July 19, 1961 ~ October 22, 2019
Theresa “Tree” Helm, age 58, passed away on October 22, 2019, in the arms of the love of her life for the past 23 years, her husband, Kirt.
Tree was born to Tony and Micki Von Rueden on July 19, 1961, in Breckenridge, MN. She lived in Wahpeton until age nine and then moved to Fargo and later Fergus Falls, where she graduated from high school in 1979. She went on to graduate from ND State School of Science in 1982 with a degree in data processing. She was first employed at the former Dakota Hospital in Fargo in the medical records department. In 1997, she started working for Meritcare, now Sanford, where she has worked for the past 22 years.
Tree’s love for animals started at a very young age. When she was 5 years old, she finally got a white chihuahua named Snowball. She never wanted to be without him, so one afternoon she crawled into his dog house on the porch and fell asleep while extended family and friends were frantically looking for her everywhere. Since then, she has had a number of dogs and a crazy parrot named Taz, who loved to dance to “Elvira”.
Tree was known for her wonderful sense of humor and her truly infectious laugh. People’s most memorable times with her always involved uncontrollable laughing to the point of tears. She LOVED Christmas and packed her dining room and living room with decorations each year.
Tree is survived by her husband, Kirt; daughters, Brittni Tritchler and Brittni’s sons, Jaxon Schmit and Joah England and daughter Toshika Helm and her children, Joylyssa and Dreydyn Kuehne and Taylyn Schmidt; her mother, Micki (Ellwyn) Nohr; step-mom Joyce Von Rueden; sisters Dr. Michelle Von Rueden, Brenda Peterman, Nadine Wallock, and Debra (Craig) Penley, and grandson Cameron Tritchler. She was preceded in death by her son, Josh Tritchler, her brother, Jerry; infant sister Lori Kay; and her father, Tony Von Rueden.