Helen J. Blomstrom


Mass of Christian Burial for Helen J. Blomstrom, 81, of Armstrong, was held at  10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Armstrong with Father Paul Kelly, Celebrant and Deacon John Rudd, Concelebrant. Interment was at Armstrong Grove Cemetery. Helen passed away surrounded by her family at Mayo Health System – Fairmont, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 18 at the church.

Helen Jane Blomstrom, daughter of Maxine (Ginn) and Fred Anderson, was born on October 8, 1941, in Armstrong, Iowa.

Helen graduated from Armstrong High School. Helen was united in marriage to Ronald W. Blomstrom on October 10, 1959, in Armstrong. They made their home in Fairmont and later moved to Mankato, Minnesota. While in Mankato, Helen did daycare in her home for several years. The couple then moved to Armstrong, Iowa, where they were co-owners of the Corner Hardware Store in Armstrong. After a time, they opened their own business, Ron’s Plumbing and Heating. Helen answered phones and did the books for their business. After several years they sold their business and Helen went to work at Armstrong Rim and Wheel. Ron got sick and Helen stayed home to care for him. After he passed away; Helen took on the loving role of a mentor and caregiver to her six great-grandkids, making each of them feel special. She left them all with memories of that time that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

Helen had a gift for making everyone feel special in her family. Her extended family were a huge part of her life; her door was always open, and she enjoyed spending time with all of them.  Helen made sure anyone she knew who was sick or had a death in the family got a meal from her, usually her raved about beef roast.

Helen was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Armstrong. For many years she was an active member of the Armstrong Betterment Club, helped coordinate the 4th of July Parade, and had been voted Armstrong Citizen of the Year. Helen also spent time on the ECHO Board in Estherville.      

Left to cherish Helen’s memory are her children, Phyllis Crouch and her husband, Brian of Armstrong; Michael Blomstrom and fiancée Diann Minion of Estherville; grandchildren, Jessica Zotz and her husband, Robert of Armstrong,  Joe Crouch and his wife, Alarie of Armstrong, Iowa and Ciara Minion of Mankato; and great-grandchildren, Koen, Caden, and Carlynn Zotz and Carson, Camden, and Cora Crouch; She is also survived by her sister Linda Fitzsimmons and her husband Ross of Annandale, MN; brothers-in-law Kenn Blomstrom and wife Alice of Clear Lake, IA, Keith Blomstrom and wife Mary of Fairmont, MN, and Jim Wolter of St. Cloud, MN; and many nieces and nephews. 

 Preceding Helen in death were her husband Ronald; daughter, Ann Blomstrom; mother and father Maxine and Fred Anderson; mother and father-in-law, Marie and George Blomstrom; brother Loren (Delores) Anderson; sisters Elgene (Ray)  Fessler, and Sue (Jim) Buchan; and sister-in-law Elaine Wolter.  

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