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Helen Marie Johnson Kessel, 81

The Chatfield News of Chatfield, Minnesota

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Helen Marie Johnson Kessel, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, after a courageous 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Helen Marie Johnson was born on Feb. 4, 1930, at her home in Ledyard, Iowa, to John J. and Alvena Engelbarts Johnson. She attended the Ledyard Public School.

On Feb. 1, 1950, she married Amos "Buster" Dale Kessel and they farmed near Elmore, Minn., and had a large Jersey dairy herd until they relocated to a farm in Whalan in 1973.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed helping Buster outside with the farm activities. She also cleaned homes for others since living in Whalan. She enjoyed her garden and flowers, canning, sewing and was a wonderful cook, having much pride — especially in her homemade buns that her family enjoyed so much. She was a member of the Whalan Lutheran parish.

She is survived by her husband, Dale; her daughters, Dianne Hoover of Sioux Falls, S.D., Cindy Naber (Gene Schlueter) of Quincy, Ill.; and her son, Douglas (Lolly) of Lanesboro; her grandson, Richard Jon ("R.J.") Naber of San Diego and granddaughters, Tara (Jeremy) Stejskal of Fountain, Emilee Matlock of Warsaw, Ill., and Amanda (Joe) McCabe of Chatfield; four great-grandsons, Ethan and Tait Matlock, Alex Rowland, Trayton McCabe and two great-granddaughters, Lillie Stejskal and Addison McCabe; her sisters, Viola Albers of Crystal Lake, Iowa, Luella Hagedorn of Buffalo Center, Iowa; and a brother, Duane (Laura) Johnson of Elmore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, two sisters, four nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Whalan Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Patricia Hinkie presiding. She requested cremation so there will not be any visitation. Family and friends may gather at the Fellowship Hall in Whalan after the services for fellowship and lunch.

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Original Publication Date: January 4, 2012

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