Constance Helgeson, 99
Blue Earth – Constance “Connie” Mundale Helgeson, age 99, of Blue Earth, passed away at the United Hospital District on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church, 49343 50th St, Bricelyn, Rev. Arne Halbakken presided. Interment was at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Connie was born on Jan. 3, 1919 to Isaac and Ida (Peterson) Mundale in rural Frost. She graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1935. Following normal training in Blue Earth she began her teaching career in a country school at the age of seventeen. While a young teacher she met Earl Helgeson and they married in 1942. After her marriage she continued further education and achieved her bachelor’s degree from Mankato State College in 1968. She taught in the Hollandale, Frost, and Blue Earth public school systems, retiring in 1983. Connie recalled that she loved teaching and felt really fortunate to have Earl’s full support.
Connie was very active in community service and contributed in many ways to South Blue Earth Lutheran Church. She initiated the children’s theater program in Frost and served for over twenty years on the board of the Faribault County Historical Society. Connie traveled widely throughout the United States and overseas.
Connie is survived by her children, Christine (Adrian) Hodgson, of England, Richard (Kathy Huntington) Helgeson, of Minneapolis; daughter-in-law, Diane Helgeson, of Savage; grandchildren, Matt (Heather) Helgeson, Carrie (Dan) Dikken, Charles (Aiasha Khalid) Hodgson, and Geoffrey (Amanda) Hodgson; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Zack, Luke, Avery and Anabelle; brother, Charles (Susan) Mundale; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Connie is preceded in death by her husband, Earl; son, Bruce Helgeson; sister, Pauline (Sid) Sailor.
Memorials preferred to St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center and Faribault County Historical Society.