Helen Elizabeth Zander, age 101, of Howard Lake, MN, passed away at the Good Samaritan Care Center Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
Helen was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Howard Lake, to Arthur and Caroline (Hemple) Smith. She was baptized Sept. 12, 1920, at First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake, and confirmed Dec. 19, 1943, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Helen was united in marriage to Gerald Zander, March 28, 1938, at the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake.
Helen enjoyed their homes in Howard Lake, on Mille Lacs Lake, and in Arizona. Along with traveling in the motor home with Jerry, when he was playing drums with the polka bands, and on vacations.
Helen liked to quilt, crochet, and knit, making many beautiful things over the years.
She is survived by her daughter, Nyla (Wayne) Paulson; sons, Bruce (Carol) and Brian (Dianna) Zander; daughter-in-law, Carol Zander; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by husband, Gerald; son, Paul; grandson, Mark Zander; granddaughter, Sherry Van Vleet; grandson, Shawn Zander; great-granddaughter, Samantha Zander; great-grandson, Tristen Paulson; sister, Dorothy Janneke; and brothers, Dale and Everrett Smith.
A funeral service took place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, with visitation one hour prior to the service at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Internment will follow at the Howard Lake City Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com.