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Helene M. Lerum

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SWEET GRASS - Helene Margarethe Lerum, 87, a long time Sweet Grass area farm wife, died of natural causes Sunday, July 29, in Colorado Springs.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m Thursday at Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of Sunburst, burial to follow in the Sweet Grass Cemetery.

Pastor Patricia Callaghan will be officiating at the services.

Our beloved mom, gramma and great-gramma went to heaven while in the loving care of her daughter Shelley and her family.

She was born April 29, 1925 in Hanau, Germany, the youngest daughter of Karl and Emma Zoeller. She attended schools in Hanau and eventually became a court secretary. When Helene was 21 years old, she met Peter Lerum at Hanau while he was stationed there with the US Army during WWII. They were married Dec. 14, 1947 at the Lutheran Church of Sunburst. Together, they farmed for over 50 years east of Sweet Grass where they created treasured memories while raising their five children.

She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1952. She was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church of Sunburst and the American Legion Auxiliary. Helene enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, sewing, creating flower arrangements and doing word search puzzles.

Helene is survived by her sons Michael (Sharon) Lerum of Sweet Grass, Lance (Jan) Lerum of Townsend, and Mark (Terri) Lerum of Helena; and her daughters, Marilyn (Alan) Barta of Helena and Shelley (Dick) Pilibosian of Monument, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by beloved husband, Peter in 2000; her parents; four sisters; and three brothers.

The family suggests memorials to the Lutheran Church of Sunburst.

Condolences may be posted online at www.whittedfuneralchapel.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 5, 2012
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