Janet “Jan” L. Helgren

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 24, 1944
Date of Death:
Monday, February 4, 2019
Age:
74 years old

Visitation

Date: Thursday February 07, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Friday February 08, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Resurrection Catholic Church [ view map ]

Memorial Mass

Date: Friday February 08, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Resurrection Catholic Church [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 24, 1944
Date of Death:
Monday, February 4, 2019
Age:
74 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 24, 1944
Date of Death:
Monday, February 4, 2019
Age:
74 years old

Janet “Jan” L. Helgren

Janet Lucille Helgren, 74, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2019 at Rochester Methodist Hospital following a battle with cancer.

Jan Hophan was born on March 24, 1944 in Plum City, WI to Ronald and Lucille (Bechel) Hophan. Following graduation from high school, she attended St. Marys School of Nursing in Rochester obtaining her LPN license. While in Rochester she met and married Norman “Norm” Helgren on August 30, 1969 in Plum City, WI. Jan worked in nursing for over 30 years. In retirement, she was very active in Elder Network, Community Food Response, and at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester. She was an avid gardener, card player, crafter, painter, and loved her family above all.

She is survived by her husband, Norm of Rochester; her children, Stephen (Susan Halla) Helgren of St. Louis, MO, Susan (Matt) Jenkins of Rochester, Marcia Helgren of Rochester; grandchildren, Meredith, Lewis, and Evan Jenkins all of Rochester, Joey and Elek Borrelli of St. Louis, MO; her sisters, Sr. Ronalda Hophan of LaCrosse, WI, Joan (Mike) Steffens of Owatonna, MN, and Kathy (Tom) Cesa of El Cerrito, CA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Sr. Karen Hophan.

The memorial Mass for Jan will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester (1600 11th Ave SE Rochester, MN 55904) with Rev. Shawn Haremza officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday.

Memorials are suggested to Community Food Response or Elder Network.

Condolences

The family of Janet “Jan” L. Helgren has received the following condolences.

So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. We have gotten to know her from the Church of the Resurrection. Always smiling & always friendly. She will be missed by many. Our heartfelt condolences to her family.

Sue,


I had planned on coming to the visitation last evening but with the weather being what it was I decided to stay put.  I just want you to know you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. 


Cindy Lien

i worked with Jan at Community Food Response. We were liaisons for our churches. She always had a welcoming smile for me when I walked in and we shared many laughs together. I will miss her dearly. 

Dear Helgren Family,  I first met Jan when I joined the music ministry at Resurrection almost 20 years ago.  She was very welcoming and we sang together many times.  She will be missed.  PS, my husband loved her rhubarb pie that she would make for the church bazaar.


Rest in peace, Jan.


Barbara Tauzell


 

Condolences to all the Helgrens, Jenkins, Hophans, Steffens, and Cesas from the Lemings in St. Louis.  We didn't know her, but knew of her and are sorry for your loss.

To Jan’s Family:


So sorry to hear of Jan passing on to her heavenly home, but the Lord has taken away her suffering, she will truly be missed.  I will always remember her for making us feel so welcome to Resurrection Church, always a smile.


Mary Jane Theobald

Norm and family,  I am so very sorry for your loss.  

To Norm and Jan’s family,


I knew Jan from working at the Church. She was a woman of great faith. She was my “go to” person if I needed anything done.


I will forever remember her beautiful smile that always brightened my day, and every time I eat raspberries I will think of her (I helped pick raspberries).


When I heard of her passing I thought of the words from scripture “well done, good and  faithful servant”. Well done Jan, you completed the race and the prize of heaven awaits you...go in peace.


You will all be in my prayers.

My deepest sympathy to all your family as you walk this journey of grief and loss.  May your memories of Janet be rich and fill you with comfort and peace. 

I worked with Jan at Samaritan Home Care.   She was a great nurse very caring and a wonderful person.  My sympathy to all her family.

Dear Norm and family:  I will miss seeing Jan's beautiful face at Mass and at other church events.  She was always kind to me and my family.  I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.  


My mother died of cancer at approximately the same age as Jan last year, also of cancer.  Cancer is so mean, taking the people we love before we are ready to see them go.


God bless--


Denise and Jeff Koster, Jason, Jacob, and Janet

To the Helgren Family,


On behalf of all Jan's friends and "family" at Elder Network, we will greatly miss Jan, her positive attitude and her compassion for the people around her.  She was a true gift to all of those who knew her.  Thank you for sharing her with us and with the community.  May beautiful memories fill your hearts during these sad times. 


Peace,


Laurie and everyone at Elder Network