Helen VanVickle

Helen VanVickle

Thursday April 2, 1931 Wednesday March 24, 2021

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Obituary for Helen Elaine VanVickle

Helen Elaine VanVickle, age 89, of Pillager ascended to her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Staples at Lakewood Health System. Helen was born on April 2, 1931 in Saginaw, MIchigan to Roy and Lela (Cole) Swaim. She married Eugene VanVickle on November 17, 1951.
Helen was an active vibrant woman who enjoyed life to the fullest. Early in their marriage, she and Gene traveled from Minnesota to Louisville, Kentucky by motorcycle, having her oldest son LeRoy ride behind her while her younger son Brad rode in front of Gene. She loved to spend time outdoors with her boys doing whatever they were up to including snowmobiling, motorcycling, 4 wheeling, etc. She also loved attending sporting events watching her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. After reaching retirement, Helen and Gene traveled all over the United States by RV and motorcycle. Helen was of strong faith and loved the First Baptist Church of Pillager where she attended for almost 70 years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Left to cherish Helen's memory are her sons, Brad (LaVonne) and Brian (Janet) both of Pillager; sisters, Charlotte Brattlund of Pillager and Constance (Phillip) Cook of Florida; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband of 49 years, Eugene; son, LeRoy; an infant daughter Valerie; brother David Swaim; great grandson, Mason VanVickle.
In honor of Helen's memory, please wear her favorite color, purple to the service.
Funeral service for Helen will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2PM at First Baptist Church in Pillager. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 2-4PM at First Baptist Church in Pillager, and one hour prior to the service Monday. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager.

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Funeral service for Helen will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2PM at First Baptist Church in Pillager. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 2-4PM at First Baptist Church in Pillager, and one hour prior to the service Monday. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager.

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Ann Marie Cibuzar McTernan

A special thank you to the VanVickle Family for allowing your sweet Mother Helen to work so many years at the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. I worked at the Brainerd Daily Dispatch for one year after graduating from the University of Minnesota - St.Paul Campus in Family Social Science and was accepted and went to the University of North Carolina - Greensboro NC the August of 1974 - so I worked in the Classified Ads section in the old Brainerd Daily Dispatch Office and building and had a wonderful opportunity to work with your Mother Helen. What an honor to meet and work for one year with such a vibrant lady who got things done constantly. I think she was in the Circulation Dept if I remember correctly and worked with Larry Holman whose name I came across yesterday when I was looking for the address and family name of a 1969 Brainerd High School graduate classmate that I could not find in our roster. And there was Larry Holman's name which reminded me of the combination of your Mother Helen and Larry who was much more laid back and it worked just great as everything was out in time and the presses were on time and so were the page layouts. I know she was in my Dad's Shoe Store often - Paul's Shoe Store in Downtown Brainerd and I know that she was very loved by everyone who had the special opportunity to meet her and above have a chance to work with her especially on the Brainerd Daily Dispatch! Our prayers and hugs to the entire VanVickle Family for sharing such a super worker and terrific lady with us for 89 years of her special life. Sincerely, Ann Marie Cibuzar McTernan - Baxter Mn, LtCol (Retired) Paul F Cibuzar - Nisswa Mn, and my younger sister Barb Cibuzar Klunder who now lives in Cody Wyoming.
Comment | Posted at 08:49pm via Condolence

Debbie Mertens

Helen is my Aunt, my Dad’s sister ..... Uncle Gene and Aunt Helen were my God Parents as well. I hold a lot of memories of them and will cherish them in my heart ❤️ forever. I want to offer my condolences to the family and may God be with each and everyone of them, thru this difficult time !!
Comment | Posted at 11:57pm via Condolence

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