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Nicholas J. Heltemes – Obituary

Name: Nicholas J. Heltemes

Age: 81

Born: 11-05-1936

Died: 11-17-2017

Heritage Hall, St. Joseph, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Nicholas J. Heltemes, age 81, of St. Joseph. Nick passed away peacefully on November 17 with family near. Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls with full military honors.


Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21 (TODAY) and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, both at the Heritage Hall at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Parish Prayers will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Heritage Hall.

Nick was born November 5, 1936 in St. Cloud to Nicholas and Rose (Heim) Heltemes. He served in the U.S. Air Force and made a career at the Minnesota Department of Corrections in St. Cloud as an accountant until retirement. He married Barbara Petron on August 10, 1959 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. He was a life member of the VFW Granite Post 428 and Waite Park American Legion Post 428 as well as a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Nick will be forever remembered by his wife of 58 years and best friend Barb, his children Shari (Jamie) Harris of Colorado, Sue (Greg) Frank of Rice, Mark (Marc Slavin) Heltemes of California and Nicole (Tim) Vayder of Wisconsin. Nick will also be fondly remembered by six grandchildren Jordan (Kaila), Kendra (Mike), Mike, Morgen, Luke and Logan, as well as his great grandchild Camille. Nick will be sadly missed by his siblings Gene (Jeannie) of North Oaks, MN and Don (Darlene) Coon Rapids, MN.

Preceding Nick in death were his parents, sister Dolores Engebretson and brother Father Alfred Heltemes.

Guestbook for Nicholas J. Heltemes

Amy Petersen family
, Friend of Nicole and family
November 22, 2017, 2:58 am
Sincere condolences to the whole family during this time. May you hold tight to fond memories and the joy that we trust in eternity in heaven where there is no sadness or sickness. Our thoughts are with you all.
, friend
November 21, 2017, 12:49 pm
Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of grief. My hope is that the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort, when he stated that "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5: 28, 29). We can also take comfort in God's personal promise to "wipe out every tear" and that soon, even "death will be no more" (Revelation 21: 4).
Abel Jr. and Mara Ochoa
, niece
November 21, 2017, 12:53 am
Much love and many blessings and prayers of peace to the entire family. I am grateful to have had the moments and family memories I have with Uncle Nick. May he rest peacefully in heaven with Our Blessed Father above.

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