June 29, 1923 - November 2, 2016


Peter Helmin, age 93, of Foley, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Foley Nursing Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Gilman. The Rev. Leo Moenkedick will officiate. Friends may call after 9:30 AM at the church Tuesday. Burial with Full Military Honors by Foley American Legion will be in the Parish Cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Peter Valentine Helmin was born June 29, 1923 in Gilman the son of Adam and Selma (Imborski) Helmin. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1943 until 1945 including Air Offense in Normandy. On February 13, 1965, he was united in marriage with Emma Patnaude in Milbank, SD. The couple lived in St. Cloud for 35 years where Peter worked construction and did plaster work. He retired in 1983 and in 1994, moved to Bemidji for 8 years. He was a man of the outdoors, enjoying hunting and fishing as well as a good game of cards. Peter was a member of the Gilman VFW, Waite Park American Legion and SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

He is survived by his siblings: Josephine Kvittem of Rochester, Imelda Lieser of Paynesville, Sylvester (Jean) of Foley, Ann Sluss of Circle Pines and Frank (Elaine) of Foley; sister-in-law Renee Helmin of Rice; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Emma in 2002 and siblings: Marie, Connie, Odilia, Chester, Al and Collette.