Helen Sauvageau

helen sauvageau

Helen Sauvageau, 70, Fargo, ND died Tuesday, November, 2, 2010 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, with her family at her side after a outrageous battle with cancer for 26 years.  She was a true warrior displaying tremendous courage, tenacity, and strength providing inspiration for all who knew her.

Helen was born October 17, 1940 to Mike and Johanna (Rohrich) Feist, in Emmons County, North Dakota.  At a young age she moved with her family to West Fargo, then to Fargo, where she did her schooling. 

Helen enjoyed high school hockey and football, and was a New York Yankees fan.  She also enjoyed bowling and was league president and secretary for 23 years for the Suburban League at the Bowler in Fargo.  Helen worked in various places, many years at the Bowler, Woods Package Store, and retired from Dow Services, Inc. in June 2009, due to health.  Helen enjoyed crafts, doing wedding set ups for nieces and friends.  She also enjoyed her canning season, her German cooking and baking, and her great küchen(German pie). 

In January 1958, Helen met the love of her Life, Clement, and they were married in November 1958 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo, ND and raised three children. 

In November 2008, Helen and Clement celebrated their 50th anniversary, which was such an honor, due to her battle with cancer.  Helen and Clement enjoyed many trips, mostly to Arizona and California to see their children.  They especially enjoyed their friends of the 1950's. 

Helen is survived by her loving husband of  52 years, Clement, 3 loving children, Woody, Fargo, ND; Mike, San Diego, CA; Troy, San Diego, CA; grandson, Ryan, Horace, ND; sisters, Florence Kruger, West Fargo, ND; Lucy (Knute) Haastad, Bemidji, MN; brother, Michael Feist, Alabama; step brother, Donnie Rohrich, Fargo, ND; 4 aunts, 1 uncle and many cousins, in-laws, and friends.

Helen will be deeply missed by all who knew her and were touched by her life.  A special thanks to Sr. Julie at the Roger Maris Center and Sr. Ann O'Brien for their support.  A very special thanks to Dr. Louis Geerarets and the Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo for the care and friendship they have given to Helen these last years.  A very special thanks to Hospice for the wonderful care they have given to Helen. 

A special thanks to the staff at Roger Maris Infusion Center and Pharmacy where Helen was a patient weekly for the last years.

She will be missed by her little buddy, Peppy-Poo.

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  1. Littleton COClem, Woody, Mike, and Troy – We want you to know we are thinking of you. I remember your Mom’s laugh most of all, and the conversations your mom and mymom (Eva) would have . . . always erupting in laughter. She was such a source of strength our Mom, too. What an incredible lady. You are in our prayers.
    Melissa (McMaster) and Steve Lang and family

  2. Wenatchee WashingtonClem and family,Our heartfelt synpathy to you at this difficult time. Clem, we are so gratefull we re-kindled our freindship these recent years. We treasure meeting Helen, she was a loving and inspirational lady. Our thoughts are with you.Don and Renae

  3. Grass Valley CaliforniaHelen, my double cousin I will miss you and treasure our childhood memories, as we spent time growing up. I wished we, would of keeped in touch more during the years. You always had such determenation, courage, strength and
    wisdom to live, more then anyone i knew.
    Clem and family, Helen was a special gift to you and all who new her. She will always be in our memories.
    God had a special place for her.

    God Bless you all.

    Joanne and Terry Noziska
    (daughter of Clemens and Kathrine Rohrich)

  4. San Marcos CaliforniaWe had the pleasure of meeting and sharing several visits with Helen and Clem on their visits to California. To all the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. She is resting comfortably now.
    Charles and Jackie Perry

  5. Fargo North Dakota
    Clem and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Helen. I admire the courage and strength she has shown during her illness. She will be missed! May God Bless you and your family.

  6. Surprise ArizonaMy heart goes out to all of you at this side time. I know you will treasure all your great memories of Helen.
    Prayers of love to you

    Troy, Clem and family
    We want to extend our sympathy to all of you during this sad time in the loss of your very loved one. She did indeed fight a tough battle but now the pain and suffering is over. It is such a blessing that you were all able to be with her during the last while and she also appreciated that I am sure, she indeed felt your love.

    I know we will always remember the fun we had on the many many hockey trips we had together, it was a blast. And Troy you have been such a good friend of the family since high school and don’t let that change. If you get hungry for some German food, let me know and I will try to come close to your mother’s.

    Time and your wonderful memories hopefully will help you heal with the help of God. May God Bless you all.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Stacy MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sauvageau family at this time.
    Very caring lady who possessed great positive energy. My family will miss her.

  9. Fargo ND
    Clem, Woody, Mike & Troy
    I was saddened to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a neighbor and a friend. I have many fond memories of Helen and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. West Fargo ND
    Woody I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Take care Kim Bullis

  11. Fargo ND
    Uncle Clem, Woody, Mike, and Troy…
    So sorry for your loss! If anyone had as much determination, courage, strength and wisdom to live, it was Helen! May she now rest in peace.

  12. Fargo ND
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will miss Helen very much.
    Marie and Rich Meier

  13. Fargo ND
    Helen, my second mom. Your wisdon guided me through good and bad times, adventures we shared and times I will always treasure. I will miss you more than you will ever know and not a day will go by that you will not be thought of. I Love You Forever and Will Miss You Always.

  14. West Fargo ND
    Clem and family,
    Sorry to read of Helen’s passing may the beautiful memories you have of Helen sustain you now and in the days to come she was an inspiration to all.
    Our sympathy to you.

