Helen M. Kalinoski, 91

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Thief River Falls – Helen Margaret Kalinoski passed away peacefully January 26, 2017, at the age of 91, after a brief illness at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with her family at her side.
    Mass of Christian Burial  was held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, with Father Lou Buiton officiating. Interment was at St. Aloysius Church Cemetery in Leo.
    Helen, the daughter of the late Harry and Angela (Pawlisak) Kulchyski, was born on Oct. 23, 1925, in Woodmore, Manitoba, Canada.  She attended a one room school house and completed high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
    Following graduation  in 1943, she was employed in Winnipeg.  It was at this time she was persuaded to attend teachers training to get her certificate to teach as there was a teacher shortage during wartime.  She taught in a one room school in rural Dauphin, Manitoba, for two years. 
    Helen was united in marriage to Clem Kalinoski on Oct. 26, 1948 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leo.  They farmed and raised their family in Polonia Twp. in the Leo community.  She was active in church activities, serving on parish council and president and secretary of the Holy Rosary Society for many years.  She was currently a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush. 
    Helen was a very active member for over sixty years in the American Legion Auxiliary serving in many leadership positions.  Following her husband’s death in 2000, Helen continued to live on the farm till 2015 and them became a resident of Valley Home Assisted Living in Thief River Falls.  She had a wide variety of interest in her life as well as enjoying nature’s beauty. 
    Helen baked and decorated cakes for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions.  She enjoyed card playing, gardening, and scrapbooking and had one for each of her grandchildren.  She and Clem made a trip to the Holy Land and Rome in 1975 and in 2013 Helen made a trip to Poland.  She was very proud of her Polish heritage and could speak Polish very fluently.
    She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen (Harry) Sierota, of Scottsdale, AZ;  son: Greg (Barb), of Thief River Falls, David (Peggy), Michigan, ND, and Wayne, of Stephen;  brother: Ed (Margaret), of St. Malo, Manitoba;  grandchildren: Jessie Kalinoski, Cory Kalinoski, Ryan Wagner, Rachel (Cody) Metcalf, Ryan Kalinoski, Stacia Kalinoski, Sara Kalinoski, Michael Kalinoski, MD, Thomas Kalinoski, MD, and great-grandson: Jaxon Kalinoski. 
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister: Victoria.
    In lieu of flowers, Helen’s family prefers memorials to  the St. Aloysius Church Cemetery fund. Arrangements with Collins Funeral Homes of Greenbush, Karlstad & Middle River. Online guest book is available at www.collinsfunerals.com