Helen Benson, 80, of Lanesboro

Helen Benson, 80, of Lanesboro, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Park Lane Estates in Preston surrounded by her family.

Helen Arlene Thoen was born on Sept. 9, 1938, in Lanesboro to Amos and Amy (Hilden) Thoen.

She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1956.

She was united in marriage to Roger Huwert Benson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Aug. 18, 1962, and to this union six children were born.

The couple enjoyed going to auctions, watching Burro sporting events, spending time with their grandchildren and traveling together. She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she also worked in the office for 38 years.

She enjoyed bird watching, reading, her daily walks, listening to Elvis and anything that involved Lanesboro history and memorabilia. She looked forward to any and all Lanesboro town celebrations and community involving events. She was a fan of all Minnesota sports teams and especially enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings. She was a passionate, lifelong Burro fan. She loved to watch her children and especially her grandchildren participate in the many activities they were involved in at Lanesboro Schools. She was a proud and loving grandmother who cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Benson of Lanesboro, Deane Benson of Lanesboro, Lynne Tollefson of Austin, Joleen (Arlyn) Krause of Austin, Bryan (Teri) Benson of Lanesboro and Aimee (TJ) Stettler of Lanesboro; grandchildren, Aerica, Ryan, Lindsay, Braden, McKenzie, Nathan, Nicholas, Joshua, Gunnar, Olivia, Alayna, Payton, Reece, Kendall and Kaden; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan, Jude, Kashton and Baby Girl Benson due in June; siblings, Merlin (Mary) Thoen of Winona, Richard (Lisa) Thoen of Harmony and Sandra (Richard) Morris of Onalaska, Wis.; and sister-in-law, Eloise Johnson of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger on Dec. 1, 2006.

A funeral service for her was held on Saturday, March 30, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro with the Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating. Burial took place in Lanesboro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lanesboro Booster Club and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro.