August 9, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.

Helen (Schmiesing) Miller

Helen (Schmiesing) Miller, 86, died peacefully with family present Aug. 1, 2023, at CentraCare Hospital in Sauk Centre. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 10, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The visitation will be at 10 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will follow the service at the parish cemetery.

Helen was born during a snowstorm Feb. 5, 1937, in rural Sauk Centre. She was the eighth of 12 children born to Ben and Gusta (Niehoff) Schmiesing. She graduated high school in 1954, then went on to nursing school in Breckenridge. She moved to Florida, where she met her first husband, Daniel Mitchell, and they had two daughters together before he passed away. She moved back to Sauk Centre and worked as a nurse. She married Mike Miller in 1965 and they had five sons. She worked at Diamond Point for many years and did her own catering for a while. She was a competitive card player and enjoyed gardening, reading, quilting, volunteering around the community, cooking, baking, walking, watching sports and being with her family.

She is survived by her children Therese (Brien) Finken of Melrose, Ann (Lane Kastonek) Mitchell, Christopher Miller of Gilbert, Arizona, Dean (Kathy) Miller of Moundsview, Chad (Esther) Miller of Apple Valley, Monte Miller of Janesville and Mitch Miller of St. Clair; grandchildren Jeremy Withers, Ashley (Withers) Venske, Mitchell Finken, Lucy (Kastonek) Kapustka, Daniel Kastonek, Sarah (Miller) Sims, Leah Miller, Campbell Miller, Ryker Miller, Ithan Miller, Miklo Miller and Mixela Salas; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Adeline (Roy) Middendorf, Eleanor Muellners, Catherine Schmiesing, Isidore (Jan) Schmiesing and Joe (Cynthia) Schmiesing; as well as many, many nieces and nephews she always enjoyed visiting with.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Daniel Mitchell; second husband Mike Miller; grandson John Michael Miller; her parents; brothers Walter, Anthony and Frank Schmiesing; and sisters Marina Atkinson, Erma Schauer and Bernice Peterson.

Helen will be dearly missed by her family, her church and her community.



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