Helen E. Carstensen of Palatine since 1954

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Helen E. Carstensen of Palatine since 1954 Funeral services for Helen E. Carstensen (nee Coston), 86, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 144 E. Palatine Road, Palatine, where she will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Randhill Park Cemetery, Arlington Heights. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Born Dec. 7, 1921, in Crossville, Ill., she died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. Helen worked for Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights, for more than 30 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ since 1954 and a member of the Women's Guild for more than 40 years. She also taught Sunday school and served on the PTA. Most of all, her family was everything to her. She left a lasting legacy of love, laughter, faith, positive attitude and kindness towards all. …