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Helen Buysse, 92

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Helen Irene Buysse, 92, of Red Wing, died Thursday, June 13, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park.

She was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Jasper, Minn., to Camiel and Emma (VandeBerg) Buysse. She grew up in the Jasper and Beaver Creek area and enjoyed living on the farm and being outdoors. She was the youngest of seven children and was her father's constant companion. She liked to be with him whenever he left the farm, especially when going to the Cattle Stock Market to trade. She and her husband-to-be, Carl, grew up only miles apart, and they were united in marriage on Nov. 17, 1938. They farmed in Jasper until moving to Red Wing in 1959, where Carl began a job at Mariner Boats. Helen worked at Erickson's and More-4 as a pharmacy technician. Although she always enjoyed working, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was most important to her. Before Carl's death in 2004, Helen and Carl had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

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Helen's faith was also a very important aspect of her life, and she had been an active member at the Church of St. Joseph, where she was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Daughters and had served as regional director for the Catholic Daughters. She also spent time at church helping with funerals, singing in the funeral choir, and was a Eucharistic minister. Since 1985, she had been taking birthday cakes to residents at the Red Wing Correctional Facility. Helen was a huge Twins fan and loved flowers, birds, and playing cards, especially euchre.

She is survived by eight children, Catherine (Jack) Kellen of Sibley, Iowa, Eileen (Ron) Scharpen of St. Peter, Madge (Gordy) Arnesen of St. Francis, Wayne (Kim) Buysse of Old Frontenac, Steven (Joanne) Buysse of Camphill, Pa., David Buysse of Old Frontenac, Ruth Ann (Dan) McCarty of St. Joseph Island, Ontario, Canada, and Jeannie (Scott) Fairbanks of Red Wing; 27 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; grandson Jeffrey John Kellen; great-grandson John Daryl Wasmund; one brother; and five sisters.

Mass of Resurrection was 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Church of St. Joseph, with Father Thomas M. Kommers presiding. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred to the Church of St. Joseph or Jordan Towers.

Online condolences may be sent the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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