Helen May Weber, 81

Published 10:42 am Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Helen May Weber, 81, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her loving husband Jim and their family.



Helen was born on May 13, 1934, in Austin, Minnesota, to Bennie and Anna (Gunderson) Johnson.

She was raised in Rose Creek and Lyle by her grandparents and uncles, whom she lived with since infancy. She graduated from Lyle High School and attended Austin Junior College.

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Helen and Jim began their courtship in high school and married on Nov. 7, 1953. To this union five children were born.

Helen and Jim enjoyed their many travels throughout the world. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, she treasured their yearly trips up north.

She was a loving caregiver to many children, including: Jana and Kelly Johnson, Kellie Kroc, Tom and Katie Fedoryk, Paul and Becky Frein, Elizabeth, Ben and Emily Johnson, and Nathan and Abby Brinkman. She was also a house mom to many Austin Maverick hockey players as well as Coach Lou Vairo and his dog, Daisy.

She was preceded in death by her stillborn daughter Ann Marie; granddaughter Savannah Brinkman; grandparents Gilbert and Gunvor Gunderson; parents Anna and Bennie Johnson; four brothers; one sister; and several aunts and uncles.

Helen is survived by her husband Jim Weber, Austin, Minnesota; children: Kim (Mike) Sallet, Rochester, Minnesota, Michelle (Rick) Skaar, Rochester, Minnesota, Kevin (Patti) Weber, Shoreview, Minnesota, Julie (Jeff) Brinkman, Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren: Adam, Toni, Katelyn, Nathan, Alec, Abby and Ian; her dog Ellie; sister Gloria Larson; brothers: Emery and Nolan “Snooly” Johnson.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father John Traufler officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., where there will be a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to one of Helen’s favorite charities, the Mower County Humane Society.