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August 11, 2022

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Funeral for Mary Helland July 21 at Zion Lutheran Church

Mary Caroline Bloomberg Helland, 91, died on Saturday, July 16, 2022 surrounded by family at Mayo Clinic Rochester-St. Marys Campus.
Mary was born Aug. 8, 1930 to George and Mae (Sawtell) Bloomberg at State Center, Iowa. Mary spent much of her childhood in Ames, Iowa graduating from Ames High School.
She married Duane Helland on Oct. 31, 1948 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. They farmed near McCallsburg, Iowa, then Grand Meadow, and for 31 years near Stewartville. Mary worked in sales at JCPenney in Austin and Rochester and for 25 years in the business office at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They retired in 1993, moving to a home in Stewartville. Mary was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was active with the Center for Active Adults and the Stewartville Lionesses. Mary and Duane moved to Prairie Meadows in Kasson in 2011, to Stewartville Root River Estates in 2014, and then to assisted living at The Meadows in Grand Meadow where Mary has lived since 2015. Duane died in 2017. Mary loved traveling with her husband. She was an avid reader; she also enjoyed music, embroidering and painting. She will be remembered for her gentle spirit, lovely smile and positive outlook on life. She loved hugs and letters from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Helland family wishes to thank the many kind, compassionate workers at The Meadows.
Surviving Mary are her four children, Mark (Lois) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Kathy (Ron) Jensen of Austin, Diane (Al) Peterson of Eyota, and Carol Smith (Ed Kunz) of Paynesville; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; her parents; sister, Evy Bishop; brother, Jack Bloomberg; and grandson, Jeremy Helland.
The funeral service for Mary will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Tim Bowman officiating. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Mary are welcome at

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