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WENONA Velda P. Helander, 90, formerly of Wenona, died Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2005) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, where she was a resident the past four years.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Zion Lutheran Church in Wenona, with the Rev. Peter M. Glock officiating. Burial will be in Wenona City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday in the church. The Hurst Funeral Home in Wenona is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Helander was born Dec. 31, 1914, in Washburn, a daughter of John R. and Maureen Felt Miller. She married Ralph Helander on June 15, 1933.

She was a school bus driver in the Wenona area for 30 years. She and her husband owned a trucking company in Wenona for several years. Mrs. Helander was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Wenona, the Ladies Aid of her church and Wenona Literary Club.

She is survived by two sisters, Ruth McCaskey of Toluca and Leola Bailey of Lostant; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 25, 1975; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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