Helen Estes, 86, of Battle Lake, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020, at her home, due to complications from Alzheimer’s and Covid-19.
Helen LeDonna Estes was born April 4, 1934 to Albin and Myrtle (Peterson) Pederson in Battle Lake. She graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1952 and the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis in 1953. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Trinity Lutheran Church. She married Les Estes September 20, 1958. She worked in banking for over 50 years having worked at First National in Battle Lake, Henning, and Ottertail. She started working at First National Bank of Battle Lake January 2nd, 1954 working there until 1982 when it joined the bank of Henning and Ottertail. She continued to work at all 3 banks. Les and Helen started at Glendalough in 1965. They continued to live and work there for almost 30 years until it became a state park. Helen was a member of First Lutheran Church, Glendalough Park Partners, American Legion Auxiliary, Red Hats, and WOWS. Helen loved her work. She thoroughly enjoyed caring for the guests at Glendalough and had so very many friends. Her family was important to her. Including her dog Snickers. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and rabbits in her backyard.
Survivors include children Teresa (Steve) Bauer of Flower Mound, TX, Robert (Matthew) Estes of Saint Louis Park, MN, Chris Estes of Ellendale, ND, and Tracy (Kent) Kortlever of Battle Lake, MN; 7 grandchildren: Stephanie, Charles, and Elizabeth Bauer; Kodiak Estes; Tyler, Tanner, and Tessa Kortlever; 5 great-grandchildren Robbie, Lyrik, Leslie, Theodore and Lillian Rose.
Preceding her in death were her husband Leslie, her parents, and brother James Chester.
Visitation: Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake.
Private Funeral service: 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake.
Cemetery: First Lutheran Cemetery, Battle Lake, Minnesota
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Glendalough Park Partners or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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