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Helen A. Thorstad Jan. 20, 1935 - Nov. 9, 2008

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MORRIS -- Helen Arlene Thorstad, 73, of Morris died Sunday at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria after a battle with cancer.

The service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.

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Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and at the church for one hour before the service.

She was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Herman to Ole and Hazel (Lilienthal) Madsen. The family moved to Morris, where she grew up and graduated from Morris High School.

On Feb. 25, 1956, she married Merald Thorstad. They lived and farmed near Morris.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Morris where she taught Sunday school and confirmation classes. She was also a member of the extension homemakers club and the Prairie Pioneers Camping Club.

She is survived by her husband; three children: Bruce (and Kathy) Thorstad of Morris, Gerald Thorstad (and Tammy Ehrp) of Morris and Nancy (and Raymond) Pansch of Graceville; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother: Kenneth Madsen of Elmhurst, Ill.

She was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter and one brother.

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