Helen Gladys (Berg) Manns, Bismarck, went to meet her Heavenly father, and her parents, brothers and sisters on Nov. 6, 2018. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Jamestown. A memorial service will be held at a later date in July 2019.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown.
Helen (Berg) Manns was born June 13, 1916, on the Wells/Sperger farm in Barnes County, the daughter of Gilbert C. and Helga (Brox) Berg.
Helen was baptized in the Montpelier Lutheran Church, and was confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Litchville. She started grade school in Montpelier and attended other rural schools throughout North Dakota. She stayed with her sister, Alice and Ted Wheeler, while attending Marion High School and played on the girls' basketball team, where she earned the silver track shoe and a silver basketball. She graduated as salutatorian in 1934. She then worked in Fargo for a year working for the owners of Levits Furniture Store, cleaning and ironing with a Mangle Iron. While in Fargo, she stayed with Martin and Tesse Stiedel helping out and babysitting. While living at the Terrace in Bismarck, while she was going blind and without the sheet music for the old songs, she still loved singing with the residents’ choir.
She married Albert H. (Bert) Manns Nov. 30, 1935, in Valley City, at the home of the Methodist Minister. Her sister, Ann Hunt, and her husband, Ralph, stood up for them. To this union, they raised seven children. They lived with his mother for a while. In the summer of 1938, they moved to Climax, Minn. In the fall, they moved back to North Dakota living on the Shippley farm across the road from his mother.
In 1943, when his mother moved to Montpelier, they moved onto his parent’s homestead where they raised Herford cattle, Appaloosa horses and Tamworth hogs along with grain farming. She always raised a large garden, canning vegetables and fruit. Teaching her children to do the same. She helped with the farming and animals. She taught the girls to sew their own clothing, on a foot-operated Treadle sewing machine.
Helen loved to do crossword puzzles, word search, read and write poetry. All of Helen’s children remember how she would read scripture to them in the dim light off a kerosene lamp every night and close our day with a prayer for everyone. She was the total biblical fulfillment of a perfect wife and mother. Like those who wrote the laws of our nation, One Nation under God, she always taught us that you never criticize anyone for their color, religion, beliefs etc. She always stressed, love, forgiveness and be kind to everyone. After her own children were grown and moved away she enjoyed babysitting for two of the Montpelier school teachers. She loved having her own grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren come to visit.
She was Manns County treasurer for 14 years. She was a member of the Montpelier Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was ordained to the office of Ruling Elder in the Montpelier Presbyterian Church March 18, 1956. She enjoyed quilting with the Women’s Circle at the Montpelier Lutheran Church.
After Bert passed away Jan. 8, 2000, Helen stayed on the farm until she fell and broke her ankle in July of 2007. Since then she has lived at High Acres Manor in Jamestown. The Terrace in Bismarck and after going legally blind she was moved to Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
She has done some traveling to visit her children in Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Alaska. She loved to fly in small and large planes and pan for gold in the cold, Alaska water where she would sit in her seated walker, with her rubber knee high boots on for hours as long as someone brought her buckets of gravel & sand for her to run through the sluice (trough) box.
Helen will be deeply missed by her son, Mick (Cec) Manns; daughter-in-law, Peg (Tom) Manns; daughters, Virginia (Dale) Monson, Eileen (Larry) Beasley, Joyce (Bill) Stevenson, and Connie (Barry) McCormack; Bert’s sister and brother-in-law, Ethel (Bill) Maulding; 31 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dear friend and high school classmate, Mimm (Meriam Manbeck) Trapp. They think they were the only two living classmates left from the Marion High School class of 1934.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Helga Berg; her mother-in-law, Olive (Albert III) Manns; husband, Bert Manns; son, Thomas; daughter, Myrle Manns; great-granddaughter, Nicole Brothers; sisters, Bertha (Len) Boyer, Alice (Ted) Wheeler, and Ann (Ralph) Hunt; brothers, Leonard (Julia) Berg, Albert “Ick” (Lorraine) Berg, Elmer “Bud” (Ruby) Berg, Cliff (Marion) Berg, and Fred Berg; Bert’s sisters, Lillian (Joe) Schafer, Frances (Lee) Hunt and Alpha (Jim) Delair.
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Arrangements made by Eddy Funeral Home.