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Helen Louise Thornton Dalen
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1923
Vermilion County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 2, 2011
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

Helen Louise Dalen, 87, of Cambridge passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Helen was born November 14, 1923 in Georgetown, Illinois to Omer and Myrtle Thornton. She was the youngest of two sisters and one brother, Vivian, Mable, Dale and Helen. Both of Helen's parents, along with the two sisters and one brother passed away at early ages.

Helen attended Georgetown High School, and went on to further her education at Utterback-Brown Business College in Danville, IL. After a couple of jobs in Illinois she and a friend decided to head to California for a job at Kaiser Shipyards in Berkley during World War II. It was there that she met up with Roger Dalen, where he was stationed prior to being sent to Attu in the Aleutians with the Navy. This love affair ended up in them coming to Minnesota, where they were married at Cambridge Lutheran Church, with Pastor Harold Peterson officiating on December 8, 1946. Helen and Roger "Pat" were blessed by having two daughters, Barbara Jean in 1949 and Patti Elizabeth in 1955. It was in Minnesota that Helen fell in love with Roger's parents, Eddie and Pearl Dalen. They were indeed Helen's adopted parents.

Helen worked in several areas in Cambridge including for Judge Raymond Olson, Carlson Drug Store, Beans Incorporated, Judge Robert Gillespie, Cambridge Star, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, and Isanti Food Store. Helen was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church and a member of the Cambridge American Legion Women's Auxiliary for over 60 years.

Helen is survived by her husband of 64 years Roger "Pat" of Cambridge, daughters Barbara and husband Ken Kotzer of Bloomington, Patti and husband Eugene Leisinger of Eagan, grandchildren Amy Jean Kotzer, Mark (Kate) Kotzer, Brittany (Charlie) Metzig, and Blake (Stephanie) Leisinger. The grandchildren blessed grandma and grandpa with four great grandchildren Gus, Henry and Asher Metzig, and Bennett Kotzer. Also surviving is brother-in-law Don and wife Dorothy Dalen of Cambridge as well as numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
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  Roger W. Dalen (1922 - 2014)*
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Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery
Isanti County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Malcolm Paine
Record added: Oct 06, 2011
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Helen Louise <i>Thornton</i> Dalen
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Helen Louise <i>Thornton</i> Dalen
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- Malcolm
 Added: Oct. 6, 2011

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