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Helen Wickenheiser

April 12, 1922 - January 17, 2017

Funeral Service - Monday

January 23, 2017
- 2:00pm

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Visitation - Sunday

January 22, 2017
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Prayer Service - Sunday

January 22, 2017
- 7:00pm

Holy Spirit Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Helen Wickenheiser

April 12, 1922 - January 17, 2017


Heaven gained an angel when Helen Wickenheiser, 94, of Fargo, ND passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, in Natchitoches, LA, where she had been residing since 2013. She was surrounded and lovingly cared for by family and Hospice.

Helen, the eldest of 12 children, was born to Pius and Julia Reis of Kintyre, ND, on April 12, 1922.

After attending high school in Napoleon, ND she worked for the ND State Auditor and State Insurance Department from 1942-1950.

In 1948, she married Peter Wickenheiser in Bismarck, ND.  To this union were born 9 children,  Marguerite (Tim) Felchle, Natchitoches, LA; Mary (Bill) Kelsch, Bismarck, ND;  Dr. Richard (Sharon) Wickenheiser, Red Bluff, CA;  Mike (Janet) Wickenheiser, Centennial, CO;  Charles (Theresa) Wickenheiser, Fargo, ND; Teresa (Bruce) Dodds, Hempstead, TX;  Janet (Jeff) Slaven, Lenexa, KS;  Barbara (Terry) Magnuson, Vergas, MN; and Julie (John) Heinze, Moorhead, MN.

After the children were grown and in school, Helen worked at Ben Franklin Jr High in the hot lunch program and at the Hospitality Shop at St. Luke’s (Sanford) Hospital. She retired in 1985. Helen was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and in 2005 she was selected Mother of the Year by Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Helen, a mother figure to many, was adored by everyone who knew her.  Known to many as “Hospitality Helen”, you knew if you dropped by (unannounced) at the Wickenheiser house, there would be Kuchen or homemade goodies to enjoy while you visited. Mom knew everyone’s favorite foods and you could be assured that it was on the menu any time you visited – the German “Dough Diet” and her delicious pies were only a few of her specialties. Every grandchild was gifted a baby quilt lovingly handmade by their Grandma Helen.  She loved to play cards with all ages and her embroidered dishtowels were best sellers at the church bazaars. Helen loved to sew and we are certain that her signature aprons can be found in many of your kitchens.  Helen enjoyed spending time with family at their lake cottage on Lake Ida for 20 years, and most recently with family on Loon Lake. Up until her final days, her witty humor and reminiscing, brought smiles and laughter to all.

Helen is survived by her nine children, 19 Grandchildren (Kristen Evans, Jessica Peluso, and Erika Cedars; Michael, Christopher, and Sarah Kelsch; Jeremy and Peter Wickenheiser; Michael Wickenheiser; Trevor Wickenheiser and Leah Green; Chad Dodds and Amy Wiedenfeld; Haley Berg and Abigail Slaven; Benjamin and Taylor Magnuson; Justin and Ashley Heinze)  and 20 Great Grandchildren (Aiden, Addison, and Avery Evans; Madelyn, Isabella, and Anna Peluso; Winston III and Holt Cedars; Maxwell and Brady Kelsch; William Kelsch; Alexis and Lucy Wickenheiser; Adelaide Wickenheiser, Keeley and Nora Green; Sunny and River Dodds; Cormac and Soren Wiedenfeld).

She is also survived by 4 sisters, Barbara Wald ( Napoleon, ND); Carolina Schatz (Kettle River, MN); Alvera Leier (Kintyre, ND);  Angeline Geiger (Bismarck, ND); and 1 brother, Peter Reis (Napoleon, ND).

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband Peter; brothers Pius and Sebastian; sisters Eva, Clara, Theresia and Madge; and great grandchild Andrew Evans.

A special thank you to Margaret Williams, Dr. Kathleen Kautz, and Hospice of Natchitoches.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory can be sent to Hospice of Natchitoches at 340 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM, Sunday, January 22 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 23rd, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo, with visitation one hour prior.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.


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21 responses to “Helen Wickenheiser”

  1. Davis Nyariki says:

    The pain of loosing a parent is beyond is greater than what anyone can bare.My prayer goes to you and your family.


