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Helen Guist

May 1, 1935 — April 27, 2019

Helen Mae (Peterson) Guist

Helen Mae (Peterson) Guist left us on Saturday, April 27, 2019, just days before her 84th birthday, to be with family she has missed for so long. Peacefully with both hands being held.

Helen Mae Guist was born May 1st, 1935 in Duluth, Minnesota. Residing in Lakeside, graduating from Duluth Central High School and worked in the clerical field until her marriage to Fred R. Guist Sr.

Her dedication was to be a wife and mother to her husband and children, Fred Jr. and Mary from that point on.

Helen had a green thumb and took pride in her amazing garden in Eveleth, Minnesota year after year. Her passion for camping and fishing took the family on adventures across the entire country and every weekend trips in Northern Minnesota.

Following Fred’s retirement from Mintac in 1992, Helen and Fred built a home on the same lot Helen grew up on. Spending winters R.V.’ing in Arizona until his passing in 1998.

Soon after, she met her best friend John Isaacson whom was by her side until the last day.

As her health became more of an issue, she found friends and fun visiting nearby casino’s. Always putting her winnings in a separate pocket so it seemed she was ahead!

The loves of her life were her granddaughters, Sarah and Nicole, and her great-granddaughters, Ana and Avia. Along with her fur baby, Gabby, adopted from Animal Allies. A woman who never had pets found instant love when Nicole dropped by with Lucy, an elderly cat who passed too soon. Helen’s heart was refilled by Gabby who laid with her continuously those final days.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Helen (Deetz) Peterson, loving husband Fred R. Guist Sr., son Fred R. Guist Jr., daughter-in-law Irene (Ellis) Guist, grandchildren Tina and Raymond Guist, and great-grandson Alex DeMeo.

Helen is survived by her best friend, companion, and caretaker John Isaacson (Duluth), daughter Mary Guist (Duluth), granddaughters Nicole Facciotto (Duluth) and Sarah (Michael) DeMeo (Duluth), great granddaughters Ana and Avia DeMeo (Duluth), daughter-in-law Patty Olbert Guist (Duluth) as well as numerous cousins.

A loving thank you to St. Luke’s Home Hospice, especially Tina, Brittney, and Becky for making it possible for Helen to remain in her home with her family.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2nd. from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm followed by a celebration of Helen’s life from 12:30pm to 1:00pm at Dougherty Funeral Home in Duluth, Minnesota.

Memorials can be made to Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth.

Never let a day go by without an “I love you”. We love you Helen!

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd. Street, Duluth, 218-727-3555.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

11:00am - 12:30pm

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, May 2, 2019

11:30am - 4:00pm

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805

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