Helen Elizabeth Rastedt-Weinrich (McAllister), age 85, was called to her eternal rest surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, and loved ones on November 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She fought a courageous battle and remained strong for her family until the very end. She never gave up hope.
Helen was born October 4, 1932 in Doran, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Florence (Neubauer) McAllister. She was baptized in Breckenridge, Minnesota and was the oldest of seven children. Helen was raised in Richville, Minnesota where she met Leonard. On June 4, 1949 Helen was united in marriage to Leonard Henry Rastedt at St. John’s Parsonage in Ottertail. Helen and Leonard were blessed with 48 years of marriage and raised five children together before Leonard passed in 1998. On August 25, 2000, Helen and Lawrence Weinrich were united in marriage at the Wadena Court House. Helen and Lawrence spent the next 17 adventurous, inseparable years together before Helen was called home.
Helen was an incredible woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a gifted woman who worked the land alongside her family, supported and encouraged five beautiful children, was a devoted woman to God, and made life joyful for all. Helen found great happiness in her many hobbies. She loved to dance to any polka song, especially those sang by her brothers, bake and cook for her family—scotch-a-roos were her specialty, travel in her later years, raise the many animals that were brought to her doorstep by her grandchildren, took pictures at every opportunity with her Kodak camera, decorated and celebrated every holiday, and gave love to anyone who knew her.
Some of Helen’s specialties include: dancing with Lawrence at area nursing homes, always having a container full of goodies on her porch for all to enjoy, and chatting with anyone who stopped by. If she wasn’t baking you a cake for your birthday while humming, she was twirling you around and teaching you how to polka and waltz.
Helen’s faith was very important to her. During her final breaths, she listened to her family say the Lord’s Prayer.
Helen is survived by her husband Lawrence; her children William (Paulette) Rastedt of Fargo, Kenneth (Kristi) Rastedt of Richville, Dale (Cyndy) Rastedt of Ottertail, Kristy (Don) Hovland of Ottertail and David (Tricia) Rastedt of Ottertail; her stepchildren Kelly Weinrich of Fergus Falls, Karla Weinrich of Washington and Kraig Weinrich of Fergus Falls; 15 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 10 great-grandchildren with another due in June; her brothers Joseph (Donna) McAllister of Richville, James (Jacki) McAllister of Richville and Jerome (Pauline) McAllister of Minneapolis; sister Norma Jean Moe of Frazee; many nephews and nieces; and all those who loved her and simply called her Mom or Grandma.
Helen was preceded in death by her first husband Leonard Rastedt; two infant daughters; parents George and Florence McAllister; her brother George McAllister; and her sister Lorraine Urvand.
We look forward to seeing your smile and special wave in heaven. Love you always.
Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church near Ottertail. Visitation will resume at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church near Ottertail. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com