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Helen Leier, of Stanchfield, MN, died on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Meadows on Fairview in Wyoming, MN.  She was 81 years old.

FUNERAL will be held on Monday, September 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Braham Ev. Covenant Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday at the church.

BURIAL will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Helen Claire Leier (Oma) January 4, 1935- September 6, 2016 of Stanchfield, MN. Age 81.
I love you, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!
Our mother, grandmother and Oma passed away following a struggle with bladder cancer. Daughter of the late Ross and Edna Phillips, of Williston, ND, she is preceded in death by her husband Phil Leier. She is survived by her sisters Jan Roediger( Joe), Roxanne Pego (John), Holley Rieger (Loren), and her children Ross Schutta (Michelle) Scott Schutta (Lisa), David Schutta, JoEllen Hermanson (Joe), Bruce Leier (Mary Jo), Darlene Leier ( Tesh) and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and admirers!
Born and raised in St Paul, her family was instrumental in forming North Heights Lutheran Church. She married Joe Schutta and raised 4 children. She later married Phil Leier. Following his retirement from the St Paul Police force they moved to ‘The Farm’ in Stanchfield, MN. Through the Rush City Hospital Auxiliary she raised funds to maintain this rural hospital for many years; then assisted with the transfer of ownership to Fairview to maintain this vital community clinic and pharmacy. As a Nessel Township Clerk and Board Member, she organized the naming of all streets in Chisago County to facilitate enhanced 911 emergency responses. She published Rush City Dateline, a bimonthly newsletter sent out to all Rush City addresses announcing community events. She worked tirelessly with a small group of rural activists to establish the Rush City prison guaranteeing state jobs in northern Chisago county, look for Leier Drive intersecting with Highway 61 just north of Rush City!


8 thoughts on “HELEN CLAIRE LEIER”

  1. I love you Helen! So sorry we didn’t connect during our medical issues. Thinking of all your family members missing you. You are a beautiful woman, and i am excited to share with your family a day in remembrance of you! Good Bless all of you!

  2. You are the best Grandma in the world and I will miss you until the day we are reunited again. I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!!!

  3. You are the best mother, mother in-law, and traveling companion. I will forever remember our getaway to New York with two ten year olds, McKenzie and Darren. This photo of you was taken in New York while we attempted to have a nice quiet dinner with two children bursting at the seams with energy. You brought happiness to everyone you touched, warm and joyful. The family holidays at the farm were wonderful and you’ve left us with many warm and happy memories to keep us for a lifetime. With every beautiful day we experience without you we will be reminded of your love of family, pets,birds, flowers, nature and sunsets over the lake. I hope Griz and Bear greeted you with leaps and kisses. It’s comforting your parents and husband are with you now and will hold you tight until we are all united one day.

  4. Bruce and Family,
    So sorry for your loss, Know that I am sending hugs and prayers. Keep all your memories close to your heart and cherish them every day.

  5. Darlene and family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was a strong, spirited woman. “The Farm” was an amazing place. I had the pleasure and honour to spend various times there with my dear friend Darlene.
    May her spirit live in all of you.

    Dawn Thompson.

  6. Roxanne, Holly and the Schutta kids,

    I am devastated to read of Helen’s passing. She was most definitely one of the best. The Phillips family did a lot for me in my early years. I never would have been able to accomplish what I have done with my life if it wasn’t for all of them. Ross and Edna and their girls. Thank you so much for all you did for me. And dear Phil. God bless you all.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You have my deepest sympathy.

  7. The night Phil passed, Helen and I took a walk…and she said what would happen if heaven was so huge they did not get to be together again. I told her that even if heaven was a large old pond and she and Phill were tiny amoebas’..they would swim and find each other, their love was that strong. Here’s to you guys, Helen..we will miss your unflagging enthusiasm for living, but Phil has probably not quit hugging you. I can imagine the smiles.

  8. So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing; and also sorry that we as neighbors have not kept in touch for some time. Our deepest sympathy to you! God bless you with his comforting presence.
    Roger and Marian Eklund

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