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Helen Frieda Lauman

Helen Frieda Anderegg was born in Beaverton on March 16, 1924, the fourth of six children of Andrew and Rosa Anderegg. Her siblings were Walter, Henry, Rose, Edna and Fred. When Helen was three the family moved to a farm in Clackamas which they named Swiss Dairy.

There she soon learned all about the dairy farming business. Helen mowed and raked hay with a team of horses then helped to stack it the hay barn. She learned to operate the cream separator and to bottle the milk for delivery to homes and stores. At 4 a.m. Helen’s father or one of her brothers would drive the milk truck to Portland to deliver milk door to door. Sometimes, she would ride along, carrying milk to homes on one side of the street, while one of her brothers delivered to the other side. She said she went along because at the end of the route, around 9:30 a.m. they’d deliver to a store that always gave her an ice-cream cone.

Other things she learned growing up on the farm included gardening, canning vegetables and fruit, drying fruit, and making cheese and butter. Sewing was a favorite pastime. Helen’s family raised Holstein cattle and she belonged to the 4H club. She attended the Clackamas County Fair, the Oregon State Fair in Salem, and the Pacific International Livestock Exposition in North Portland where she won many blue, red, and grand champion ribbons. She won a calf given to the best overall in her division, and a scholarship every year for seven years to attend a summer session for two weeks at Oregon State College (now University). Helen gained good experience during those two weeks and had a lot of fun, which included being elected house president.

Helen attended Carver Grade School and graduated from from Milwaukie High School in 1942. She worked at the Clackamas Valley Co-op for two years and then became a manager for two years. Helen married Robert Lauman in 1946 and had four children, Les, Jim, Gail, and Wayne. While raising her family she sold Avon for ten years, took an upholstery class and a cake decorating class. She attended beauty school, got her license, and went on to get an advanced license to teach beauty school.

Helen loved to dance and travel. She practiced to ballroom dance at the age of seven when an older brother decided it was time for her to learn. She danced ever since. Helen also learned to square dance and did so for many years. She liked to travel and visited most states and many countries.

Helen’s greatest love was her family. She remained very close to her brothers and sisters, and enjoyed her four children, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and all of her nieces and nephews. Helen loved life and everyone she met was her friend. She will forever be loved and greatly missed.

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Lived, loved, worked hard. I miss my Grandma

nicholas alan Lauman Jan 4 2022 8:17 PM

I did not know Helen, but I read her obituary because it was so close to my mother's. Helen sounded just amazing! It is hard to believe a private dairy farm like hers ever existed in this area. It sounds like she worked hard, and kept interested and involved in things all of her life

I am so sorry for your loss, and wish I could have met Helen.

Terry Jan 4 2022 10:59 AM

We love you and we will miss you.

Jim and Daralynn Lauman Jan 4 2022 4:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Lauman

Kari McDaniel Jan 3 2022 2:05 PM

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