BELT Helen Elizabeth (Hartfiel) Pardun, 92, of Belt, died of natural causes Friday, Oct. 26, at Peace Hospice of Great Falls.
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A celebration of her life is 10 a.m. Friday at Belt Community Church, with burial to follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Belt. There will be a dinner following at the Montclair Methodist Church in Belt. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Helen passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, to Herman and Lillian Hartfiel in Minneapolis. Helen spent her younger years singing in a trio and at times could be heard on the radio and she loved to play the piano. She worked as a stenographer and had many secretarial skills that she used helping her husband with his pastoral years. On Sept. 3, 1948, she married Rev. E. Warren Pardun in Minneapolis. The couple was married for 31 years before Warren passed away in 1979. She was a devoted, loving wife and helpful pastor's wife throughout her marriage to Warren. They lived and served in many small United Methodist churches in Montana.
Helen loved to sing and would often accompany the piano students during music festival time and special music at church. She also loved to sew, garden and do the daily crossword puzzle. Helen was also a loving mother to her children; her love was unconditional and abundant. Helen was a woman of faith, and she always prayed for her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed having her grandsons close by to spend time with and to support them in their school activities.
Helen is survived by her son, John R. Pardun of Belt; daughter Beth (Greg) Rood and grandsons David, Aaron (fiancé Stevy Birkeland), Adam and granddaughter Heidi (Chip) Stein of Great Falls; daughter Lois (Bob) Poteete and grandson Patrick of Horseshoe Bend, Ark. Helen is also survived by five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert F. Hartfiel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Belt Bible Fellowship, P.O. Box 562, Belt, MT, 59412 or Peace Hospice of Montana.
Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, 2012