dear mother, grandmother, and friend Helen Elizabeth Westerlund,
formerly of Pleasant Grove and American Fork, passed away
peacefully with family and friends at her side on September
Helen was born on Wren’s Nest, the Anderson family
farm, on November 29, 1918, in Centerville, South Dakota.
She attended the University of South Dakota and taught sixth
grade in a one room schoolhouse in rural Centerville.
Raymond S. Westerlund of Chicago (deceased, 1972) won her
heart and they married in California in 1944. Helen and
Ray moved to Provo in 1947 where he worked at Geneva Steel
for over 20 years as Foreman in the Roll Shop. Utah Valley
has been home to Helen for 64 years.
Helen was genuinely kind, non-judgmental, and generous.
She was a gracious homemaker who loved and enjoyed her children
and their friends and who served hundreds of her famous
apple pies to countless friends and family. She loved her
roses, gardening, and was actively involved in the Centerpoint
Church for many years, where she played the piano and organ
and still attended, for more than 60 years. Helen was a
committed Christian and the first president of the Utah
Valley Christian Women’s Club. In the mid-60s, she
and a friend started a women’s Birthday Club in which
she still participated in more than 50 years later.
Helen loved to travel and visited family in Germany and
France several times and traveled three times to her ancestral
roots in Sweden.
Helen is survived by her two children, John (Gail), Flagstaff,
AZ and Janet, Seattle, WA, and three grandchildren, Brittany
Jo Cole (deceased, 1986) and Katie, Tempe, AZ and Marty,
Flagstaff, AZ. John and Janet would like to thank Cove Point
Retirement Community for more than three years of loving
care and The Berkshire Rehabilitation.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011
at 11:00 am in the American Fork Community Presbyterian
Church, 75 North 100 East, American Fork, Utah. A viewing
will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00
pm, at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American
Fork, Utah and also on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 10:45
am prior to services at the church. Interment will be in
the American Fork City Cemetery.