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Published September 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Helen (Brandsted) Fitzpatrick

Helen Eilene Fitzpatrick, 89, passed away on September 18, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born in 1924 in Miller SD to Charles “Pard” and Lucretia (Monroe) Brandsted. They moved to the Red River Valley of North Dakota in 1934 to farm. Helen went to a one-room country school and Amenia High School. She graduated in Home Economics from North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) in Fargo then taught in Tower City after her marriage to Edward Leach in 1947. They had 4 children; Barbara Lea, of Kansas City, James Leach of Manteca, California, Douglas Leach of San Ramon California and Michael Leach of Couer d’Alene Idaho.

Helen (Brandsted) Fitzpatrick

Helen Eilene Fitzpatrick, 89, passed away on September 18, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born in 1924 in Miller SD to Charles “Pard” and Lucretia (Monroe) Brandsted. They moved to the Red River Valley of North Dakota in 1934 to farm. Helen went to a one-room country school and Amenia High School. She graduated in Home Economics from North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) in Fargo then taught in Tower City after her marriage to Edward Leach in 1947. They had 4 children; Barbara Lea, of Kansas City, James Leach of Manteca, California, Douglas Leach of San Ramon California and Michael Leach of Couer d’Alene Idaho.

The family moved to Hayward California in 1960 where she was a substitute teacher. She had many friends through the Wesley Methodist Church. She was divorced from Ed Leach in 1972 and married Jack Fitzpatrick in 1979. They lived in Santa Rosa California where she enjoyed her church and many volunteer activities.

She was a life-long music lover who played the piano and sang. She knew the lyrics to hundreds of songs. She enjoyed dancing into her 80’s.

Suffering from early Alzheimer’s, she moved to Kansas City in 2009 to be closer to her daughter.

Helen was preceded in death by her husbands, parents and brothers Cecil and Ernest Brandsted. She is survived by her four children, their spouses (Sharon, Debbie and Renee Leach and Linda Wilson); four grandchildren; Charles Mattoch, Virginia Propst, Marc, Andrew and Victoria Leach as well as two great-granddaughters, Marin Propst and Ella Leach.

A service in her memory will be held on Thursday, October 24th at 7pm at the Arthur Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to the Arthur Cemetery Fund in care of Kerm Nedrebo, PO Box 201, Arthur, ND 59006 or the Arthur Methodist Church, Arthur, North Dakota 58006.

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