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Helen Marie Holter, of Mora, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024 at her home surrounded by family. She was 79 years old.
Helen was born on October 6, 1944 in Milaca, Minnesota to parents George and Irma (Church) Kunst. She was the second of 4 children and graduated from Milaca High School in 1962. In 1963, she married the love of her life, Duane Holter, of Foley while he was stationed in the US Army in Washington.
Helen led a beautiful and selfless life and had a heart for helping others. She enjoyed her work, starting at North Western National Bank in Milaca, followed by a factory at Univac while starting a family. After moving to the property in Mora, Helen and Duane built a dairy farm while raising four children, the occasional foster child, and everyone else who knew her as Mom. In 1990, she opened Daisy Diaper Service in Grasston, Minnesota, and operated that business for about 10 years. Helen also worked various jobs as a CNA, home health care provider, and other jobs.
Helen enjoyed Bible study, spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors, and spent her quiet time reading books as an escape from the day-to-day chatter. She would often start with the last page of the book to see if it was worth reading or not! Helen had a way of seeing the world in a positive light and finding good in everyone she met. She enjoyed a wide variety of uplifting Christian music, especially Crowder in recent years. She was a true prayer warrior and was known to tell people to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding”, and that “God will work everything out for the good of those who love Him”.
After Helen’s first time in an airplane, she became determined to learn how to fly. She took lessons for a time in the 1990’s and was finally able to solo and see her farm from the air. Her final airplane ride was in October of 2023, when her grandson arranged for her to see her farm again for her 79th birthday.
Helen continued to spread the love of Jesus in her later years. She developed close friendships with the Amish community and felt truly blessed to have them as neighbors. Helen touched the lives of many with her patient counsel, quiet love and quirky sense of humor.
She was all in all an amazing, loving, and caring woman who has blessed many. She will be very missed by the countless lives she has touched.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane, daughter Jodi, and brother-in-law Owen Hall.
She is survived by her children, Beth (Timothy) Cody, Doug (Lynea), and Daryl (Tracy); grandchildren, Daniel (Sheila) Dopp, Ashley (Lucas) Leach, Levi (Sara) Dopp, Amanda Holter, Liam (Shelly) Cody, Brandon (Sophia) Holter, Brittany (Christopher) Thorhauer, Brooke (Devin) Schultz, Kelsey (Dustin) Riehm, Andrew Bratlie, and Alex Shaumburger; great grandchildren, Joshua, Dallas, Rachel, Ryan, Elijah, Allison, Celia, Kingsley, Malachi, Amelia, Ezekiel, Annaleise, Chloe, Collin, and Vivian; siblings, Anne Hall, George (Lynda) Kunst, and Bruce (Zara) Wedell; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at the Journey North Church in Pine City.
Memorial Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
A luncheon will follow the service.
A private family inurnment will be held at the Grass Lake Mission Cemetery.
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