LaMonte Martin “Monte” Helget, 81, of Sleepy Eye died March 10, 2017, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center.

LaMonte Martin “Monte” Helget, 81, of Sleepy Eye died March 10, 2017, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. A Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. The Visitation will continue on Wednesday, March 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A parish prayer service will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home. The service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. The burial will immediately follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Reception to be held following burial in St. Mary's social room. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Church, St. John’s Church and the Sleepy Eye Hospital.

LaMonte was born Sept. 3, 1935, in Sleepy Eye. He was the only son and youngest child of Michael and Rose (Haala) Helget. Monte grew up on the family farm south of Sleepy Eye with his four older sisters. During his youth he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School where he participated in several sports. As a young man, he enjoyed playing fast pitch softball for Leo’s Bombers. On Feb. 16, 1955, he married the love his life, Elaine Netzke. Together, Monte and Elaine had six children. Monte was a dairy farmer and loved his cows. He also loved his years working at Mathiowetz Construction where the people were not coworkers to him, but beloved friends. When Monte wasn't on his lawn mower, he enjoyed deer hunting weekends with his sons and grandsons, riding around in his Cadillac, playing cards, taking care of his dogs, and spending time with his family, especially Elaine, his nightly 6:30 date for “Wheel of Fortune.” He was a devout Catholic and found comfort in reading his bible and praying his rosary. He will always be remembered as a caring, selfless man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; children: Brad Helget of Sleepy Eye, Deb Hacker (Gary Beltz) of Olivia, Peggy (Mark) Seidl of Hanska, Doug (Rachel) Helget of North Mankato, Cheryl (Terry) Reynolds of North Mankato; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marian (Val) Rathman of Comfrey. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin; and sisters: Lorraine Haecherl, Verena Krebs and Ivona Windschitl.