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Mae Hele

d. April 12, 2016

Mae C. Hele, 90, of Austin, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Sacred Heart Care Center. Mae was born May 18, 1925 in Brainerd, Minnesota to Joseph and Stella Horak. On November 1, 1942 she was married, in Brainerd, to Arthur Hele. He preceded her in death on November 13, 1996. Shortly after their marriage, Art left for the war overseas and Mae worked in the office of the Nabisco Biscuit factory in Minneapolis until his return when they moved to Austin, MN where Art began work at the Hormel plant and Mae became a homemaker and mother to their five children. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin and enjoyed camping, square dancing, traveling and most of all, her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid reader and loved to crochet, specializing in beautiful keepsake afghans for her family members. Survivors include her son, David Hele (Mary), Birchwood, WI; her daughters, Mary Bottin (Steve), Austin, MN, Janice Tamke, Austin, MN, Karen Baier (Ron), Owatonna, MN; her son, James Hele (Nancy), McAllen, Texas; grandchildren, Scott Billadeau, Albert Lea, MN, Brian Billadeau, Austin, MN, Cathy Elit (Mike), Austin, MN, and Brenda Anderson (Dean), Austin, MN; great grandchildren, Madison Elit, Mckenzie Elit, Alec Anderson and Alyssa Anderson. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Sacred Heart Care Center with Father Donald Zenk officiating. There will be a 5 pm CCW rosary on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-7 pm. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be left online at

Service Information


Tuesday, April 19 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mayer Funeral Home
600 2nd Street NW P.O. Box 27
Austin MN 55912


Wednesday, April 20 2016
10:30 AM

Sacred Heart Care Center
1200 12th Street SW
Austin MN 55912

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