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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Helen Blomgren

  • Helen Pratt Blomgren of Plymouth died on September 26, 2012 at St. John Luth-eran Home in Springfield. She was 103 years old. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls Sunday, October 28, at 1 p.m. with fellowship time following the service.
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  • Helen Pratt Blomgren of Plymouth died on September 26, 2012 at St. John Luth-eran Home in Springfield. She was 103 years old.
    Helen Adeline Pratt was born in Redwood Falls February 6, 1909, the second child and only girl of seven children born to Frank and Sophia Pratt.
    The family lived in town until moving to a farm west of Redwood Falls, because Helen’s mother “didn’t like the hustle and bustle of town life.”
    Helen grew up on the farm with her six brothers and attended country school through the eighth grade. She then went to high school, renting a room in town in the winter and whenever circumstances dictated.
    In 1927 she graduated from Redwood Falls High School in the mandatory white dress, hers a gift from a more prosperous aunt out west who sent the lovely silk dress to Helen with the side seams unsewn so Helen’s mother could fit and finish it.
    Uncertain of her future, Helen returned to the farm after graduation. About a year later, however, her life took an unexpected turn. A man recruiting young women students for a Minneapolis business college showed up at the family farm. Helen enrolled and prepared for the move to a big city she had never seen. Many years later she said the separation from her mother was very difficult for both of them.
    Nevertheless, Helen thrived in her new surroundings. She worked for many years for Touche, Niven and Company and had an active social life.
     After a four-year courtship she married Theodore Blomgren in the Summer of 1941. They bought a home in St. Louis Park and lived there until 1956, when the moved into a new home they had built in Plymouth.
    Helen joined the League of Women Voters and the Medicine Lake Garden Club. She studied to be a flower judge and was presented with a state life membership in the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota in 1980. Part of the presentation cited her “serene and pleasing personality” and her “efficiency and constant devotion…to task” in whatever position she held.
    After her husband died in 1997, Helen continued to live in the home they had built together.
    She still mowed the lawn and drove the car at age 96.
    With a fair amount of persuasion she finally consented to move to assisted living, and in October of 2011 she moved to The Maples in Springfield. She did well there until a short hospitalization in July 2012 necessitated a move across the lawn to St. John Lutheran Home.
    Over the ensuing months Helen gradually withdrew from this life to a private and peaceful inner one, and late in the afternoon of September 26 she slipped away.
    Helen was preceded in death by her husband Ted; her parents; her brothers Harry, Charlie, Jim, Harold, and her “baby brothers” Les and Lewie; and her nephew Frank Pratt.
    Page 2 of 2 - She is survived by her sister-in-law Erma Pratt; Les’ daughters Carla (Ray) Erpelding, Karyl (Jeff) Beeman, Janet Selim, Joyce (Dennis) Schwarz-rock, and Marlys (Jerry) Skoblik; Lewie’s daughter Morene (Steve) Rohlik; her nieces Margaret Lee, Helen (Norbert) Smith, and Maxine (Dick) Hedberg; her nephews Jack Blomgren and Robert Blomgren; and great-nieces and -nephews.
    A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls Sunday, October 28, at 1 p.m. with fellowship time following the service.
    Blessed be her memory.

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