Helena Schultz, age 96 of Osakis entered the peace of Heaven on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011 from the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN.
Helena Theresa Ritten was born on August 2, 1915 in rural Carlos, MN to Albert and Theresa (Schlosser) Ritten. She grew up in Carlos Township and attended country school Dist. # 69. On April 25, 1940 she was united in marriage to Ralph Schultz at St. Nicholas Church in Belle River. She farmed with her husband, west of Osakis, mainly dairy cows and sheep, and retired into Osakis in 1973. Helena worked at the 'Rec' in Osakis and then waitressed at the Farm Court Restaurant. For over 25 years she worked as a dietary aid and cook at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis. Because of her good health she was able to continue working well into her seventies.
Helena was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis and belonged to several church groups. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the Christian Mothers Society and the St. Elizabeth Mission group. She was also a daily Mass attendee.
One of Helena's favorite past times was playing cards. She belonged to several different card clubs and knew many kinds of card games. She also was a big Twins fan and liked to watch All Star wrestling. She could do many types of handiwork, including crocheting and knitting.
She was a kind and caring mother and grandma who will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Helena is survived by her three children, John Schultz of Oklahoma City, OK, Douglas (Mary Jo) Schultz of Birmingham, AL and Sheila (Keith) Norling of Alexandria, MN; 9 grandchildren;10 great, grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hulinsky and Erma Schultz; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Ralph, a son, Robert; her brothers, William, Michael, Louis, and Henry Ritten and a sister, Selma Botzet.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held for Helena on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis with Fr. David Petron officiating. Interment is at the Calvary Cemetery in Osakis. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Christian Mothers, the Daughters of Isabella and the St. Elizabeth Mission groups; LaVaun Schoeck, Joanne Ranum, Jeanne Astleford, Sonya Olson, Hester Benedict, Jack Wysoski, Robert Schluender and Jim Morisette.
Active pallbearers are her grandchildren, Christian, Kevin, Michelle, Michael and Jennifer Schultz, Kathleen Howton, Sandra Schultz, Anita and Paul Norling.