Violet Beatrice Helland, 87, of Rochester died on September 20, 2021 at her home. She was born on November 6, 1933 in Hankinson, ND to Gustav and Laura (Rich) Lenz. She graduated from Hankinson High School in 1951 and from North Dakota State College of Science. She worked for various companies in Fargo, St. Paul and Wadena, MN.
Violet married Howard J. Helland on June 21, 1953. They lived in Wadena, Moorehead and moved to Rochester in 1957. They were members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church since 1957, and she was active in WELCA and was a member of the Sons of Norway. She was employed at Mayo Clinic and retired after seventeen years at SMH in 1994 at Admissions and Business Services as her position as an Admissions Supervisor.
Violet is survived by two sons, Kevin (Linda) of Lake Elmo, MN and Todd (Lisa) of Hudson, WI; one daughter, Sonja (Scott) Kranz of Rochester, MN; ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, one brother, Gregory (Susan) Lenz of Little Falls, MN and two sisters, Beverly (Gary) Klemm of Benson, MN and Myrna (Mike) Hanson of Birchdale, MN, son-in-law, Joel Fritsche and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, daughter, Deborah, two brothers, Eugene and David and two sisters, Lillian and LaVerne.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Visitation will from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Hospice who provide wonderful support and care for Violet.
Memorials are suggested to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Donor's Choice.
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She was an awesome sister in law to me and had many kind words for me after her brother passed away. I have so many great memories of her and her family. God give each of you the strength, she always showed. Love to all, Aunt Lannette
So sorry to hear of Violet's passing. My deepest sympathies.
Vi and Howard have been our wonderful neighbors since we moved here in 1982. They welcomed us straight away, always greeted us with a smile and offered many words of humor and wisdom to our growing family over the years. Now we will miss them both. The neighborhood won't be quite the same without the Hellands. Rest in peace.
Marla & Troy Eagen