Helen Mae Loeffelbein, 98, of Halliday, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at Missouri Slope Care Center, Bismarck. Services will be held at 10:00 AM MDT, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Halliday Assembly of God Church, Halliday, with Pastor Berry VanWagner officiating. Burial will follow in the Halliday City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM CDT, Monday at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah.
Helen was born on February 13, 1917, to Alton and Mina (Martens) Fisher. Her father, Alton, passed away when Helen was 21 months old from the flu epidemic. Helen’s mother, Mina, raised the three children, Irene (Fjosne) and George, on the farm south of Halliday, at the George and Cora Fisher place. Helen grew up helping her big brother with the outdoor chores. She said for fun she would ride her horse to town to roller skate with the other kids and hunt pocket gophers with the neighbor girl. (And by the way, she was a good shot).
Helen married Fred Loeffelbein on Nov. 12, 1939 at the Lutheran Church in Halliday by Pastor Dietrich Bergstedt. She lived south of Halliday for 68. Helen moved into Halliday in November of 2010. She had a heart attack in January of 2014 and moved to Bismarck to the Good Samaritan Assisted Living. In March of 2015, she needed a little more assistance so at that time she moved to the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.
Helen loved to paint, garden, can fruits and vegetables, take care of the dogs, cats, horses, cows and even a couple of goats. She worked alongside Fred in the fields cutting and raking hay, helping with the spring seeding, stacked countless hay wagons of square bales, cultivated many acres of corn and hauled numerous loads of wheat to town to the elevator. Helen and Fred were active members of their church. Helen taught Sunday school for many years. They spent many Sunday nights playing pinochle and whist with neighbors. Helen and Fred were honored to be life-long members of both the Halliday and Dodge Saddle Clubs. Her companion in her last years, was her cat named “Kitty” who spent many hours on her lap.
She is survived by her daughter, Marion Hoffner, Halliday; granddaughter, Lyn (Al) Bjornson, Mandan; grandson, Wayne (Shawn) Hoffner, Hazen; great-grandchildren, Tyler Chase and Regan Mae Hoffner, Hazen.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of almost 70 years, Fred; sister and brother-in-law, Earl and Irene Fjosne; brother and sister-in-law, George and Cora Fisher.
Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.