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Helen Rose Seastedt, 99

| December 16, 2020 1:00 AM

Helen Rose Seastedt, age 99, of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2020, at the Schneidmiller Hospice House in Hayden, Idaho, with family by her side.

Helen was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She and her husband, Arnold Seastedt, were married for 68 years. Arnie passed away in 2018.

Helen is survived by her four daughters: Sharon Lilyquist (Craig), Karon Brown (Keith), Carol Fundanet (Dragan) and Barbara Griffith (Mike); along with grandsons, Kevin, Mel (Lisa) and Nicholas (Sarah) and great-grandchildren, Melia, Kayia, Macie and Trent.

Helen was born to William and Mary Bausch on Aug. 1, 1921, in Sibley, Iowa. She grew up and graduated from high school in Ashton, a small farm town in northwestern Iowa. After graduation she moved to Omaha, Neb., where she worked as a legal secretary and where she met Arnie.

Proceeding her in death were four older brothers, Thomas Bausch, Norbert Bausch (Jane), Paul Bausch (Mary) and Mark Bausch (Connie). Helen had many nieces and nephews and always enjoyed hearing from them. The Bausch family nicknamed her “Auntie Mac.”

Helen was a homemaker, who loved gardening and visiting with her neighbors and friends. She and Arnie made the best homemade zucchini salsa from their garden. They also enjoyed all the family traditions on the holidays, especially the lutefisk, lefse and potato sausage at Christmas.

Helen liked following politics and having lively discussions about the news. After retirement, Helen and Arnie had many memorable road trips to California, Arizona, Nebraska and Minnesota to visit with friends and relatives.

For many years, Helen and Arnie owned Pine Haven Resort, near Longville, Minn. Shortly after selling the resort, they moved to California. They lived in San Diego for 10 years and then moved to Idaho to be close to family.

She was a long-standing member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Helen and Arnie were members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

There will be a memorial service for Helen and Arnie at the Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash., at a later date.

Although Helen and Arnie will be missed by their family and friends, we will all remember the special times and moments we had with them and always cherish their memories. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Honeysuckle Senior Living and Schneidmiller Hospice House for taking such good care of our mother.

English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene is entrusted with the final arrangements. To see Helen's online memorial and to leave a message for the family, please visit