Helen Marvelyn Lahammer, 83, of Aberdeen, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Her wishes were to be cremated with a public memorial service being held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, with Pastor Rhia Strohm, of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, officiating.
Burial follows at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the mortuary. Family and friends may sign Helen’s online guestbook and view her service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Altar Guild, 1620 Milwaukee Avenue NE, Aberdeen, SD 57401.
Helen Marvelyn German was born to Theodore and Anna (Johnson) German on November 20, 1936, near Peever, SD. She graduated from Sisseton High School in 1955.
Helen married Laverne Lahammer on January 28, 1956, and initially lived in Hawaii, where Laverne was stationed in the Army. Following his discharge from the military, they established a residence in Aberdeen. The couple became the parents of seven children: Rocky, Randy, Michael, Warren, Neil, Michele, and Marsha and eventually settled on a farm outside Bath, SD, where they lived for many years.
Helen earned an associate degree in business administration from Northern State University in 1991. She was a longtime employee of Control Data and the White House Inn. Helen and Laverne shared over 62 years of marriage before he passed away on April 27, 2018. She continued to reside in Aberdeen until the time of her death.
Helen was a longstanding member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she very active in the Altar Guild. She was an excellent seamstress, and also enjoyed watching professional ice skating and doing puzzles. Helen loved traveling with Laverne and visiting family throughout the U.S. Her family meant the world to her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her children: Rocky (Janice) of Aberdeen, Randy (Victoria) of Sioux Falls, SD, Michael (Lorna) of Mount Vernon, IA, Warren (Robyn) of Rapid City, SD, Neil (Meg) of Red Wing, MN, Michele (John) Pechacek of Cary, NC and Marsha (Doug) Moseley of Richmond, VA; her brothers: Don of Peever, SD, Sonny (Karen) of Watertown, SD and Bud (Dianne) of Jacksonville, FL; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Laverne; her parents; her brothers: Raymond, Luverne, and Dale; and her sister, Doris Eggers Wyman.
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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Altar Guild
1620 Milwaukee Avenue NE, Aberdeen SD 57401