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Helen Steffens

December 26, 1955 - June 02, 2021

Mass of Christian Burial - Thursday

June 10, 2021
- 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Thursday

June 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

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Boulger Funeral Home

Helen Steffens

December 26, 1955 - June 02, 2021

Obituary

Helen’s Live Streamed Funeral Mass can be viewed below starting at 10:45 A.M.:

Helen Noel Steffens, 65, passed away peacefully on June 2nd 2021.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 26, 1955 to William Charles Steffens and Anne Francis Crosby. In 1965 as circumstances changed in Chicago, Felice Kelly and the late Dr. William A. Kelly brought Helen and her brother Bill and sister Kathryn to live in Fargo with the Kelly Family.

Helen graduated from Fargo South as well as Moorhead State. Her post graduate credentials include Music with an emphasis in voice as well as Spanish. She most recently completed a course in counseling.

Known as “Helen 12 Jobs” by some of her closest confidants, Helen worked many years with the migrant counsel. She brightened the days of many as a server at Holiday Inn. Her love of gardening found her holding positions at numerous greenhouses and floral shops. She had a jailhouse ministry and most recently taught D.U.I. classes for Drake Counseling.

She was a master gardener and lifelong member of St. Anthony’s church.

Survived by Felice Kelly, Anoka, MN; sisters Kathryn Mandler and son Sam, Olympia WA; Felicia Kelly, and daughter Meilani Anoka, MN; Brother Mike Kelly (Lori) and their children Rebecca and Michael of Fargo, ND; and niece Sarah Weisser of Fargo, ND.

Preceded in death by her parents; and William A. Kelly and Bill Steffens.

Mass of Christian burial: 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 10th at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Fargo; visitation an hour prior. Interment: Holy Cross cemetery North Fargo. Service will be streamed on Boulger Funeral home website.

Memorials may be directed to ShareHouse Inc. of Fargo.

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26 responses to “Helen Steffens”

  1. Tony and Dawn Altobelli says:

    We were always greeted with a warm smile when ever we saw Helen. What a sweet blessing she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen, her family and friends. 🙏🏼
    ~Tony and Dawn Altobelli

  2. Charles Schindler says:

    Condolences for Helen’s Family and Friends

  3. Shannon Swanson says:

    Helen was always such a ray of sunshine! She will be missed.

  4. Barb Asmus Danielson says:

    Helen always said hi. No matter where you saw her. Whether Holuday Inn or Hornbachers it was always HI Barb. How’s the family. Will always remember you as Dolly. RIP. Thoughts and prayers to Kathy and family.

  5. TERRI GILBERTSON says:

    What a delightful server and the greenhouse was her passion too gonna miss her huge smile God Bless you Helen n what a lovely angel the Lord has gained.

  6. Peter says:

    Helen was always cordial and affable. She would always inquire about how my family was doing. We are still trying to process this loss. Helen always sat next to us during Easter or Christmas Vigil masses.

  7. Joni K Harris says:

    You were a beautiful person, my friend. Always a ray of sunshine. Prayers for your family.

  8. Beth DabybJones says:

    Helen was one of the true genuine people I knew. Was always great to catch up when I saw her. One always had a smile on one’s face when you left a conversation with her. Bless you.

  9. Ryan Fliginger says:

    Helen was simultaneously tough and kind. She met life with radical honesty. She never stopped learning from others, and sharing those lessons with humor and grace. I am richer for having known her.

  10. Sally Adelson says:

    Helen was such a wonderful friend and the best disposition. She was a huge fan of my dad!!! I truly loved her for that. The angels have a new pal❤️

  11. Desra Zaccardi says:

    Helen will definitely be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with her family & close friends. She was one of my favorite HI employee shoppers. She would find the perfect item & wait until she had enough in tips & come back for it.

  12. Jeff Bozovsky says:

    Helen was a beautiful soul who will be missed greatly.

  13. Johneen Vancleef says:

    Deepest Sympathy. She was one of a kind. Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball all in one wonderful, awesome, amazing woman. Helen will be greatly missed. So many great memories. Blessed be the memories of my Dear Friend.

