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Helen Pauly

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On January 10, 2022 @ 3:00 pm In 2022,Obituaries | 6 Comments


Helen Elaine (Griffith) Pauly, age 85, a long-time resident of Shakopee, MN passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Helen will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Shakopee Catholic Cemetery. A Celebration of Life picnic open to all will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Lion’s Park, Pavilion 1, 1103 Adams Street S., Shakopee Minnesota.

Helen was born to parents David (aka Pat) and Esther (Bair) Griffith in Tracy, Minnesota. The third oldest of seven children, she spent her early school years in Marietta, Minnesota before her family moved to Shakopee where she finished her high school years. She first gained employment at West Publishing, then on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul and Continental Machines in Savage, MN.

In high school, Helen played French horn in the band, was a homecoming princess and enjoyed many other extra-curricular activities. After meeting and marrying a handsome young man from Chaska, Dennis John Pauly, they quickly started growing their family with 7 kids in 7 years: Cynthia, twins Bruce and Barbara, Scott, twins Jeffrey and Joseph and Rodney. As Dennis’ health declined following his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, so did their marriage. Helen became a single parent of 7 kids but went on to complete her education and become an accountant. She had a new home built for her family in Louisville Township outside of Shakopee.

As a bookkeeper, Helen worked for a variety of businesses including the Jewish Community Center, Lindahl Oldsmobile, Solid Control Industries, and Modern Tire. Always a hard worker, Helen often had a second job waitressing -starting when she worked the lunch counter at Shakopee Drug in high school. She also enjoyed serving customers at Louisville Lanes, Jim and Lucy’s, and the Rock Spring Supper Club.

But Helen was not all work and no play. She was a lifelong and avid bowler, participating in many bowling leagues including Wii bowling at the American Legion. She passed her passion for bowling to the next generation by coaching junior bowling leagues. Helen was also a Cub Scout leader and youth girls’ softball coach. Helen delivered Meals on Wheels to senior citizens. She helped fundraise for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and other charitable organizations.

Helen always had a strong circle of friends that she traveled and partied with. She orchestrated Viking football parties, egg roll cooking groups, summer pool parties, and card and bunco games that were enjoyed by all. She was an easy person to travel with and took many local, national and international trips with friends such as exotic tropical cruises, historic East Coast cities, Florida beaches, Lake Mille Lac ice houses and even witnessing the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helen’s in Washington.

She shared her adventurous spirit with her children with regular outings and trips. Helen would load up the family station wagon with her kids-and usually a couple extra -for a visit to the Como Zoo or the Bell Museum or Minnehaha Falls. As adults, Helen’s kids joined her in many bowling trips, softball tournaments and vacations across Minnesota and the U.S.

Although Alzheimer’s robbed Helen of many of these marvelous memories towards the end of her life, she was able to continue with many favorite activities including weeding the garden, caring for pets or babies (dolls) or just walking around chatting with everyone. Helen’s friendly demeanor and easy going, helpful attitude made her a favorite with so many people of all ages and experiences.

Besides the many co-workers, friends, customers, students and neighbors, left to honor her life and mourn her death are her youngest brother, David Griffith and her oldest brother Dennis (Delores) Griffith; her children Bruce (Mary) Pauly, Barb (Bob) Hedstrom, Scott Pauly, Jeff (Lisa) Pauly, Joseph Pauly and Rodney Pauly; her grandchildren Alex (Lacy) Hedstrom, Mitch Hedstrom, Zach Hedstrom (Amanda Poucki), Josh Pauly, Jake Pauly and Kristine Heinen; and her great grandchildren, Ashton, Milena, Grayson and Nora Hedstrom.

Preceded in death and there to welcome Helen home in heaven are her parents, David and Esther Griffith; her sisters Kathleen Robinette and Marlene (aka Mame) Blenkush; her sister and brother-in-law, Marna and Ed Muelken; daughter Cindy Heinen; granddaughter Chelsea Hedstrom; her ex, Dennis Pauly, her in-laws, Christ and Loretta Pauly, brother-in-law, Delbert Pauly and niece Dana Hanson.

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Condolence from Sandy Doherty on January 11th, 2022 10:46 am

I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was my softball coach for many years. We won many State Championships under her guidance. RIP Helen and have a beer for me, up at the Pearly Bar in the Sky

Condolence from sean mccloskey on January 11th, 2022 12:33 pm

So sorry to hear the news about Mrs. Pauly. My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Randee on January 11th, 2022 2:55 pm

Jeff, Scott, & Rod,
We are so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. She was an amazing lady. She raised some pretty great kids who are following her footsteps. I know that she is very proud of you. You and your entire family are in our prayers.
Love The Schoeneckers

Condolence from Lynn Hoffman on January 11th, 2022 3:28 pm

So sorry to hear about your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. What a great lady she was. Always enjoyed waiting on her at Louies, going over to volleyball, 4th of July and swim parties at her house even and vacationing in Mexico with her and her great friends. Later I was only able to see her for lunch occassional on Tuesdays and doing pull tabs at the VFW but totally enjoyed her great sense of humor. She will be missed. Sending my Love and Hugs to all you Pauly’s.

Condolence from Kari Weston on January 11th, 2022 5:13 pm

Hey Helen check your heavenly shoes for popcorn . One of my most fav memories with your Mom. I filled her purse, suitcase and shoes with popcorn on a bowling trip
and the one she was most upset about was her shoes. One of many bowling trips . I loved her like a Mom, cuz she was a great one. Always upbeat, positive, and up for anything. So much energy, and such fun. I’ll always be your Kare Bear. ❤️

Condolence from Gene Hennes on January 12th, 2022 9:40 am

My condolences to all you wonderful Pauly children, I know and respect each and every one of you. Know that your mom is with Cindy and a lot of other friends, too many to mention, soo many good times. God bless you all.

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