Helen Audra Heitke, of Mora, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Mpls. She was 84 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, November 24th at 11:00 A.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel in Mora. Rev. Vicki Vander Vegt will officiate. VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Helen Audra Heitke, of Mora, passed away on November 20, 2007 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis of a heart attack. She was 84 years old.
Helen was born on April 27, 1923 in Crawford County, Illinois to Jesse and Lottie (Crow) Tuttle. She grew up there on the family farm, graduated from Hutsonville High School, and then attended Business College. During the war, she returned home to help operate the family farm. Through her family’s showing of dairy cattle, she met Neill Heitke from Paynesville, Minnesota. They were married on April 16, 1948 and had two sons.
Helen and Neill first resided in Excelsior, Minnesota where Neill was employed at the Boulder Bridge Farm, owned by the Dayton Corporation. In 1951 Helen and Neill bought a farm on Knife Lake in Kanabec County, which they operated until retirement in 1978. During retirement, Helen enjoyed traveling and camping in their motor home and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a caring and generous wife, mother, and grandmother who was loved by all who knew her.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Neill, brother Norman Tuttle, sisters Thelma and Francis.
She is survived by her sons Gordon Heitke and wife Diane of Cambridge, and Barton Heitke and wife June of Mora, Grandchildren Kristen Heitke, Jesse Heitke, Adam Heitke, and Jennifer Robertson.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora with Pastor Vicki VanderVegt officiating. Music was provided by Arne Everson and Kaia Ringwald. Casket Bearers were Dallas Olson, Dick Patterson, Dave Salmonson, Terry Fratzke, Adam Heitke, and Jesse Heitke. Honorary Casket Bearers were Virgil Salmonson, Sid Doering, Maurice Grogan, and Russel Wirt. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora, Minnesota. Arrangements were entrusted to the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.