January 1, 1970 ~ December 11, 2008
Kathleen Mary Helgeson, age 60, of West Fargo, ND, died Thursday, December 11, 2008 in her home. Kathleen Mary Gaffney was born on May 6, 1948 in Moorhead, MN to Donald and Lucille (Sauer) Gaffney. She grew up and graduated from high school in Fargo, ND. After graduating from high school, she worked at Kmart in Fargo. She married Larry Helgeson on September 23, 1967 and they made their home in the Fargo/West Fargo area. Kathleen worked in her own independent business for many years and also for Talbots Clothiers in Fargo. During her life, she loved spending time with family and friends at their Tamarac Lake home near Pelican Rapids, MN. She had a huge heart for animals and always had a collie by her side, as well as her love for children?especially her two grandsons. She is survived by her husband: Larry, West Fargo, ND; two daughters: Kristine Paddison, Phoenix, AZ, Kerrie Olson, West Fargo, ND; two grandsons: Matthew Paddison, Brandon Olson; sisters: Cecelia Piper, St. Michael, MN, Mary Gaffney, Fargo, ND, Jennifer (Roger) Stein, Fargo, ND; brother: Patrick (Rose) Gaffney, Detroit Lakes, MN; mother-in-law: Priscilla Helgeson, Moorhead, MN; sister-in-law: Linda (Russell) Miller, Amsterdam, Netherlands; brothers-in-law: Leslie (Diana) Helgeson, Fargo, ND, Lyle (Tammy) Helgeson, Horace, ND, Lowell (Dorothy) Helgeson, Sauk Center, MN, Lloyd Helgeson, Sabin, MN; Leon Helgeson, Sabin, MN; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved collie: Heidi Mae. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Richard Gaffney and John Gaffney. Prayer Service: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND. Visitation: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND. Funeral: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND.
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