth about those Swedes!). Helen was humbled to be the Honorary Grandmother to many friends and children in her church and neighborhood. Known for collecting Monarch caterpillars for many of her special kids, she labeled sometimes more than a dozen jars with each of their names so they could watch them evolve into their own special Monarch butterflies. Her home became the neighborhood go-to place after school for her world-famous homemade root beer floats.
Funeral service takes place Saturday, August 23, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1326 4th St. NW, Elk River. Visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. (1 hour prior to the service). Interment Rushford Lutheran Cemetery, Rushford, MN.
Memorials preferred to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Arr Dares Funeral Home 763-441-1212
www.daresfuneralhome.com

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