Helen Bull, 85, of Coon Rapids, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids with Pastor Lou Hoger officiating.

Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery, near Coon Rapids

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids.

Helen Elizabeth Katherine, daughter of Henry and Martha (Luitjens) Lackman, was born May 2, 1926 at Milford Township in Crawford County. 

She attended country school for grades 1–5 and then Zion Lutheran parochial school in Denison for grades 6–8.

Helen graduated from Denison High School with the Class of 1947. She then worked as an office assistant at the Crawford County Extension office until the fall of 1951 when she moved to Coon Rapids.

Helen married Gerald Bull on Nov. 28, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church, northeast of Coon Rapids.

The couple farmed for six years before moving into town.  Helen was employed as a bookkeeper for Thorp Implement Co., Hilgenberg Motor Co., Coon Rapids Plumbing and Heating, Keister Lumber Co., Malcom and Thompson Inc., Alfa Valley Inc. and Emerson Inc. 

She served eight years on the Carroll County 4-H committee, four years as secretary-treasurer on the Four County Fair Association and another six years as treasurer.

As a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids, Helen served for 10 years on the church council (six years as treasurer), held office in the ladies’ group and served as a volunteer church secretary on three different occasions.  She also served as church musician for many years.  Helen’s interests included knitting, crocheting, genealogy research, American history and Bible history, as well as stamp-collecting.

She is survived by sister-in-law Anna Lackman of Denison, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband Gerald Bull in July 1979, and brother Marvin Lackman.