Helen (Fussy) Kelzenberg

Helen (Fussy) Kelzenberg

Helen Kelzenberg, age 101, of Richfield and Bloomington, passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2017.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Michaeleen, Kerry, Jean Flynn (Michael), and Debbie Bloedow (Mark); sons, Neal, Tom; grandson, Alexander Bloedow; four grand-puppies; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ted (Theodore); her parents, Anton and Michaeline Fussy; six sisters and six brothers.
Helen was a born near Royalton, MN, and was raised on the family farm. At a very young age she decided that she was going to be a teacher. Helen received her teaching certificate from the St. Cloud Teachers College. She taught grades one through eight for a number of years in a one-room schoolhouse and was also a substitute teacher for two Minneapolis Catholic schools. Helen served on many PTA committees during her children’s public school years. Later, she ran the weekend nursery during mass at St. Richard’s church for 15 years.
Helen truly enjoyed children and babysat for a select number of families until she became a grandmother at the age of 79.
She loved playing cards, especially Canasta and 500, and it was only during those times she showed no mercy to her opponents. She taught card games to children in her care and used the game’s score-keeping as a teaching tool. Many of those youngsters acknowledged how the math skills they learned helped them along in their careers.
Helen was a very kind and caring soul. Her children frequently heard the following from her but also saw her live it – “lead by example”; “treat people the way you want to be treated”; “be kind to children and animals”; and “do things for people while they’re alive.”
Helen’s children are truly thankful for the loving care, respect, and friendship provided to their mother over the last five years of her life by her caregivers. Special thanks to Deborah Mitchell, Sylvia Jones, and the remarkable Jessyca Sheld. Her children are also grateful to their friends and co-workers for any support given which enabled them to care for their mother at home.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Feed My Starving Children (give.fmsc.org) or to your favorite charity aiding children.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date with burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery beside her husband.

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