Helena Kriens, 76, Fargo, passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at ManorCare, Fargo.

Helena Kriens was born September 8, 1934 to Nicholas H. and Catherine A. (Herwith) VanDam in Dell Rapids, SD.  She grew up in the Dell Rapids area and attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Dell Rapids.  She married Clarence (Tim) Kriens on February 11, 1953 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, SD.  They lived and farmed in the Dell Rapids area until 1960 when they moved into Dell Rapids.  They moved to Sioux Falls in 1986 and her husband died in 1992.  She moved to Fargo, ND in 1994.

Helena is survived by her children: Catherine Elizabeth (Tony) Jorgensen, Sioux Falls, SD, Carol Mae (Tom) Anderson, Dubuque, IA, Connie Ann (Larry) Nelson, Sgt. Bluff, IA and John Clarence (Rose) Kriens, Omaha, NE; 8 grandchildren: Casey(Shawn) Jorgensen, April Jorgensen, Ryan (Holly) Anderson, Jill Anderson, Matthew (Cyndi) Nelson, Jonathan Nelson, Kristi (Steve) Dabkowski and  Jenny Kriens; 6 great grandchildren Ashtyn and Devin Anderson, Makenna and Parker Nelson, and Lukas and Roslyn Dabkowski, sister, Ethel Ossefort, Luverne, MN, two brothers; Nicholas (JoAnn) VanDam, Dell Rapids, SD and Joseph Van Dam, Dell Rapids, SD; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Helena was preceded in death by her husband Clarence (Tim); a daughter Christine Maria; and a brother Gerald Van Dam.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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