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July 17, 1930 – Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Service Information
Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church, Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, October 3, 2016
4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Helen Mary Bakke, age 86, passed away on September 27, 2016. Helen Gilbert Bakke was born July 17, 1930 in Buffalo, MN. Her parents were Willard “Bill” Gilbert and Martha Gilbert (nee Dixon).

Helen attended a one room school for the first step in her education. She attended Buffalo High School. After graduating, she worked for one year in a grocery store and then decided to go to St. Cloud University and graduated with and A.E. degree in education. While teaching, she continued her education and received a five year degree in Special Education. She taught in Monticello, MN for 30 years as well as three other schools.

She married Lowell Sellin, and to this union they were blessed with three daughters – Randa (Steve) Hahn, Sandy (John) Smelter and Sara (Gary) Haas. They were blessed with eight grandchildren – Jerad, Jeff and Greg, Jason, Melissa and Stacy, Lexie and Lauren; they also had 8 great-grandchildren, Zach, Anika, Alison and Samantha, Kenzie, Noah, Jadyn and Jensen.

In 1980, Helen married Lester Bakke. They enjoyed winters in Florida, going to Branson, and especially visiting many relatives and friends in Norway. They were privileged to attend the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, take a cruise up the fjords of Norway, and their recent favorite was a bus trip to New York and Washington DC.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Gilbert; sister, Joan Christiansen; all of her children and their spouses; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; children of the heart, Cindy, Keith, Kenneth (dec.), Leslie and Kristen; 20 great-grandchildren of the heart; one great-great-grandchild of the heart; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Bakke; sister-in-law, Joyce Gilbert; brother-in-law, Donald Christiansen; nephews, Curt Christiansen, Timothy Kottke; and great-grandson of the heart, Matthew Trigg.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 3, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church in Buffalo. Visitation will continue at church one hour prior to services. Funeral services for Helen Bakke will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church in Buffalo with Pastor Reid Gilbert officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Casket bearers will be Jerad Hahn, Jason Smelter, Jeff Hahn, Greg Hahn, Jimmy Sellin Jr. and Sam Cavallaro.

Helen’s wish for memorials is to be given to the Buffalo Covenant Church Building Fund.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Karen Smelter

    Prayers and Blessings during this time.
    Sorry for your loss.

  2. Ron and Virginia Otterness

    We are very sad at the loss of your mother, Randa. We know how much she meant to you and your family. Love and prayers.

  3. Lorraine Roush

    She was a favorite teacher of mine, very sorry for your loss.

  4. Heather Stewart

    She is in good place. Heather will get her mail for her. Heather will miss her a lot. Be happy. Heather will see you again!

  5. Inger Hilde Ødegård

    I know time has passed. But it feels like some months ago. I say “thank you” Helen without voice, I appreciate you so much. And think about you and Lester and everything you’ve given me. Robert, with his amazing farm museum, his wife and your mother has passed away. And not so long ago, Joan passed away. Thank you. I will never forget any of you 💗 There’s a piece of my heart, where you all fit. TUSEN TAKK og UFFDA 💗

  6. Inger Hilde Ødegård

    I know time has passed, but it seems like it was last week that you passed away, Helen. Les, your 💗 passed. Your mother, Sister in law, Brother Robert and latest sister Joan. I hope you are together. God bless you all and thank you so much for all that you’ve given me. I’m so thankful. 💗💗💗


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