  2. Jeff and Kathy Dahl says:

    Our condolences on the loss of your mother. There are many fond memories of Helen as a neighbor in north Fargo and at the lakes.

  3. Margie and Lon Saeger says:

    Auntie Helen was such a special lady and will be remembered with much love!

  4. Laya Boschee says:

    Auntie Helen was such a joy to be around! We loved her infectious laugh and quick wit. I remember so many happy times with the entire Wickenheiser family, laughing and our families enjoying each other. She will be greatly missed! Much to love to all my Wickenheiser cousins.

    Thinking of you all,


  5. Patrice Donahue says:

    Sweet Helen from the St Luke’s Hospitality Shop. Once in awhile as an employee I would decide to treat myself to lunch. She always remembered my name and her soft spirit always showed. Rest In Peace with the Lord dear Helen

  6. Family says:

    The Lord – Got a good one when he got Helen – The Family will miss you! Love, Ya – Love ya – Love ya

  7. Ruth and Roger Quast says:

    With our sincere sympathy and prayers.
    Ruth and Roger Quast

  8. JoAnn Oelke says:

    The family of Helen, your mom was the greatest gal you could ever work with, I was pleased to have that opportunity, at the Hop Shop at St Luke’s Hospital, in 1983 to 1985, what a dear she was to work with, her soft voice, and caring ways. She loved her family and Pete, she was so loved. May she rest in Peace. love and prayers JoAnn Oelke

  9. Kay Buchholtz & Sharon Haider says:

    Rest in peace, Helen. You were a great neighbor in Bismarck.

  10. Steve Huber says:

    When I was a kid, aunt Helen always made sure that our time at their lake cabin was enjoyable. She would go out of her way to make sure you had a good time. As an adult she usually had a funny story to tell me, and she still called me “Schteffa”. I will miss that ..

  11. Vicki Thomas says:

    I’m so sad to hear you have gone on…

  12. Nicole Slaboch says:

    Helen will always have a special place in my heart. Although I was not one of her beloved grandchildren, she treated me as if I was one. Her love and joy spread through her family and I know it will carry on with those who were closest to her. I will never forget her laugh. Sending love to her family.

  13. Evelyn Elliott says:

    My sympathy in the loss of your mother. I so enjoyed Helen at our card clubs and her delicious pies! She was one special gal!

  14. Gary Drewlow says:

    So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you all. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady.

    Gary & Evon

  15. Brenda L. Reis says:

    Heartfelt condolences to my cousins and your families. I have very sweet memories of stopping by to visit your parents when we could come to Bismarck. Brenda L. Reis Frasch and Clifford Frasch

  16. Darlene and Mike Wolf, Mesa, AZ says:

    Our sympathy to the family of Helen
    Our memories of your parents will forever remain with us. Your parents are an example love of family and love of neighbor. Their dedication to their community and Catholic faith have been shared with more people than we can imagine. Their German Russian Heritage was shared with everyone they came in contact with and will remain with your families for years to come. Darlene and I have been blessed to have been associated with Helen and Pete may their souls rest in peace!

  17. Robert and Sharon Reis says:

    Our memories and prayers are with you.

  18. Jeri Magnuson says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all of you. We wish we were there with you honoring Helen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
    Jeri & Ken

  19. Val ( Muggy) Miller says:

    Auntie Helen was a gem. I never really got to know her until the day of Grandma Reis’s funeral. We ended up doing dishes together and what fun that turned out to be! After that we exchanged cards. What a pleasant lady as we all know she could out walk us all as she kept so fit and active. She was a special lady.

  20. Bob and Patty Reis Christy says:

    The last time that I saw Helen was in 2004 at a big Reis family reunion in Bismarck. I didn’t get to see her often, but I certainly enjoyed her at that reunion and was glad that my husband could meet her. I always felt close to my cousins in my Uncle Pius and Aunt Julia’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She is a person that will always be missed. Our love to all of you.

  21. Michael Reis says:

    I stumbled across this beautiful life summary and it sounded like it was talking about my grandmother Eva Reis,esp about the kuchen. I believe Helen and Eva to be cousins ?? Sounds like wonderful memories of a life well lived. Your second cousin Michael Reis, Colorado

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