Helen Emerald Dwire, age 88, passed away peacefully July 27, 2022, at the Brainerd hospital surrounded by loved ones and her devoted husband, Dick, at her side.

Helen was born May 26, 1934 to Leslie and Edith McAninch, the seventh out of eight children. She grew up in McKinley Township and went to Backus High School. She met the love of her life, Dick, on a blind date and so began their long love story. They were soon married on April 28, 1951 and moved to rural Backus to begin their life together. 

   Helen is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Dick; her children; Neil (Mary) Dwire, Bonnie (Rick) VanBuren, Mike (Lynne) Dwire; 11 grandkids; 25 great grandkids; 5 great-great grandkids; and her sister, Dorothy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Edith; son, Tracey Dean Dwire; and great grandchild, Alaina Ray VanBuren.

   Helen’s celebration of life will be held at the Kline Funeral Home in Pine River on August 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.