Helen M. Harty, age 65

Helen M. Harty

Helen M. Harty, age 65, of Philip, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Helen M. Pankratz was born March 28, 1952, in Sioux Falls, the daughter of Harold and Charlotte (Muhmel) Pankratz. 
She grew up in Marion, and received her education, graduating from Marion High School in 1970. Helen was very active in the Turner County 4-H during her childhood years, along with lifeguarding at the municipal pool in Marion for a number of summers. 
After high school she attended South Dakota State University, and during that time she went on a road trip with her friend Kathy Husband to Milesville to stay with Kathy’s cousins, the Hartys. It was at that time she met Thomas L. Harty.
Helen and Tom were married Oct. 16, 1971, in Marion, and made their home on the ranch 24 miles north of Philip, their entire married life. To this union were born two children, Tommy and Victoria. Helen was a teacher’s aide at Cheyenne Rural School and later Plum Creek school in Haakon County. She later worked part time at First National Bank in Philip and part time at Jones’ Saddlery, Bottle & Vet. She later worked full time as a bookkeeper for First National Bank, where she has been employed for over 20 years. 
Helen enjoyed reading , cooking and everything to do with horses. 
Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Tom, of Philip; one son, Tommy Harty and his wife, Alice, of Milesville; one daughter, Victoria “Vicki” Cook, and Narcisso of New Underwood; two grandsons, Billy and Tyler Cook; one sister, Rosemary Christenson and her husband, Jim, of Katy, Texas; a sister-in-law, Linda Pankratz, of Marion; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Bill Pankratz.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 4, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant and Deacon Lloyd Frein as con-celebrant.
Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Shelby Schofield, cantor. Eucharistic ministers were Lester and JoAnn Pearson. Lector was Rita O’Connell. Ushers were Gene Deuchar and Rick Palecek. Pallbearers were Steve Pekron, Ron Millage, Jeff Staben, Mike Gebes, Bill Kelly and Sid Fairbanks.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

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