Helaine Victoria Shaffer, age 71, of rural El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away May 19, 2013, at Community Springs Healthcare. She was born June 1, 1941, to Benjamin and Florence (Larson) Lystrom in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
While in Minnesota Helaine attended District 72 country school, Battle Lake High School, and then graduated from Garden Grove High School in California.
On February 20, 1959, she married Wesley Jay Shaffer and to this union three children were born: Charlotte, Anita and Charles.
While living in California Helaine was the owner/operator of two businesses, worked as an Amway Direct Distributor and for a period of time was a dental assistant. After selling their business in California they moved back to Minnesota and bought a farm near where Helaine grew up. While there she helped operate a registered dairy, managed a multi-faceted business in Ashby, MN, sold real estate in Ashby, and later went back to the farm where she helped raise 35,000 pheasants. Before moving to their farm in rural Cedar County, Missouri, in 2011, Wes and Helaine owned and operated a cattle farm and dog kennel in SE Oklahoma for a few years. She remained very active on the farm until her health failed.
While in Minnesota, Helaine was active in the Grue Lutheran Church, serving at various times as a clerk, accountant and Sunday School teacher.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a grandson Justin Woldahl.
Survivors include: her husband Wes of the home; three children: Charlotte Woldahl and husband Gene of Ashby, MN; Anita Hoeper and husband Kevin of Blue Grass, MN; and Charles Shaffer and wife Michelle of Orange County, CA; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother.
Memorial services for Helaine Shaffer will be held at a later date in Fergus Falls, MN. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.