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Helen Lillian Fridberg Tungseth, 95

Helen Lillian Fridberg Tungseth was born on the family homestead near
Middle River, Minnesota, March 24, 1916 to Bertil and Ida (Jacobson)
Fridberg, the eighth of nine children.
On December 16, 1944 Helen was united in marriage to Rueben Tungseth
(1915 – 1969).  Their home was blessed with four children, Clarke
(Iris), Keith (Lynn), Mark (Sandy) and Joy (1957 – 2002).  Her
children blessed her with the joys of 14 grandchildren Angie (Greg)
Siwek, Nathan Tungseth, Heidi Tungseth, Aaron (Janet) Tungseth, Shaun
(Allison) Tungseth, Mandi (Tyler) Soltvedt, Josh Tungseth, Alyssa
(Fabrice) Kunzi, Sarah (Luke) Hancock, Crystal (John) Karstens, Jason
(Danika) Anderson, Shannon (Chad) Luchin, Rachel Anderson, and Josiah
Anderson, and 13 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by one
sister, Ida (Fridberg) Saari of Hibbing, MN and a sister in law,
Jeanette (Tungseth) Overlid of Plymouth, MN. She was preceded in
death by her parents, husband, daughter, and siblings Helga Gilbert,
Elna Dahl, Conrad, Edith Strandell Johnson, Elmer, Alma Torell, and
After graduation from Drayton High School, Helen moved to Minneapolis
until her marriage in 1944.  Helen and Rueben raised their family on
their farm in Teien, where they were active in the Teien Covenant
Church.  Upon retiring from farming, Helen went to college in Texas
and then on to mission ventures in Australia, China, Hong Kong,
Malaysia, Spain, Thailand as well as travel in Central and South
America, Europe, Norway, Sweden and Israel. She also spent time
serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators and LoveLines, a Christian
counseling center.
In her retirement she established her home in Plymouth, MN and for
the past 5 years resided at Bryant House in Maple Plain, MN.
In March of this year, Clarke and Iris hosted Helen’s 95th birthday
party attended by 40 family members.  Helen was the life of the party!
Helen passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011 after a becoming ill 5 days
A funeral service is planned at Teien Covenant Church, Drayton, ND
Monday, July 11 at 2 p.m. The Austin Funeral home of Drayton is in
charge of arrangements.

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