Helen Halloran Wheeler, 81, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, friend, and volunteer, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at her home in Chatfield.

Helen was born July 22, 1931, and grew up in Chatfield, graduating from Chatfield High School in 1949 and Winona Teachers College in 1951. While living in Park Rapids, she was an active volunteer helping the low income and elderly with their taxes. She was Lake Emma Township supervisor and also volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. She made many friends while in Park Rapids and enjoyed their friendship throughout her life.

She relocated to southeastern Minnesota and volunteered in many church and community organizations and events. She was the resident manager of the Ronald McDonald House where she supported families from all over the United States and the world. In addition, she volunteered annually by helping the elderly file their tax forms. She has attended St. Mary's Catholic Church since 1931.

She is survived by five children, Pat (Camille) Wheeler of Eagan, Cindy (Bill) Litfin of Windom, Mike (Caroline) Wheeler of Eden Prairie, Joni Wheeler of Palm Desert, Calif., and Tim (Jane) Wheeler of Park Rapids; treasured grandchildren, Anne, Aaron, Irene, Amy, Jason, Allison, Kendra, Neil, Taylor, Bella and Chris; and beloved great-grandchildren, Colin, Ashley and Hayley. Helen is also survived by her two supportive sisters, Geri Beckel and Karen (Terry) Huckstadt; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald F. and Loretta Halloran, and a brother, John.

A celebration Mass was held Tuesday, April 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield assisted the family with arrangements.

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