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Helen Emelia Medaris, 87

Helen Emelia Medaris, 87, of Park Rapids died Saturday June 28, 2008 at the Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, Fargo. She previously was under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and VA home-based primary care.

Helen Emelia Medaris, 87, of Park Rapids died Saturday June 28, 2008 at the Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, Fargo. She previously was under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and VA home-based primary care.

She was born July 19, 1920 in Minneapolis to Nels and Gertrude Anderson Pearson. Her mother died when she was 6 years old, and later her father married Helen Norman. Because of the nature of her father's job in the construction industry, she lived and attended schools in many cities in the Midwest, Michigan and on the East Coast.

She graduated from West High School in Minneapolis in 1938. She then attended the Holland School of Business in Holland, MI, graduating in 1940. She worked for the Holland Furnace Co.

She served in the WAVES during World War II. She was stationed in Washington, DC in Naval Intelligence. While waiting to be called into the service, she helped entertain the returning troops through the USO.

Following her discharge from the Navy, she returned to Minneapolis, where she worked for Metalware, Paramount Pictures and various temporary services.

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On Dec. 20, 1946 she married Robert H. Medaris in Minneapolis. In 1947 they moved to Devils Lake, ND, where she worked for F.W. Woolworths. In 1948 they moved to Muskegon, MI and in 1949 moved back to Minneapolis, where she worked at the Grain Belt Brewery as well as temporary services. In 1964 they moved to Park Rapids and purchased a funeral home and ambulance service. She worked with her husband in the Medaris Funeral Home in Park Rapids until their retirement in 1987.

She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church Reading Circle as well as Itasca Chapter 70 of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband; one daughter; Valerie L. Medaris of Detroit Lakes; son-in-Law, Richard B. Fleming of Detroit Lakes; one son, David J. (Nancy) of Sheperdstown, WV, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert L.; daughter, Diane L. Medaris; and sister; Ruth Ronning.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids with Pastor Ken Nyhusmoen officiating.

Interment: 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com .

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