Helen Hope Fuhs (1921 - 2017)

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Helen Hope Fuhs, 96, died peacefully of old age on Oct. 9, 2017. She was born in 1921. Her home town was Amery, Wis., where her Danish great grandparents settled after coming to America on the last sailing ship from Europe. He was a farmer and she was a milkmaid.
Helen attended grade school and high school in Amery and graduated from Teachers College in 1940. Going to a dance at the local grange, she met Marvin Fuhs from the neighboring town of Turtle Lake, Wis., and it was love at first sight. Because of WWII and other factors, there were married six years later in Helen's Lutheran church. Marv fought in the bloody Battle of the Bulge and was discharged as a Purple Heart veteran when the war ended.
In 1948, they moved to Chicago, Ill., where Marv attended Chicago Illinois Tech. Their first son, Paul was born at that time.
After Marv finished school, they moved to Saint Paul, Minn., where Marv worked in the sheet metal union and built a house for them. Their second son, David, was born there.
Marv drove home in the Saint Paul rush hour traffic one night and announced they were moving to Alaska, which they did in 1956, pulling a trailer up the Alcan Highway because they feared there would be no housing.
In 1959, they bought the property at 1031 Cordova Street, in Anchorage, and built a new house there where they lived for more than 50 years. Their marriage of 60 years was built on a belief that marriage and a commitment to your family is for life. Their daughter, Jane, was born in Alaska in 1959.
Helen taught school as a substitute teacher for many years at Denali Elementary School, mostly in the Special Education program. There never was a child she didn't love.
She spent her free time with family and friends, teaching Sunday School and Bible School at Central Lutheran Church. Her ministry was her neighborhood and she appreciated living in their home by the side of the road.
Her pride and joy were her grand- and great-grandchildren, and she enjoyed their visits so much, giving each one a pet name to match their personality. Her home was filled with their paintings and photographs.
Her favorite sayings were "I can" or "I'm okay and I'm on my way", always positive and looking ahead. She had great faith in God and lived a life of love and unselfishness that is unmatched. It is safe to say that she was truly loved by all who knew her.
She wanted it said that she died with all of her teeth as an admonishment to the youngsters to "Brush your teeth!" Always mom right to the end.
She is survived by her son Paul, and his daughter Hazel; son, Karl Hugo and his daughter, Lula; son, Jerry Khongsuk and his wife Nisa and their son Johnny; her daughter Jane and husband Jim and their daughters Janelle and Ted Sousa and their son Hank; daughter Justine and Cody Hultquist and their children Wyatt, Hope and Cole; and daughter-in-law Karen Malcolm Smith.
Preceded in death by her husband Marv; son David, and his son Dylan.
A memorial service and reception will take place at Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street, in Anchorage, on Oct. 16th at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Helen requested that donations be sent to the Anchorage Rescue Mission at 2823 E Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507.

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Central Lutheran Church
1420 Cordova St
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 277-1622
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2017
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