Helen Eleanor Lakner of Ely

Helen Eleanor Lakner of Ely, MN passed away peacefully with her family by her side on 8/14/2019 at Boundary Water Care Center. She was born on 4/19/1921 in Section 30, Mn. Her parents were John and Hannah Carlson (Ullakko). She was the second to the youngest of 16 children and grew up in Section 30. She had wonderful memories of fishing in the small stream across the road from their home. She attended school in Section 30, Ely, and graduated from Orting, WA High School.
In 1939 she married Albert Lakner and made a home in Winton, MN where they raised their four sons. The family enjoyed fishing, camping, and berry picking. She held many jobs including being a meter reader for the village of Winton, working at both the Winton and Ely Co-ops, and especially loved her job as a nursing assistant at the Ely nursing home.
Later in her life, she and Albert moved back into her family home in Section 30 where she loved spending time in her garden, watching the wildlife and knitting. She was a member of the Ladies of Kalava and part of their singing group, the Winton Community and Garden Club, Winton Canasta Club. She was also part of the Grace Circle at Grace Lutheran Church.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hannah, and all of her brothers and sisters, her husband Albert and her son Marty.
She is survived by her sons:
William Lakner (Sandie) of Brandywine, MD
James Lakner (Cindy) of Scottsburg, IN
Tom Lakner (Mary) of Columbus, MN
Daughter-In-Law, Nancy Sterbenk (Ted)
Grandchildren:
William, Donald, Micheal, and Jon Lakner
Barney Lakner, Jodi Lakner
Patrick Lakner and Jennifer Nichols
Many Great Grandchildren and Great-Great Grandchildren.
Arrangements:
Visitation at 2 p.m. and Service at 3 p.m. on Friday August 16, 2019
Grace Lutheran Church
301 E Conan
Ely, Minnesota, 55731
Memorials to Grace Lutheran Campership Fund