Helen Halloran Wheeler

July 22, 1931 ~ April 5, 2013 (age 81)

Helen Halloran Wheeler, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, friend, and volunteer, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at her home in Chatfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald F. and Loretta Halloran, and a brother, John.

She is survived by five children, Pat (Camille) Wheeler of Eagan, Cindy (Bill) Litfin of Windom, Mike (Caroline) Wheeler of Eden Prairie, Joni Wheeler of Palm Desert, Calif., and Tim (Jane) Wheeler of Park Rapids; treasured grandchildren, Anne, Aaron, Irene, Amy, Jason, Allison, Kendra, Neil, Taylor, Bella and Chris; and beloved great-grandchildren, Colin, Ashley and Hayley. Helen is also survived by her two supportive sisters, Geri Beckel and Karen (Terry) Huckstadt; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Helen was born July 22, 1931, and grew up in Chatfield, graduating from Chatfield High School in 1949 and Winona Teachers College in 1951. While living in Park Rapids, Helen was an active volunteer helping the low income and elderly with their taxes. She was Lake Emma Township supervisor and also volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. Helen was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. She made many friends while in Park Rapids and enjoyed their friendship throughout her life.

Helen relocated to southeastern Minnesota and volunteered in many church and community organizations and events. She was the resident manager of the Ronald McDonald House where she supported families from all over the United States and the world. In addition, Helen volunteered annually by helping the elderly file their tax forms. Helen has attended St. Mary's Catholic Church since 1931.

A celebration Mass will be held Tuesday, April 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield following the Mass. Following the burial a lunch will be served.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310.

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