HELEN S. SELLNER

Helen

     Helen S. (Mrs. Arthur) Sellner, age 93, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at her home.
     Funeral services will be held at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault, on Monday, October 12, 2009 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend David Brown officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.
     Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Sunday, October 11th from 2 to 5 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.
     Helen S. (Ring) Sellner was born January 31, 1916 in Medford to John and Edith (Hoover) Ring. When she was five, her family moved to Faribault. She was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church and became an active member. Her education began at Lincoln Elementary School and she graduated from Faribault High School with the class of 1933. She continued her education at Mankato State College, University of Minnesota and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
      On July 5, 1940 she married Donald F. Wallace who died in 1967. In 1974 she married Arthur M. Sellner who died in 1995. She had one daughter, Estelle Kay (Wallace) Vollmers.
      She became an elementary teacher and began her career in the rural schools of Rice County. During World War II she taught in Norfolk and Newport News, VA. Returning to Faribault, she taught and retired from Lincoln Elementary School after 23 years. A conservation unit taught by Helen in 1967 resulted in her Lincoln fifth graders spearheading the acquisition and naming of Shager Memorial Park on Cannon Lake. Her interest in children and the outdoors led her to become a director of the MISCCA day camp for 42 handicapped children one summer.
Mrs. Sellner is a life member of the National Education Association, a member of the Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for outstanding women educators. She held several offices in this organization, including president of the chapter.
     Since her retirement, she has been busy with her flower gardens, making quilts for her grandchildren and designing her own correspondence cards.
     She is survived by her son in law, Mark Vollmers and family of Milwaukee, WI; her step daughter, Carol (and Morris) Anderson and family of Faribault; a step son, Steven (and Stephanie) Sellner of Honolulu, HI; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and many close friends and relatives. She is also survived by sisters, Margaret Puffer of Faribault, Hazel Voss of St. Charles, Jean Puffer of Spencer, IA, a sister in law, Verna Ring of Garland, TX; two brothers, John (and Loretta) Ring of St. Paul and James (and Maren) Ring of Albert Lea; and a sister in law, Marge Ring of Faribault.
     She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Arthur M. Sellner and Donald F. Wallace; her daughter, Estelle Kay Vollmers, a step son, Bruce Sellner; her sisters, Marian Gangloff, Florence Lawson and Dorothy Voge; and her brothers, Orville and Avison Ring.
     In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be given to Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Trinity Radio Club, the Salvation Army or the donorís choice.


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Pam Heiden
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Thursday December 10, 2009

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I was just looking for Harold Boldt's funeral arrangements and saw that "Auntie Helen" had passed away. I got to know Helen when my daughter Teresa was in girl's scout and Helen would have the girls to her house each year and teach them a craft/flower arrangement something. She was always so wonderful to all. I helped Helen a year or so ago get from her car to DOH and said told me I was the angel that she had been praying for. I am not an angel she was she brightened my day that day. God's Blessings, Sincerely, Pam Heiden

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Liz Sears McGrory
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Monday November 02, 2009

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I loved Mrs. Wallace!! I was reading another obituary and found hers and felt so bad that I didn't know until now. I had her for 5th grade at Lincoln school in 1965-1966. She taught me so much, including the facts of life!! (she was the lucky teacher who had to teach all the girls about the woman deal...) She was so kind and maternal. Yet she took her teaching very seriously and did such a great job. I remember all the work we did to make the classroom look like Indians and Pilgrims were actually going to school at Lincoln, using life sized dummies that we made. I remember one time in gym class that she told us that we should keep doing situps or we would have to wear a girdle like she had to wear. I got to see her after Mr. Wallace died and I got to see her after she married Mr. Sellner and teased her that she should get me some free passes to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl. I am sorry for your loss but I want you to know I will NEVER forget her or how she always made me feel. She had a great smile and a good sense of humor. May God bless you.

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Sherri Karl Carter (Miller)
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Tuesday October 20, 2009

Memories

I was in Ms. Sellner's 5th grade readling class at Lincoln school in the mid 70's. She had a large poster on her classroom door that said...."Welcome to my world, won't you come on in...Miracles I know, happen now and then......The possibilities expressed in those few stanzas has stuck with me all of these years. Ms. Sellner taught possibilities disguised as reading.

Name:
Sherri Karl Carter (Miller)
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sherricarter@hughes.net
Date:
Tuesday October 20, 2009

Memories

I was in Ms. Sellner's 5th grade readling class at Lincoln school in the mid 70's. She had a large poster on her classroom door that said...."Welcome to my world, won't you come on in...Miracles I know, happen now and then......The possibilities expressed in those few stanzas has stuck with me all of these years. Ms. Sellner taught possibilities disguised as reading.

Name:
Janet (Voge) De Moss
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davesflyfish@gmail.com
Date:
Saturday October 10, 2009

Memories

I remember Auntie Helen's teaching me to be proud of myself; telling me, that with a little help (coaching), that I could sing better. She always showed me that she cared, even when I didn't agree with her thoughts. She taught me to like Strawberries, again. Auntie Helen had a way with her that made her a good teacher and Mom. I will miss that. Auntie Helen always remembered my birthday with a card and letter. I'm sure she remembered everyone's birthdays. She had asked me why God took Kay early. She also figured that God had a reason. If Helen didn't find out before she passed, maybe, she'll find out now. She will be greatly missed. Love you, Auntie Helen.