October 4, 1919 – August 11, 2010
Helen Kay Dockter Just, was born October 4th, 1919, the 2nd oldest of ten children born to Heinrich and Katharina (Meidinger) Dockter in McIntosh County, North Dakota.
As the oldest daughter of a family of 10 children, Helen was her mother’s right hand, assuming farmyard and household duties, caring for the many younger siblings. Helen attended eight grades at rural Strasburg Township School.
In the 1930’s Helen enjoyed the opportunity to learn to sew through a program funded by the National Recovery Act, learning lifelong skills that translated into beautiful garments and gifts for family and friends.
Helen continued to serve as her mother’s right hand until her marriage to Julius Just, in November, 1939. They began their life together on a farm near Zeeland, ND. In April, 1944, Helen and Julius followed his older brothers, Reinhold and Ephraim, moving to a farm 1/2 mile north of Berlin in LaMoure County, ND.
Julius and Helen raised five children on that rural Berlin farm, sent them to Berlin Grade School, LaMoure High School. They were active members of many cooperatives, the local Farmers Union organization and Trinity Lutheran Church. Helen was a long time member of the Berlin Birthday Club and Trinity Lutheran’s Naomi Circle.
After 25 years on their farm at Berlin, Helen and Julius spent the next 25 years in their home on the north edge of Berlin where they continued to raise large vegetable and flower gardens, and hosted visits from their children, grandchildren, large extended family and friends. In retirement, Helen and Julius enjoyed travel across the US and in Europe.
Marriage to Julius Just continued 63 years until his death in December of 2002. Helen has resided at Rosewood Court, in LaMoure, ND since 2003.
Helen lived a life of humility and kindness. She never knew an enemy and modeled grace and understanding to all. She leaves a grateful family:
Children: Don (Laura) Just, Blowing Rock, NC, Myron (Ruth) Just, Burnsville, MN, Marcella (Bob) Ludwig, Minot, ND, Walt (Pat) Just, Detroit Lakes, MN, Carol Just, Mpls, MN. Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren: Christof, (Kelli) Karly, Katrina and Cole Just, Nathan, (Christelle) and Lea Just, David Just, Cameron and Samantha Just, Betsy (Jamie) Olson, Zac, Nolan and Ian, Nancy (Nate) Blair, Joaquin and Leif, Scott and Tyler Ludwig, Kristie (Larry) Urness and Kaycee, Kate (Ralf) Schirg, Anne Halverson and Aidan. Sister: Laverna (Cliff) Kaseman, Brothers: Alfred (Elaine) Dockter and Harry (Agnes) Dockter. Many loving nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank: Dennis and Doris Just for their regular visits and kind attention to Helen’s needs, Kami Just for her professional care and devotion to Helen in her final years, the wonderful neighbors and staff at Rosewood Court, and the skilled and compassionate providers at Oakes Community Hospital, especially Dr. Daniel Stanhiser.
Full obituary available at www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 13 at Dahlstrom Funeral Chapel in Lamoure, ND. Prayer service begins at 7 p.m. Committal Service: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 14, Berlin Cemetery, 1/2 mile north of Berlin, ND Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, LaMoure, ND
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch or the Lutheran Hour Ministries.
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