  15. Farmingdale, ME What a long battle your mother fought with such grace. She will be very missed. I haven’t seen her in a few years, but she was always so much fun. You are right, Mike, she is finally out of pain and is able to be at peace.

  16. Alexandria IndianaMike and family,
    i am so so sorry to hear about your mom but know that she is in a better place now and pain free. It was a long struggle for her i know. Please know my prayers for your peace are being sent.

  17. fargo ndClem and family, Many fond memories and happy times with helen we will never forget. (especially Randys 40th) a very neat and special lady. She is whole again, and I’m sure already has her wings. With heart felt sympathy.

  18. Reiles Acres ND
    The original group (that I remember) in Reiles Acres is slowly scattering. Strange how childhood memories help you realize neighbors become like family. So, from one part of the Reiles Acres family to another, I am thinking of you all and hoping the good memories and the love and support of family and friends bring you some comfort now and into the future. I know my mom and dad are enjoying the reunion with Helen. Take care, Jeff

  19. Sandy Lake ManitobaClem, Mike, and family,
    I will always remember Helen’s laugh and smile. She taught me alot about customer service when she trained me at the Bowler, oh – so many years ago.
    She will always have a place in my heart.
    DeeJae Harlow

  20. Wyoming Minnesota
    To the family of Helen,
    We are very fortunate to have had Helen in out lives. She touched so many people with joy in her special way. She will be greatly missed. I know we never have the right words to say but know that Helen was a gift to us all. She is a wonderful lady that will live long in our memories. God Bless.

  21. Imperial Beach CaDear Mike & Family,

    My prayers are with you and your family.
    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1

    Karen Webb & Family

  22. Fargo ND
    Helen was such a vibrant and wonderful client of mine. I will miss doing her hair and visiting with her. She was one of a kind and I will miss her very much!!

    Great Clips

  23. Mesa AzClem, Troy, Mike & Woody,
    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Helens love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared Helens love.
    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
    On Sat I will release 1 white balloon in Helens memory and I hope Donny will catch it and hand to his favorite “auntie”.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Colleen Paseka

  24. Stanley ND
    To All of Helen’s Family,

    Helen and all of you have been in my prayers for a long time. I will always remember her for living life to its fullest. She always brought life to the room and would do anything for anyone.

    Now she’s receiving eternal rest and being welcomed by the many that have gone before her. I can’t imagine the greeting she received from her Mom & Dad. There won’t be a moment of silence for a long time.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday.

    Thoughts and prayers,
    Alice (Rohrich) Dusek
    Pius & Alvina’s daughter

  25. bemidji mnMy dear sister,you are now at peace. We will all miss your great energy for life that you carried right up to the last.You were loved by many.I will miss you so much. Love you always.

  26. Whitefish MTSorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She is not in any more pain and can rest now All of us who grew up in that little corner of the world have a lot of memories of her that we will never forget.

  27. Fargo ND
    Donald Grandbois is my father and Helen was his favorite Auntie!!!! He was also the ring bearer at their wedding 50 years ago. I am very sorry to hear of Helen passing. May God bless her and the family.

    Jesus Bless,
    Melissa Magrum (Dubord)

  28. San Diego CAClem, Junior, Mike & Troy:

    Our deepest sympathies during this time of grief. Helen was like a second mom to me and I’m grateful for knowing her.

    We have very fond memories which we’ll cherish dearly for years to come.

    Many big hugs,
    Clark, Geoff & Zach

  29. San Diego CaTo Mike & Family…
    Remember, It’s because He lives we can face tomorrow..
    Your mom is in a better place and at peace .
    You are in my prayers.

    Be Encouraged

  30. Audubon MN
    Clem, I was so said this morning to read of Helen’s passing. We all know she is free from her pain and with the Lord. She was such a fun, loving woman. I will always remember her smiles and laughter, all the good times we had many years ago. One GREAT lady. Prayers to you and the family. Jan

  31. Minneapolis MN
    Michael & Sauvageau Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, but we know their is much rejoicing and singing as Helen is finally welcomed Home. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  32. Minneapolis MN
    Clem, Woody, Mike and Troy:
    I am so very sad to hear about Helen’s passing. I have many wonderful memories over the last 30 years of knowing her and your family. She certainly fought a long, and at times difficult battle…but with such grace. You have all been on my mind lately and will continue to be as you travel this road that’s ahead of you. I will always smile when I think of Helen. All my Love, Michael Bjordahl

  33. We are so terribly sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was an amazing woman who loved her family so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Sandy and Victor Lopez

  34. Phoenix AZ
    To the Sauvageau family —

    I am soo saddened to hear of your loss. Your Mother is an amazing woman! And her strength and fighting spirit will continue to live within each of you.

    Many hugs — Jessica

  35. Dear Mike and Family,

    Your Mother touched us all with her laughter and smiles. I will never forget going across the street to the blue house…so many good memories we can always cherish. Your Mother will be so missed. I am thankful she is without pain now.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers,
    Mike Paschke

  36. West Fargo ND
    Helen, you will surely be missed by everyone who had the great fortune of knowing you. God has opened his gate for you and decided it was time for you to come home. We on this earth have had you long enough. We will see you again someday. I know you will be watching over your family – you are their Guardian Angel.
    Memories will always be many and wonderful.

  37. North Fort Myers FLWe are deeply saddened by your loss. We will always cherish the memories of the times we spent together as a couple and as my dearest friend. She loved
    you all so much and will be missed by

  38. Carlsbad CARest in Peace Mother…we were all here and we love you more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for being the best mother!

    Love Troy, Mike, and Woody

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