VIKING OF THE YEAR -
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.
Viking of the Year
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.
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.
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