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Edith F. Hellman


Edith Florence Hellman, 83, of Fargo, ND, departed this world on August, 22, 2022 while surrounded by her loving husband and her eight children. Edith (Edie) was born December 1, 1938 near Fallon, ND to Valentine and Elizabeth (Jantzer) Schafer. She attended the local school before the family moved to Mandan where she graduated from Mandan High School in 1957.

Edie married James Hellman in 1959 and they began their family journey in Mandan by living there until 1987. After a brief time in Minot, Edie and Jim moved to West Fargo-Fargo where they have remained for over thirty years. Edie was a tremendous cook and loved to play pinochle. But nothing gave her greater joy than her family—husband, children and their spouses, grandchildren and their spouses, and great-grandchildren. As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Edie knew every birthday and anniversary in the lives of those she loved.

Edie is survived by her husband, Jim, to whom she was devoted for 63 years; her children: Wesley Hellman and Kym Staples, Bismarck, ND; Rebecca and Roger Tangen, West Fargo, ND; Gregory and Lori Hellman, Thornton, IA; Sandra and Jeff Swallow, Mandan, ND; Bradley and Cheryl Hellman, Mandan, ND; Randy and Pam Hellman, Maple Grove, MN; Deanna Faller, West Fargo, ND; Bonita and Trent Green, Overland Park, KS; twenty-eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren, and dozens of nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her sister Josephine (Matt) Erhardt, stepbrothers David Wetsch, Jim (Jean) Wetsch, and George (Jan) Wetsch, and brothers-in-law Jerald, Ted and Donald (Cheryl) Hellman.

Edie was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law John and Mary (Paul) Hellman, her sisters Johanna Olson and Pauline (Art) Hellman, her brother, Raymond Schafer, her stepmother Veronica (Wetsch) Schafer, her son-in-law Shawn Faller, two grandsons, Michael and Jared, sister-in-law Claudia (Don) Heinle, and brothers-in-law Roger and Frederick Hellman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Edie’s honor may be made to The Wedges Fore Welders Foundation (c/o Deanna Faller, 414 6th Street W, West Fargo, ND 58078). Visitation: Thursday, August 25, 2022, from 5-7 p.m., followed by a prayer vigil at 7 p.m., in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo. Service: Friday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment: Mandan Union Cemetery – Mandan, North Dakota. West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center westfuneralhome.com

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