Raley, Helen Lois age 92, of Eagan, MN, formerly of Rochester, MN, Michigan, and North Dakota died in her sleep on Jan. 1, 2013. Helen married Frank Austin Raley in Ishpeming, MI, on Dec. 28, 1940 just as Frank took up WWII army duties and Helen left nursing at Augustana in Chicago. Much of their time together was spent in travel, university life, close family, and managing a summer resort. Helen especially enjoyed geology, rocks, history, and genealogy. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Frank Austin Raley (d. 1990); her two sisters, Shirley Carlson Lundstrom (d. 2008) and June Carlson Sauter (d. 2009); and her partner of 12 years, Morris F. Oxman (d. 2011). Missed and remembered by her surviving children Alison (Peter) Reynolds of Addison, VT, and Marcia Raley (Chris Kvale) of Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren Sarah, Anna Lisa, and Timothy, numerous nieces and nephews. Family will hold a memorial service in Eagle Harbor, MI, in summer 2013. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Calumet, MI.
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Published in Star Tribune on Jan. 6, 2013