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Eva Helbling

January 24, 1926 ~ May 24, 2020 (age 94)


Eva Helbling, 94, of St. Anthony, ND, passed away on May 24, 2020 at Miller Pointe in Mandan, ND.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Eva Hoffman was born on January 24, 1926 to Peter and Kathryn (Wetsch) Hoffman. Growing up on a farm near St. Anthony, she attended St. Anthony Catholic School through 8th grade. Her family later moved to Mandan, where she worked at the Red Owl lunch counter as a waitress.

Eva married Frank Helbling on October 14, 1946 in St. Anthony. The couple farmed in the area and purchased the Helbling Homestead in the early 1960s. In addition, Eva worked as the postmaster at the St. Anthony Post Office for 30 years before retiring in 1991. During this time, Frank and Eva raised seven children:  Ronald, Susan, Wayne, Richard, Patricia, John and Pamela.

Outside of work, Eva enjoyed cooking and baking traditional German food, vegetable and flower gardening, as well as doing craft work and crocheting. She was a longtime member of Women of the Moose and enjoyed participating in club activities. It also never took much persuasion for Eva to drop everything and go fishing. After retirement, she and Frank took the opportunity to travel. Some of their highlights included driving the Alaskan Highway and a trip to Central Europe with their son, Ron and his late wife, Deb.

Eva is survived by her children, Ron (Jean Peyton), Las Vegas, NV, Sue Butler, Bismarck, ND, Wayne (Carol Miller), El Paso, TX, Dick (Denise Hansen), Mandan, ND, Pat (Chuck) Geiger of St. Anthony, John, of St. Anthony, ND, and Pam (Richard Spoon), El Paso, TX. Eva also leaves behind eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Mary Bullinger and Frances Monzelowsky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; daughter-in-law, Deborah Helbling; grandson, Todd Helbling; brother, John Hoffman; and sister Rose Seerup.

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