HENDRICKS, Minn. - Funeral services for Helen (Solem) Reinertson, 90, of Hendricks, Minn. and formerly Estherville, will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the Hendricks Nursing Home Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Bethany Cemetery, Astoria, S.D. A time to visit over coffee will be held at the nursing home following the service.
She died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Helen had been a resident there for the past five years.
Helen was born on Oct. 30, 1921, on the family farm southeast of Astoria, S.D. in Brookings County. She was the daughter of Iver and Anna Marie (Westmoe) Solem. She joined two older brothers, Elroy and Ohmar. She attended elementary and high school in Astoria and graduated in 1939. She attended Dakota State College in Madison, S.D. where she received her teaching degree. She taught at country schools 103 near White, S.D. and 70 by the Singsaas Church.
In 1943, Helen became an employee of the third region of the Civil Aeronautics Administration in Akron, Ohio. In 1944, she transferred to assistant aircraft communicator at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. In 1945, Helen resigned this position to return to the farm after the death of her mother. She went back to college to earn her master's degree and then returned to teaching. She taught in White S.D., Madison, S.D. and Worthington, Minn.
Helen married Morrell Reinertson in June of 1958 at the Singsaas Lutheran Church. They moved to Estherville where Helen taught second grade and Morrell worked at John Morrell. Helen continued teaching in Estherville until her retirement in 1988. Morrell passed away in 1990 and Helen continued to live in Estherville until her move to the Hendricks Nursing Home in August 2006. The move to Hendricks got her closer to her brother and sister-in-law, Ohmar and Leona Solem.
Helen and Morrell enjoyed many activities during Helen's summer break. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and Helen always sent postcards and brought back souvenirs for her niece and nephew. She enjoyed photography and had a camera ready to capture events and family. Helen enjoyed watercolor painting, counted cross stitch, knitting, baking and entertaining. Helen loved to read and she would usually bring a bag or two of books to her brother after she had read them. She participated in many of the activities at the nursing home and enjoyed when family came to visit.
Helen and Morrell never had children of their own but she had an impact on hundreds of children as a teacher. She had a good sense of humor and a quick wit that was enjoyed by her family and friends. She is survived by a niece Natalie Westegard, spouse Terry and great-nephews Andrew and Michael She is also survived by great nieces Cristina and Anthony Silva, Katie Solem and Brock Van Damm and Jessica Solem and Chris Haugen. She also has other nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death were her parents, spouse, brothers and nephew.
The Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, S.D. is entrusted with the arrangements.