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Helen Pauline Mostad Christensen
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Birth: Nov. 23, 1919
Griggs County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Jan. 22, 2005
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA

Obituary: Osakis Review, Feb. 1, 2005, (Osakis Minnesota)
Helen Christensen, 85
Helen Christensen, 85, Osakis, died January 22, 2005 at Community Memorial Home in Osakis.
Helen Pauling Mostad was born November 23, 1919 in Cooperstown, ND to Henry and Ruth (Crawford) Mostad.
She graduated from high school in June 1936. Helen was the first graduate of a former school graduate, (her mother Ruth). In September of that year she moved with her parents and two brothers to a Whitney Land Co. farm eight miles south of Osakis.
After a brief time attending school in Fargo, Helen returned to Osakis and worked at the Corner Café for Mr. and Mrs. Knutson. Later she worked at the café owned by Okkie and Lillian Johnson. On December 15, 1940, Harlan Christensen and Helen Mostad were married at her home in rural Osakis. They went to live on a farm near Sauk Center.
In 1963 they had an auction sale and moved into Osakis where Harland worked for Aus Hoosline and Helen worked at the Phillips 66 Café for Wayne Harrison. When they moved to the Manor Apartments in 1978, Harlan became the caretaker. Helen worked at the Sportsman's Café and then Community Memorial Home as a cook. She worked 14 years at the home, becoming head cook and retiring in 1984.
Helen was a member of Osakis Lutheran Church, belonged to the Rebekah Circle and was a Sunday School teacher. She also belonged to the Memorial Home Auxiliary, was a senior companion driver, enjoyed cooking, canning and baking and bowling, fishing and playing cards.
She is survived by her children, Allen (Donna) Christensen of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Douglas (Kris) Christensen of Escondido, California, Larry (Sachie) Christensen of Tokyo, Japan, Paul (Cindy) Christensen of Osakis; grandchildren: Michael, Susan, Stephen, Phillip, Anthony and Yvonne Christensen; great grandchildren, Charlie, Jasmine and Isis; brother Robert (Janet) Mostad, Osakis; Sisters-in-Law Ruth Mostad, Zumbrota, and Fern Rawnsley, Wanamingo Michigan, many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Harlan in 1989; and a brother, Arthur Mostad.
Funeral services were held January 28 at Osakis Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Calvert officiating. Musicians were Pat Converse and Cheryl and Myron Larson. Interment was at the Nelson Cemetery. Honorary bearers were Frances Mostad, Martha Vogel, and Peggy Mostad. Casket bearers were Tony and Yvonne Christensen, Dennis and John Mostad, Virginia Earl and Verna Mostad Sawyer. Arrangements were handled by the Roy-Hetlund Funeral Home, Osakis.

Marriage Record
DOUGLAS County P - 257

parents: Henry and Ruth (Crawford) Mostad
Children: Allen, Douglas, Larry, Paul

family history of the Mostad family:
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mostad and son, Arthur, moved to Cooperstown from Montpelier, North Dakota in the fall of 1918. They moved to a farm northeast of Cooperstown, which was at that time owned by R. C. Cooper. This farm is now property of Norman Edlund. Daughter, Helen, was born on this farm in the fall of 1919.

On March 1, 1920, the Mostad family moved to the Iver Udgaard farm. This farm consisted of 6 quarters Sections or 960 acres. Another 320 acres were also rented later. All farming at this time was done with horses and about 24 head of workhorses were kept on hand. There were also approximately 100 head of beef cattle, some hogs and at one time, 150 head of sheep to care for. Up to seven men were hired at one time to care for all this.

In the spring of 1929, Mr. Mostad purchased 320 acres of land in Romness Township from Mr. Udgaard. This farm is now owned by Mrs. Helen Udgaard. Son, Robert, was born on this farm in the fall of 1925. The Mostad children attended the Seim School and Arthur and Helen completed all eight grades in this school. Helen graduated from the Cooperstown High School in 1936.

The Mostad family were members of the Ringsaker Lutheran Church and Arthur and Helen were confirmed there. Mr. Mostad served on the Romness town board for several years before moving away in 1936. He was president of the Farmers Union Local of Romness Township.

The Mostad family moved to Osakis, Minnesota, in September 1936, where they farmed until 1952. Mr. and Mrs. Mostad retired to Glenwood, Minnesota, where they lived until Mr. Mostad passed away in 1969. Mrs. Mostad now lives at the Memorial Home, Osakis, Minnesota Mrs. Mostad is the daughter of Eliza Crawford, who was an early pioneer resident of Cooperstown.

Arthur Mostad married Ruth Frigaard of Cooperstown in 1941. They now reside in Wanamingo, Minnesota.

Helen Mostad married Harlan Christensen, Osakis, Minnesota where they now reside.

Arthur Mostad (Helen Mostad Christensen's brother) on

Robert Mostad married Janet Husmann and they now farm near Osakis, Minnesota.

Family links: 
  Henry Edward Mostad (1889 - 1969)
  Ruth Viola Crawford Mostad (1892 - 1980)
  Harlan Buford Christensen (1915 - 1989)*
  Arthur Edwin Mostad (1915 - 1999)*
  Helen Pauline Mostad Christensen (1919 - 2005)
  Robert Alfred Mostad (1925 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Nelson Cemetery
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Sec. 3 Blk 12 Lot 2E
Created by: Enoch
Record added: Oct 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98648881
Helen Pauline <i>Mostad</i> Christensen
Added by: Enoch
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