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Helen Habicht

Helen Habicht obituary photoHelen Habicht, age 91, of Huron, died Monday, October 4, 2010, at SunQuest Healthcare Center.  Her memorial service was at 10:00, Saturday, October 30th, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Crippen officiating.  Burial was in the Prospect Hill Cemetery at Wessington Springs.  Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church Foundation or HRMC Hospice. 

Helen Carol Habicht was born on May 3, 1919, at Wessington Springs, to Carl W. and Vesta (Aldred) Habicht.  In 1928, her family moved to Huron to open the third of the Habicht & Habicht stores in South Dakota. She completed her education in Huron, graduating in 1936.  Helen then attended Huron College, graduating in 1940.  She served on the Huron College Board of Trustees, and for many years was its secretary. 

Helen taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and served on boards and committees of the Huron Methodist Episcopal Church.  She helped form the First United Methodist Church of Huron Foundation, serving as its first president.  Helen served on the building committee for the First United Methodist Church built in south Huron in 2003-04.  She was a lay member to the annual conference from her local church.

During the polio epidemics in Huron in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, she was active with volunteer work, including helping Helen Buchanan establish Cerebral Palsy activity in Huron and at the state level.  The establishment of the Helen Buchanan wing at Huron’s Buchanan Elementary School was a direct result of these efforts.

In 1954, Helen became a member of the Huron Salvation Army Advisory Board, becoming its first woman chairman, serving a second term in that capacity, and serving many years as secretary.  She was made a life member and given the Salvation Army Others Award. 

Helen belonged to AAUW, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and was a charter member of Chapter BE PEO.  Helen was a Girl Scout, a Brownie leader and started the first Senior Scout troop in Huron.  Another of her long time interests was serving on both of the concert association boards. 

Active in the Huron Federal Business and Professional Women’s Club for many years, she was honored by them with its 1971 Woman of the Year Award.  She was also awarded the Modern Woodmen Certificate of Recognition and the YWCA Christian Citizen and Leadership Award as well as the Altrusa Community Award.

Another life-long interest for Helen was overseas travel.  She visited many unusual and interesting places including the Amazon River, and Mongolia.  She brought interesting and rare hand-made dolls and other items back from these travels. 

Children were her great love, especially her niece, nephew, and her great-niece and great-nephew.  Helen’s hobbies and interests besides travel were collecting, enjoying her friends, reading, and food.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Aldred in infancy, and her sister, Mary Ethelyn Gustafson.

Grateful for having shared her life are her nephew, Carl V. Gustafson of Baltic; her niece, Mary Helen (Steve) Flanery of Rapid City; her great-niece and great-nephew, Mary Elizabeth (Flanery) Munoz and Stewart Flanery, both of Rapid City; and her special friend, Peggy Gibson of Huron.

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