  14. Stephanie Dresser says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Every time I ran into Helen over the years she was so bubbly and kind. Before my father’s passing his favorite place to have lunch was at the Holiday Inn; therefore, I saw Helen on several occasions when dining with him. She was usually very busy but always made time to say hello and visit briefly. Sending prayers of comfort to you all during this difficult time.

  15. Linda (Severson) Carico says:

    We had such nice chats at the Holiday Inn restaurant catching up with Helen. She was always so pleasant. Helen was a hard worker and did a great job. Condolences to her family, friends and all her friends from FSH class of 74.

  16. Mary Crosby says:

    Helen was my cousin. We grew up in our early years in Chicago. My thoughts and prayers to my cousin Kitty and Helen’s North Dakota family and friends .

  17. Martha Castanon says:

    Oh Helen, the incredible sadness I felt when I heard of your passing. The last time I saw you was over a year ago, and you were your cheery self. I remember the years you worked at the Minnesota Migrant Council and assisted migrant farmworker families who were surprised that you spoke Spanish so well. You advocated for them and always treated them dignity and respect. My parents always remembered your kindness, and would “La Helen tiene un gran corazon” Helen has a big heart. They very much appreciated that you allowed them to have a small plot in the community garden that you started at the office of Minnesota Migrant Council. Thank you so much for the years of service to migrant farmworkers, and as word gets around that you have passed, many of them remember your kindness. I wish you a peaceful journey in your next life.

    To the family of Helen Steffens, my most sincere condolences, and will have you in my prayers. Helen was compassionate and had a great sense of humor. I will remember her with great fondess.

  18. Janet and Todd Weinmann says:

    Helen was a marvelous lady! We will sincerely miss her warm wishes and smile.

  19. Denise Cameron says:

    Helen certainly brightened many lives with her kind and generous nature. It was a pleasure for my late husband Al and I to have had the opportunity to work with her at the Holiday Inn. Helen was a dear friend and I will miss her.

  20. Denice Heiser says:

    Every spring I would look forward to visiting with Helen at the Driscoll’s pop up nurseries.
    After her signature cheerful greeting, she would always ask about my family and did the robins build their nest again underneath the deck right over the one flower bed. She would enthusiastically point out new varieties of plants that year and share ideas to help me plan my flowers. During those first awful months of the Covid shutdown when we hardly dared venture from home, what a day brightener it was to see Helen at Hornbachers during grocery runs. Without knowing her very well, I could sense what a remarkable person she was. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. She is now in God’s most beautiful garden.

  21. Ron Westrick says:

    Every single time I bumped into Helen, no matter where it was, she always stopped whatever she was doing to engage in conversation. “What are you doing now Ronny? How are the kids? Are you still getting into trouble?”
    Helen Steffens will always be remembered as genuinely nice, warm, and a wonderfully kind woman.

  22. richard warner says:

    Helen was a good friend who always greeted me with a warm smile and many questions about how I was doing and what was new in my life. I will miss seeing her and finding out how SHE was doing. I have many fond memories of my visits with Hellen. May she rest in peace.

  23. David and Pat Cummings says:

    We knew Helen for many years from her time at the Holiday Inn. She was always a ray of sunshine and a lovely person to know. Busy as she might be, she always took the time to give a warm greeting and a special hello. We knew of her interest in gardening and her devotion to those less fortunate. She was inspirational to all and a great lady to know. Her bright smile will be forever missed. May God Bless you. Helen.

  24. Tom Gravel and Family says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family on the passing of Helen. What a wonderful person that impacted so many.

  25. Lisa Cameron says:

    Definitely one of the most genuine, caring rays of sunshine I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Loved her jokes and her enthusiasm, always loved her visits and the hugs. You will be so very missed Helen.

  26. Danilo Martinez says:

    My Condolences to Helen’s family. I meet Helen long time ago at Faith Lutheran church at the AA group.

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