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Helen E. (Bjornstad) Torke Frank, Stoughton, WI (1917-2014)

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February 10, 2014

April 22, 1917 - February 8, 2014

Helen E. (Bjornstad) Frank, age 96, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Linda, by her side on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Harmony Living Center. She was born on April 22, 1917, in Utica, WI, the daughter of Constance and Carl Bjornstad. She married Albert Torke in 1935, who passed away in 1959. She then married Melvin Frank in 1968, who passed away in 1988. Helen was a member of Covenant Lutheran Church in Stoughton. She worked as a nursing aide at a local nursing home. She was a wonderful cook, especially Norwegian pastries and lefse. Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, always looking forward to holidays and reunions.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Linda (Terry) Christianson; nine grandchildren: Peggy (Mike) Carmody, Dennis Ryan, Karen (Don) Peterson, Greg (Julie) Ryan, Jeff (Jane) Ryan, Tim (Ann) Ryan, Eric (Laurie) Christianson, Tracy Pierce and Kelly (Nate) Zastrow; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Eleanor Torke; a son-in-law, Joe Ryan; a brother, Philip Bjornstad; step-son, Stanley (Patricia) Frank; other step family members; nieces; nephews and many special friends. Helen was preceded in death by her two husbands; daughters, Diane Torke and Clarice Ryan; son, John Torke; a granddaughter, Kathleen Jo Ryan; sister, Marion Holtan; and step-daughter, Marietta Havey.

Funeral services will be held at COVENANT LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1525 N. Van Buren, Stoughton, at Noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, with the Rev. Mark Petersen presiding. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Visitation will be held at the CHURCH from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Wednesday. Burial will be held at Prairie Mound Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials may be made to AgraceHospiceCare or Covenant Lutheran Church.

A special thank you to the caregivers these past few years for Helen.

On-line condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson Stoughton Funeral & Cremation Care

1358 Highway 51 N. (608)873-4590

 



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