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Helen Fearing, 87

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Helen Fearing, 87

Helen Jane Wibstad Fearing, 87, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Helen was born June 23, 1926 in Brandon to Simon and Nora (Gilbertson) Wibstad. She was raised and schooled in Brandon, where she graduated from high school.

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Helen moved to the Twin Cities where she lived with her aunt. In the Cities, she worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone and also for National School Studios.

Helen met Raymond Wold, and the two were married on April 23, 1950. They made their home at Gaylord where Ray farmed. The couple was blessed with four children, Jaynie, Julie, Jack and John. Helen helped with the farm. She milked cows and looked after the other animals.

In the late 1970s, Helen moved to Brandon. On June 17, 1989 she was united in marriage to Skip Fearing. The couple made their home in Alexandria. In 2002, they moved to Starbuck, where they resided until Skip's death in 2012. Helen returned to Alexandria and lived at Nelson Gables.

Helen enjoyed volunteering. She volun-teered at the Alexandria schools as a grandmother and spent time mentoring reading to children. She also volunteered at nursing homes in Alexandria and Star-buck. She served the churches that she belonged to as a member of the Ladies Aid.

Helen had several hobbies. She loved to go dancing. Music was something Helen really enjoyed. She also spent time drawing and quilting. She loved the out-doors. When she was able, she traveled throughout the U.S., including trips to Alaska and Hawaii. She enjoyed fishing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, softball and golfing. Any outdoor sports or activi-ties interested Helen.

She was preceded in death by her hus-band, Skip Fearing; one brother, Ray Wibstad; and two sisters, Eleanor Bur-gess and Irene Anderson.

Helen is survived by her four children, Jaynie Ecker and husband, Tom, of Troy, Texas, Julie Harrington and husband, Mike, of Summerville, South Carolina, Jack Wold and wife, Beverly, of Safety Harbor, Florida, and John Wold and wife, Bonnie, of Gaylord; grandchildren, Jessica Wilkins, Justin Bussler, Carissa Overcash, Jaynie Little, Alexis Roe, Darick Wold, Danielle Frey, Melissa Frey, Jayden Ecker, Jaymia Ecker and Kylee Ecker; great-grandchildren, Maile, Kaia, Cade, Caleb, Addison, Ava, Layla, and Brayden; brothers, Elroy Wibstad of Brandon and Gordon Wibstad and wife, Joyce, of Brandon; sister, Norma Sherrer of Brandon; and step-children, Linda Drew of Concord, New Hampshire, Kathy Lantry of Newport, Rhode Island and David Fearing of Goffstown, New Hampshire.

A memorial service was held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. The Rev. Paul Johnson officiated. Shari Opdahl was organist and Paula Leske was soloist. Honorary casket bear-ers included all of Helen's grandchildren.

Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

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