She was born to Gottfrid J. Anderson and Frida Westman Anderson on December 4, 1913, in Rock Creek Twp., Pine County, Minn. She was the second of four children: Ruth (Ben) DeBoer, Lorraine (Royce) Miller, and Clarence (Bernice) Anderson, all who preceded her in death except her sister-in—law, Bernice.
She attended Rock Creek Elementary School and graduated at age 17 from Pine City High School. She also attended one year at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn. She accepted the Lord as her Savior as a teenager, and was a member of the East Rock Creek Baptist Church, and married Seth “AlIan” Oberg on April 15, 1933 and lived on her mother’s farm home for several years.
Their first daughter, Carol (Mrs. Wallace Tramm) was born here. They moved into Rush City where their second daughter, Rosann (Mrs. Dan Bostrom) and the son, David were born.
They moved to Isle in 1946, where Oberg’s Trucking continued to be a busy time. At first hauling cattle and later Bulk Milk to the Isle Creamery, giving Helen the very busy job of bookkeeper. Helen also worked at the Garment Factory in Onamia as a seamstress for several years and was a very busy in-home seamstress for many people.
She wove rugs on her mother’s loom, (now inherited by grandson, Ross and Pam Tramm), knit many baby blankets, crocheted many beautiful, delicate doilies, fixed ladies hair (before our town beauty shops), was a great cook and baker. She made the most wonderful Swedish Rye Bread, for which grandson, Roger Tramm, was able to make it very well known and loved when he owned and was the Isle Bakery “Baker” for 18 years.
Upon moving to Isle they joined the Isle Baptist Church and were both very involved. They sang together with their guitars, Helen directed the choir and also played piano. Her favorite was singing trios with daughters, Carol and Rosann and many groups. Helen enjoyed her 98th birthday just celebrated on Sunday, December 4, 2011 with a big party at the nursing home with family and residents sharing together.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, Seth “AlIan” Oberg” (August, 1978), son, David Allan Oberg (March, 2009), and daughter, Rosann “Rosie” Bostrom (April, 2009).
Helen is survived by daughter, Carol (Wallace) Tramm, 7 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law Bernice (Clarence) Anderson, Clara Oberg (Jack) White, Nona Wilkes (Lawrence) Oberg, (Ernie) Baker. Many, many nieces and nephews, wonderful friends and families, all the loving care-givers at the nursing home and her sweet roommate, Lillian Nickolay. God Bless You All!
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Isle Baptist Church with Pastors Nick Skogen and David Bostrom officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Mille Lacs Lake Funeral Home in Isle as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Music is being provided by Katie Thompson, Helen’s grandsons, great-grandsons and son-in-laws and D.B. Johnson.
Casketbearers are Corey Tramm, Seth Tramm, Tyler Tramm, Derek Schultz, Dain Schultz, Jonathan Tramm, Grant Bostrom, Luke Bostrom, Seth Bostrom, Sam Bostrom, Jonathan Bostrom and Michael Bostrom.
Burial will be at Sunset Cemetery in Isle.
Arrangements by Mille Lacs Lake Funeral Home.