Mae C. Hele, 90

Published 7:01 am Sunday, April 17, 2016



Mae C. Hele, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Mae was born May 18, 1925, in Brainerd, Minnesota, to Joseph and Stella Horak. On Nov. 1, 1942, she was married in Brainerd to Arthur Hele. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 1996.

Shortly after their marriage, Art left for the war overseas and Mae worked in the office of the Nabisco Biscuit factory in Minneapolis until his return when they moved to Austin, Minnesota, where Art began work at the Hormel plant and Mae became a homemaker and mother to their five children.

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She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin and enjoyed camping, square dancing, traveling and most of all, her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid reader and loved to crochet, specializing in beautiful keepsake afghans for her family members.

Survivors include her son, David Hele (Mary), Birchwood, Wisconsin; her daughters, Mary Bottin (Steve), Austin, Minnesota, Janice Tamke, Austin, Minnesota, Karen Baier (Ron), Owatonna, Minnesota; her son, James Hele (Nancy), McAllen, Texas; grandchildren, Scott Billadeau, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Brian Billadeau, Austin, Minnesota, Cathy Elit (Mike), Austin, Minnesota, and Brenda Anderson (Dean), Austin, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Madison Elit, Mckenzie Elit, Alec Anderson and Alyssa Anderson.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Sacred Heart Care Center with Father Donald Zenk officiating. There will be a 5 p.m. CCW Rosary on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be left online at