Lena Vetsch, 90, of Harvey, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the St. Aloisius Hospital, Harvey. Funeral services will be held at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Selz on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held at the Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Prayer services will be held at the funeral home at 7 p.m. today. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Lena was born on Feb. 15, 1922, near Esmond, N.D. She was the daughter of Lorenz and Elizabeth (Voeller) Heilman. Lena grew up and attended a country school near Esmond. As a young woman she worked for area families.
She married Steven Vetsch on Nov. 16, 1943, in Esmond. They lived north of Selz, where Lena took an active role with the family farm. Steven died on Aug. 14, 2001.
Lena was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and its altar society. Lena cleaned the St. Anthony's Catholic Church for many years. She was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Christian Mothers, and the Harvey Senior Citizens. Lena was an avid supporter of the Benedictine Mission for more than fifty years. Lena enjoyed gardening, embroidering, listening to music, cooking, baking, and canning fruits and vegetables from her garden. Lena also enjoyed having coffee with her friends and family.
Lena is survived by: her son, Richard (Cyrilla) Vetsch, of Townsend, Mont.; daughters, Sallie (Ed) Volk, of Minot, Evie (Lane Quandt) Keller, of Montana, Betty Vetsch, of Bismarck, Karen Vetsch, of Tioga, N.D.; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Dosch, of Selz, Lillian Kraft, of Fargo, Viola Heilman, of California, Anna Rose West, of Puyallup, Wash., Lorraine Klatte, of Minnesota, Eleanor Ehni, Fessenden, and Margie Teeters, Saint Regis, Mont.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Steven; brothers, Henry, Lawrence, Edwin; and sisters, Isabelle Vetsch, Irene Beedy, Angela Held and Arlene Selzler.