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Helen Belanus

December 12, 1928 — September 24, 2017

Helen Dorothy Edith (Dreger) Belanus, 88, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Walhalla Lutheran Church in Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the church.

Helen was born December 12, 1928 at the Freemason’s Hospital in Morden, Manitoba, Canada to Fred and Olga (Kubowitsch) Dreger. She grew up in the rural Thornhill area and attended various rural schools in the 1-6 municipality area. On October 21, 1950, she married Ralph Belanus, Jr. at Cavalier, ND. She resided on the family farm near Walhalla, helping her in-laws by keeping up dual households with vegetable gardening, canning, milking cows, feeding calves, raising chickens and turkeys, and all while raising her family.

Helen enjoyed baking and was well-known for finding time to cook endless feasts during harvest and haying times, knitting, embroidering, tending her flower garden, and traveling with family members. She especially enjoyed sketching, drawing, and writing short stories and published poetry. Family was the most important part of her life, spending time with her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her children meant the world to her, and no matter where they were or what was going on, she loved them and was very proud of them.

Survivors include her children: R. Ronald (Diane) Belanus of Cavalier, ND, Leslie (Jeanette) Belanus of Jamestown, ND, George (Wanda) Belanus of Milton, ND, Kathryn (Christ) Hamann of Badger, MN; grandchildren: Duane, Rhonda, Jacob, Mary (Derek), Randi, Melinda (Wendell), Victoria, Josephine (Corey), Melissa (Michael), Neil; great-grandchildren: Sebastian, Jayzen, Camden, Ethan, Blake, McKenzie, Rylee, Callie, Nicholas, Jackson, Aidian, Aurora, Anson; sister Marion Dreger of Winnipeg, MB; as well as her niece, nephews and cousins. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; their child by miscarriage; granddaughter Jennifer; her parents; siblings: and Phyllis Schneider of Great Falls, MT, Alice Dreger of southwest of Morden, MB, and Frederick Dreger of rural Morden, MB.

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