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Helen Nadine Ferden -- Harmony

HARMONY -- The funeral for Helen Nadine Ferden will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro, with the Revs. Ronald and Janet Warnes officiating. The body will be cremated, and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Ferden, 83, of Harmony, died Saturday (April 2, 2005) at Harmony Health Care, where she had lived since 2002.

Helen Nadine Lentz was born July 28, 1921, in Ashdown, Ark., and graduated from Rochester High School in 1940. On April 22, 1950, she married Gerhard Ferden in Winona, and they lived in Whitehall, Wis., St. Charles, rural Fountain and rural Lanesboro before moving to Harmony in 1988. She was a waitress and her husband was a farmer; he died in 2001. She was a 4-H leader, a member of the Canton Card Club, a former member of Root Prairie Lutheran Church near Fountain, and a member of North Prairie Lutheran Church.

Survivors include five daughters, JoAnne Smith of Springfield, Ore., Sharon Giesler of Lincoln, Neb., Karen (Allan) Haugen of Lanesboro, Linda (Richard) Swearingen of Eugene, Ore., and Yvonne Ferden of Mercer Island, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Thomas (Betty) Lentz of Marengo, Iowa, John (Betty) Lentz of Keokuk, Iowa, and Lester (Rose) Lentz of Omaha, Neb. She was preceded in death by one brother and three grandchildren.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro and one hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

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