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Helen Halbakken

Sept. 23, 1920-Aug. 9, 2008

Helen A. Halbakken, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Helen Amanda Anderson was born the daughter of Abel and Hannah (Johanson) Anderson on Sept. 23, 1920 in Pelican Rapids. She grew up on the family farm northwest of Pelican Rapids. Helen was baptized and confirmed at Pelican Lutheran Church. She attended school in rural Pelican Rapids.

Helen married William Halbakken on Feb. 26, 1938 in Sisseton, S.D. Together they farmed west of Pelican Rapids until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1946. They owned and operated several area businesses throughout the years. Helen also worked as a waitress at several cafes and did housekeeping for local resorts.

In 1971, Helen and William began an antique business. They also raised and trained several hundred draft horses on their hobby farm north of Detroit Lakes.

Helen enjoyed traveling, antiquing, baking and visiting with family, grandchildren and friends.

Surviving Helen are her four sons, Charles Halbakken of Hawley, Gary (Linda) Halbakken of Franklin, Tenn., Dale (Cindy) Halbakken of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Ronald (Judy) Halbakken of Detroit Lakes; 18 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Lloyd Halbakken of Lake Park; sister-in-law, Ruby Neuleib of Fergus Falls; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Helen in death were her husband, two sons, Jerome "Huck" and William "Billy"; two grandchildren; brother, Richard Anderson; and two sisters, Irene Christianson and Norma Halbakken.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment following at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Foundation (1415 Madison Ave. Detroit Lakes, MN 56501) or the donor's choice.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, has been handling arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at