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Helen Ann Fritz June 27, 1925 - May 16, 2013

Helen Ann Fritz June 27, 1925 - May 16, 2013

WILLMAR - Helen Ann Fritz, 87, of Willmar, died Thursday, May 16th at Bethesda Pleasantview in Willmar. Her funeral will be 11:00 am, Monday, May 20th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 pm, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Helen was born on June 27, 1925, in Prinsburg, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Aukie (DeVries) Kamstra. She grew up in Raymond where she graduated from Raymond High School in 1941.

On March 31, 1945, she was united in marriage to Vernon Fritz in Fredericksburg, Virginia, while Vernon was serving in the United States Marines. While living in Fredericksburg (during World War II), Helen worked on F4U war planes. Following his discharge, they moved to Clara City where she stayed home and raised their children. After Vernon retired, they moved to a home on Lake Florida and for the past 13 years they have lived in Willmar. For several years, Helen and Vernon enjoyed wintering in Arizona.

She was baptized and made her affirmation of faith at Raymond Christian Reformed Church and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City.

Her family remembers her love and dedication to her husband and to all of their family being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Vernon said it best, “She was a wonderful woman.” Helen was always there to help and attend all of her family activities. She was a wonderful cook and baker, making fabulous poppy seed bread and cake, spare ribs and sauerkraut, potato salad and creamed potatoes. Her green thumb was evident in her flower and vegetable gardens which were something to be admired.

Surviving are her husband, Vernon; children, Pat Aunoien of New London; Mike (and Nancy) Fritz of Minneapolis; Debra (and Curt) Bevers of DeForest, WI; Janet Frogner of Mahtomedi and Kris (and Galen) Seehusen of Willmar; 11 grandchildren, Steven (and Julie) Aalfs, Stacey (and Mark) Zondervan, Brett (and Sharon) Aalfs, Heather (and Kim) Spence, Allison (and Derek) Salzman, Jordan (and Jeremiah) Fredrickson, Lane (and Kimberley) Bevers, Justin and Amanda Frogner, Katie (and Ben) Darval and Matthew Seehusen and 8 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother, Wes (and Bev) Kamstra of Fergus Falls; sisters-in-law, Shirley Kamstra of Beardsley and Sylvia Hebrink of Clara City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Alvin and Warren Kamstra.