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Helen Enger

January 6, 1918 — May 17, 2016

Helen Enger, 98, of Hatton, ND, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Hatton Prairie Village. Helen Emma Kantor was born January 6, 1918 to Joseph and Emma (Foyt) Kantor in Waskish, MN. The family moved to International Falls, MN where she attended school and graduated from International Falls High School. She attended St. Olaf College and then transferred to the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science if Food Science. Helen interned at the University of Oklahoma Hospital and graduated as a Registered Dietician. She was a dietician at Sunnyrest Sanatorium in Crookston, MN. In 1941 Helen married Filmore Enger. They lived in Crookston before moving to Sharon, ND where they farmed for 10 years. While Filmore worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they lived in various communities. In 1959 they settled in Lodi, California where Filmore was the agricultural loan manager for the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California. In each community where they lived, Helen as actively involved in church and community activities as well as PTA, school and Scouting functions. The couple enjoyed traveling and went by car to 49 states and flew to Hawaii to complete their goal to see the USA. They were able to go to many European countries including Russia. When Filmore was no longer able to travel, Helen enjoyed many trips with her daughter, Deborah, to Israel, Egypt, Ecuador and Peru. In 1987, Helen and Filmore returned to farming in Hatton where they settled into the home where Filmore was raised. They loved the people of the Hatton area where they were active in community activities and farming. In 2006, Helen moved into the assisted living at Hatton Prairie Village and in January of 2015 to the care community, where she continued to enjoy life to the fullest. Helen is survived by her children: Filmore (Kathleen) Enger of Edina, MN, Deborah (Robert Forbes) Enger of St. Croix, USVI, Wendy (Kirk Nichols) Gibson of St. Charles, IL and Sharon (Paul) Pieschel of Springfield, MN; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law: Dorothy Kantor and Lorraine Kantor. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband: Filmore in 2000 after 59 years of marriage; brothers: Emil Kantor and Carl Kantor; and a sister: Adeline (Alan) Gerlach. She will be remembered for her grace of spirit and love of life. Visitation: Will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Funeral Service: 2:00 PM Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Hatton Prairie Village Chapel in Hatton, ND. Burial: Will be at the Little Forks Cemetery in Hatton, ND.
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