Helen M. Ranstrom, 93, Princeton, died Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at
Elim Care & Rehab Center in Princeton, MN.
Helen Marcia Hardland was born on March 25, 1919 in Larimore, ND, daughter
of Christian and Hannah (Mortenson) Hardland. As a toddler, she lived in
Canada while her father farmed his brother’s land, the family then moved to
Petersburg, ND, where she attended school and graduated from high school.
Growing up she worked in her father’s General Store. She also worked in the
shipyards in Portland, OR. She moved back to North Dakota and met the love
of her life. She was united in marriage with Ernest I. Ranstrom on
September 12, 1943 in Warren, MN. They made their home in Warren, later
moving to Minneapolis and finally settling in Princeton. They had six
children together and had forty-seven years of marriage before Ernest died
on December 10, 1990.
Helen did a lot of volunteer work; working at the Princeton Clothing Center
and the Food Pantry. She was active in the Rum River Senior’s Club and Mary
Circle of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing the accordion and
the kazoo. Helen was always ready to play cards or Bingo. She was honored
as Mille Lacs County Outstanding Senior Citizen in 1992 and 2002.
Helen is survived by her children: Lyle (Laura) Ranstrom of Fairfax, MN,
Beverly (Gary) Mielke of Lake Park, MN, James (Linda) Ranstrom of Carver,
MN, Leroy Ranstrom of Minneapolis, MN, John (Debra) Ranstrom of Savage, MN
and Mary Ranstrom of Detroit Lakes, MN; twelve grandchildren: David
Ranstrom, Jennifer (Al) Dunn, Michelle (Todd) Ball, Mark Ranstrom, Brian
(Erika) Mielke, Thomas (Kim) Mielke, Jim Ranstrom Jr., Scott (Crystal)
Ranstrom, Sarah Braun, Andrea (Jesse) Todd, Shannon Ranstrom and Elizabeth
Ranstrom. and ten great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Christian and Hannah Hardland;
four brothers; two sisters and her husband: Ernest Inar Ranstrom on December
Visitation: 5 to 8 PM, Tuesday at the funeral home and for one hour before
services at the church on Wednesday.
Funeral: 11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Burial: Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton, MN.