Helen Ann Breen was born on April 22, 1924 in Duluth, Minnesota to Paul and Rose Mosiniak Tarnowski. She grew up in rural Duluth and graduated from Central High School. Helen then attended St. Scholastica College and received a degree in Nursing Education. Following college Helen worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. In 1949 she moved to Minneapolis, MN, and worked at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. Helen later worked as a supervisor of nurses at Park-Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park, MN. On January 21, 1956 she and Joe Breen were married in Duluth. Following their marriage they farmed on the Breen family farm in Fulda. Helen worked at the Worthington Specialty Clinic in Worthington, MN as a supervisor of nurses until her retirement in 1983. Joe passed away on April 17, 2001. Helen remained on the farm until July 2006 when she moved to Maple view Estates in Fulda. Due to failing health Helen moved the Our House Hospice Home in Slayton and passed away there on November 16, 2006 at the age of 82. She was a member of St. Gabriel’s Church in Fulda and served on the church council. She also was active in the W.C.C.W., Altar Society, and bible study. Helen was a charter member of the Pink Ladies and active with the Fulda Reading Club, Heritage Society, Murray County Extension Club, National Nurses Assn., Fulda Fine Arts, and served on New Dawn Board. Helen also was a member of bridge clubs and Fulda Country Club. Helen enjoyed painting, poetry, traveling and gardening.
Survivors include one sister, Vickie Hennum of Duluth, MN and one brother, Paul and his wife, Hope Tarnowski of Shoreview, MN, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and a host of good friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Joe, three brothers and three sisters, Ignace, Florence, Mary, Steve, Kathryn, and Joe.
Funeral services were held at at St. Gabriel’s Church in Fulda on Monday, November 20, 2006 at 10:30 AM with Fr. Bob Horihan officiating. The organist was Mary Ann Boom. The song leader was Kenny Salentiny. The pallbearers were Tom Appel, Dave Vortherms, Denny Kruger, Mark Totzke, Scott Swenson, and Joe Zieske. Interment at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery Fulda, MN.