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VIKING OF THE YEAR

ANNOUNCING THE
VIKING OF THE YEAR 2015-2016

VIKING OF THE YEAR -
HELANE BERGKLINT
OF LINNE LODGE #57
40 year member

In March 1975, Merritt & Helane Bergklint became members of Linne #57. Before the month was over, Helane was at the University of Minnesota, having been tested for ten days as a kidney donor for her sister, Mary Ann Workman. Making the decision to donate her kidney was not an easy one for Helane as she had three children, ages 4 through 14. The fact that organ transplants were uncommon 40 years ago made the decision even more difficult. But because of the transplant, Mary Ann lived for another twenty years, many of them as a member of Linne #57.

Helane Bergklint
Viking of the Year
2015-2016

Helane was in the first graduating class out of Muskegon catholic Central and attended Ferris State University. Afterwards she worked as a medical technician in the laboratories at both Mercy and Hackley Hospitals. She also worked for various private physician practices before dedicating herself to the full time care of her children.

She has been a member of the Lucia as well as Invandrana Singers for all of her 40 years of being a Viking. Helane served on many committees including Mardi Gras, Midsummer, Pub Pedal, Post Workers Food Drive, Bingo, Hawaiian Luau, Millennium Party, Pastry Party, Christmas Bazaar Luncheon, and chaired the annual Center Street Gang Steak Party (20+ years). She also served as an Auditor, continues to work on the Grants Committee. She worked as a vote counter for the Officer's Election (10+ years). She has been a delegate for several Viking Conventions and served as a chairperson for the Hospitality Room during the 2009 convention held in Muskegon. Helane also has worked in her church's Love INC food pantry at Saint Thomas since 1993.

In 2000 Helane was elected as Vice Chief and then Chief in 2001. She served as a strustee in the late 80's, has worked as a bartender for many years, and as an office counter since 2000. Additional service includes working on the Duneral Luncheon committee since 1985 and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Past Chief's Club for several years.  

Helane met and married her husband Merritt 55+ years ago at Sacred Heart Church. They have three children - Linda, Mike, and Matt - five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

(This article was submitted by her friend and fellow Viking, Beverly Mortivedt Foelker, who is pleased Helane was chosen, and by Merritt Bergklint.)

 


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