Helen E. Christianson, 82, of Rib Lake, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Dycora Transitional Health and Living.
She was born on September 15, 1936 to Frank and Winafred (Wehrmann) Erdman in Rib Lake. She attended Fawn Valley and Rib Lake area schools. She married DuWayne E. Christianson on June 4, 1960; he preceded her in death on March 15, 1989.
Helen worked at Gem Products before she farmed on the Family Dairy Farm. She continued farming until DuWayne passed away. She then worked at Rib Lake Health Services as a CNA, laundry aid, and in housekeeping until retirement. In retirement she volunteered at Rib Lake Health Services helping with bingo and sing-a-longs. She entered Rib Lake Health Services in October of 2013 as a patient until failing health required her to move to Dycora in July of 2018.
In her spare time Helen enjoyed making homemade baked goods, gardening, canning, driving tractor for bailing hay, caring for animals, and spending time with family and friends.
Helen is survived by her children, Allen Christianson of Rib Lake, Tammy (Paul) Bergeson of Wausau, and Randy Christianson of Rib Lake; grandchildren, Tyler (Danielle) Bergeson, Travis Bergeson, and Ted Davis, all of Wausau; great-grandchildren, Madisyn and Raelyn Bergeson, both of Wausau. She is also survived by her brother, James Erdman or Rib Lake and sister, Bernice (Bernard) Bartelt of New Berlin and 6 nieces and nephews.
Helen is further survived by many other family and friends.
Helen is preceded in death by her husband and parents.
A funeral service for Helen will take place at 12:00 PM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.
Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com