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Helen (Fleace) Stenzel Obituary

Stenzel, Helen (Fleace) age 79, of Okabena and Heron Lake, Minnesota and later of Minneapolis, Minnesota passed away on March 27, 2013 surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. She was born at home, on the farm, in Alba Township of Jackson County, Minnesota on May 29, 1933; the daughter of Victor and Minnie (Hussong) Fleace, the fourth of 13 children. Helen was mother to seven children: Charlotte "Junie" Post, Cheryl "Boots" Buckeye, Kerwin "Craig" (Corinne) Stenzel, Kevin (Geraldine) Stenzel, Krayton "Scott" (LeeAnn) Stenzel, Carol Michael and Carla Stenzel; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was the loving companion to John Joosten. She earned her Associates Degree in 1980, her Bachelors of Science in Business in 1983, and her Masters of Arts in Public Affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute in 1990; all from the University of Minnesota. She spent her early life caring for her children and grandchildren, while returning to school at the age of 45, where she began to fulfill her boundless curiosity for knowledge and learning. She wrote her graduate thesis on the Federal Agricultural Commodity Policy and Rural America; receiving recognition by Dean Ed Schuh of the University of Minnesota and Senator Dave Durenberger. She was an avid reader, political news follower and devoted Catholic. Although a 40+ year resident of Minneapolis, she still considered herself a "farm girl." Gifts in Helen's memory can be directed to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party at, or to The University of Minnesota for the Discovery Scholars Fund at
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.
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Published online on April 7, 2013 courtesy of Star Tribune.

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