Helga Hilde Mackensen was born to Otto and Hilde (Geigele) Mackensen in Mannheim Germany on May 26, 1938. Helga had two children, Peter O. Simon and Sonja C. Jensen.
Helga spent many of her early years living in Weinheim Germany with her son. She worked in many various administrative clerical jobs. She enjoyed going to soccer games with her family and also going to Italy in the summer to soak up the sun!
After Helga came to the United States and settled in the Sisseton, SD, area, she worked at the Tekakwitha Living Center until she retired. She made many special friends while working there and thought a lot of the residents. Years later, she moved to Watertown, SD, to the Hi-Rise apartments where she enjoyed doing arts and crafts, spending time with her special friends and enjoying stop-by visits from family members.
Those who really knew her, knew she loved music and dancing. She always had music on in the background when she was home. Helga had the chance to see The Beach Boys twice, and Tina Turner, and she loved going to Johnny Holmes and Eclipse.
Helga passed away August 26, 2020, at her daughter Sonja’s home with hospice care in Watertown, SD.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel.
Helga is survived by her two children, Peter (Ida) Simon of Leesburg, VA, and Sonja (Mike) Jensen of Watertown, SD; five grandchildren: Dr. Peter (Laura) Simon of Davidson, NC, Natascha (Chris) Joyner of Leesburg, VA, Christylee Jensen of Peever, SD, Kirsten Jensen of Watertown, SD, and Cedric (Jasmine) Jensen, of Sisseton, SD; and 10 great-grandchildren.
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