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Rachel E. Helland Jan. 6, 1933 - March 9, 2009

WILLMAR -- Rachel Elaine Helland, 76, of Willmar died Monday at Belgrade Nursing Home.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Lutheran Church Chapel in Willmar. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

She was born Jan. 6, 1933, in St. Paul to Jonas and Agna (Storeygard) Helland. She grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from Thief River Falls High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She taught business and English classes in Oklee, Roseau, Benson and Rochester before moving to Willmar in 1966. She received her master's degree from North Dakota State University. She taught in Willmar until she retired in 1996. In 2001, she moved to Prairie Senior Cottages in Willmar. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, where she was active with circle, finance board and a quilting group. She also was a member of AAUW and was treasurer of WEA for several years.