On Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, surrounded by her family, Helen M. Sauter went home to be with the Lord.
Helen was born in Crookston, Minn., on June 3, 1921, the daughter of John Randolph and Eva Barrette Van Antwerp.
Helen graduated from Taylor High School as the valedictorian of her class.
She married George Berzel in 1940. To this union were born David, Gary, Judy and twins Georgine and Kathleen. Her husband George passed away on July 14, 1959. In 1961, she married John Sauter and together, they had two sons, John and Jim.
Helen enjoyed working in her garden, baking, and with her heart for animals, was quick to adopt those who were orphaned. Helen's greatest joys in life were spending time with her family and raising her seven children. She touched the lives of all those who knew her in a special way.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eva Van Antwerp; her husband George; son James Sauter; granddaughter Jamie Lynn Schleining; and two sisters, Donna Kroll and Jeannie Rusek.
She is survived by her children, David (Ardella) Berzel, Georgine Schleining of Billings, Gary Berzel and John (Teresa) Sauter of Orlando, Fla., Kathleen Badovinac of Butte and Judy (Richard) Elliott of Anderson, Calif. She is also survived by two sisters, June Reich of Preston, Wash., Betty Sharp of Helena; her three brothers, Wallace (Faye) Van Antwerp of Thermopolis, Wyo., Randolph Van Antwerp of Billings and Robert (Sheriena) McEvers of Barneston, Neb.; along with 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Nursing Home and Big Sky Hospice for the good care they gave Helen during her stay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society of Billings, 550 N. 31st St., # 103, Billings, MT 59101, or a charity of your choice.
Cremation has taken place. No services are planned, per her request. Helen's cremated remain will be interred in her husband George's grave at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cremation or Funeral Gallery.