B: 22 May 1917
D: May 1952 or 54
M: Helen Marie Olson b. 27 Nov 1915, Great Falls, Montana d. 26 Apr 2010
at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN
FN: Peter Nicholas (P.N.) Tri
MN: Theresa Caroline Johanknecht
Children of Quintin Tri and Helen Olson:
James "Jim" G. Tri
M: Linda Oakes
M: Allen Finney, they had 2 daughters.
M: Donald Brager, they had 1 child
Anthony (Tony) Tri
Thief River Falls, Minn. - Helen Marie Tri, 94, died April 26, 2010 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Helen Marie Olson was born Nov. 27, 1915 in Great Falls, Mont., to Gottfrid and Hilder (Nelson) Olson. The family moved to Minneapolis and Helen attended Hawthorne Elementary, Franklin Middle School, and graduated from North High School in 1932. She attended Adolphus Gustavas College in St. Peter, Minn., and graduated with a bachelors degree in teaching. She taught history, English, and speech in Ruthton, Minn., for a year before moving to Humboldt, Minn., where she taught several subjects at the School there.
Helen was baptized into the Catholic faith in 1939 and later on June 5, she was united in marriage to Quintin Milroy Tri at St. Anne's Catholic Church, St. Vincent, Minn. She took a number of years off from teaching to raise her family. In 1954 her husband Quintin died and in 1956 she attended Moorhead State University to further her education. In 1958 she went back to teaching in Humboldt until 1965, when she moved to Red Lake Falls, Minn. From 1965, until her retirement in 1980 she served as librarian at the Red Lake Falls school. In 1990, she moved to Thief River Falls, where she has since resided.
Throughout her life Helen had been active in many groups, organizations, and the communities she has lived in. She was president of the Ladies Aid in St. Vincent for 10 years, the American Cancer Society and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council while in Red Lake Falls. She also served as secretary for Senior Citizens in Red Lake Falls for a number of years.
Throughout her life Helen enjoyed tending to her large vegetable garden. She spent a lot of time crocheting, sewing and doing crosswords. Helen was a voracious reader who was a supporter of higher education. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband Quintin; daughter Kathryn; and two sons Anthony and James.
Helen is survived by her daughter Marie (Allen) Finney, Thief River Falls, Minn.; son, Peter Tri, Thief River Falls, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Pam (David) Rochlin, Edina, Minn., Kristi (John) Brandt, Fargo, N.D., Patti (Dan) Ristvedt, Plymouth, Minn., Bryan (Dana) Tri, Springhill, Tenn.; Matt Tri, Bemidji, Minn., Michelle (Dave) Lawrence, Detroit Lakes, Bob and Dave Brager, New Brighton, Minn., and Andrew Tri, St. Cloud, Minn.; nine great-grandchildren, Adam, Emma, and Noah Rochlin, Jacob and Alex Brandt, DJ and Katie Ristvedt, Tyler and Justine Lawrence; one great-great-grandchild Riley; daughter-in-law Kathy Tri, Park Rapids, Minn.; and son-in-law Don Brager, New Brighton, Minn.
Mass of Christian Burial was May, 3, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Thief River Falls, Minn., with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, Minn.
Pall bearers were Pam and David Rochlin, Patti and Dan Ristvedt, and Kristi and John Brandt.
Honorary pall bearers were: Andrew Tri, Matt Tri, Bryan Tri, Bob Brager,
David Brager, Michelle Lawrence.