Helen E. Landa, 95
Helen E. Landa, 95, of Glenwood, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Glacial
Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at
St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, rural Lowry, with Fr. James Statz
officiating. Visitation will be at the church, one hour prior to the
service. Interment will be in St. John Nepomuk
Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of
Helen Elizabeth Dynda, the daughter of John and Barbara (Koubsky) Dynda, was
born on June 2, 1921, in Lake Mary Township, Douglas County. She grew up on
the family farm and attended District 13 County School in Lake Mary through
the eighth grade.
Helen married Lawrence Landa on Oct. 2, 1939, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic
Church in rural Lowry. Their marriage was blessed with three children,
Allen, Barbara and Judith. They farmed on the Landa family farm in Reno
Township until they retired in 1980 and moved to Lowry.
On the farm Helen always kept a large vegetable garden including
strawberries and raspberries, along with an apple orchard. She also raised
ducks and chickens, which she “dressed out” and sold. She always did a lot
of baking, cooking and canned the produce from the gardens. Apple pies and
kolaches were two of her specialties. When the children were in 4-H, Helen
volunteered and helped with the
4-H group. She was also involved in the St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in
the Ladies Guild, mission circles, choir and a reader at Sunday mass. After
retiring from farming, Helen worked in Glenwood at the hospital as a cook.
In Lowry she was involved with the Lowry Homemakers, Lowry Mission Circle
(she sewed many, many children’s outfits each winter), Senior Citizens
Group, Craft Ladies and she served in Glenwood as a Reader for the Senior
Group. She was honored to be named the 2008 Lowry Lions “Citizen of the
Year” and to represent the Glenwood Village Care Center as royalty in the
Waterama Grande Day Parade.
Helen is survived by her three children and their spouses, Allen (Janis)
Landa of Sioux Falls, S.D., Barbara (Kenny) Denhardt of Eden Prairie and
Judith (Denny) Sager of Bloomington; seven grandchildren, Todd (Jean) Landa,
Wade, Bailey and Megan Landa, Stephanie O’Keefe, Carrie (Ryan) Clark and
Jodi Sager; four great-grandchildren, Svea Landa, Taylor, Katie and Ashley
Clark; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence in 2006; two
sisters, Lillian Brezina and Mayme Engelbrecht; and a grandson-in-law,
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