Helen O. Blaser
September 23, 1930-January 5, 2020
Helen O. Blaser, 89, of Columbus, passed away on Jan.5, 2020, at Emerald Care Center in Columbus
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, with an informal vigil service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Walter Jung-A-Kim officiating, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Duncan. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, officiated by Rev. Walter and Rev. Joe Miksch at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer's Association of Nebraska or St. Stanislaus Catholic Church to benefit a new sound system.
Helen was born on Sept. 23, 1930, to Romey and Lena (Labenz) Wisehart in Humphrey. She graduated from Humphrey St. Francis High School. After graduation she went to business school in Omaha. While in Omaha she was a nanny for several prominent families.
She was united in marriage to Ronald L. Blaser on May 19, 1951, in Pacific Junction, Iowa. They had to roust a priest to perform the ceremony, which happened to be the late Archbishop Sheehan.
The couple returned home to begin their life together on the farm in Rural Platte County. Mom raised chickens both for the eggs and her famous fried chicken, and hauled a lot of eggs to town. They were blessed with nine children, filling a whole pew in church at St. Stanislaus by themselves. Mom was busy attending school functions and countless ball games, missing very few. Although some were watched with one eye closed, and several were over before her arrival, she still attended.
Helen was a member of Evening Belles Extension Club and St. Ann's Society. She also sang in the choir every Sunday.
She joined the work force in the 70's, spending the next 30 years doing books for Lohr Petroleum. A bookkeeper at heart, she loved “doing her books” at Lohr's and for the farm.
She worked endlessly, never punching a clock, then came home to make supper. After retiring from her day job, she got a riding lawnmower and found her new passion, mowing the yard. It took her twice as long to mow as someone else could, but her finished project was done correctly and no flowers were harmed. Even the ditch flowers would survive. She was an avid flower gardener.
Her final years at home were spent watching her grandkids grow up and enjoying the seeds that she had planted. She never missed anyone's birthday. Some of her favorite pastimes were watching the birds and the baby goats. The changing of the seasons and holidays always brought her joy.
Helen is survived by husband, Ron Blaser of Columbus; son, Jim (Linda) Blaser of Columbus; grandson, Patrick; son, Steve (Karen) Blaser of Columbus; grandchildren: Nicholas, Angela, Nathan and Sabrina; son, Jeff (Deb) Blaser of Lincoln; grandchildren: Jesse, Jared and Joel; daughter, Jeanne Bonk of Columbus; grandchildren: Cassie, Kelly, Cody and Kortney; daughter, Sandy Bargmann of Columbus; grandchildren: Eric, Jonah, Kristin and Carrie; grandson from son, Anthony C. Blaser – Tony A.; daughter, Barb (Todd) McQueen of Omaha; grandchildren, Riley and Forrest; daughter, Lori Eigenberg of Warsaw, Indiana; grandchildren, Melissa and Tyler; son, Jon (Gina) Blaser of Columbus; grandchildren: Jessica, Connor and Colton; 33 great-grandchildren; sister, Florene Kass of Madison; brother, Chuck (Julie) Wisehart of Seward; brother, Larry (Louise) Wisehart of Humphrey; sister, Jane (Larry) Zach of Columbus; sister, Linda (Erv) Lindeman of Ainsworth; brother-in-law, Withold Fergin of David City; sister-in-law, Sue Wisehart of Omaha; brother-in-law, Donald Blaser of Honolulu; sister-in-law, Carol Blaser of San Marcos, California; many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by parents, Romey and Lena (Labenz) Wisehart; parents-in-law, Hector and Minnie (Lemp) Blaser; son, Anthony C. “Tony” Blaser; son-in-law, Dale Bargmann; brothers, Jerome “Buddy” and William “Bill” Wisehart; sisters, Geraldine “Geri” Fergin and Dolores “Dee” (Marlyn “Hike”) Hendrickson; brothers-in-law: Wendel Kass, Frederic (Donna) Blaser and Harold Blaser; sister-in-law, Shirley (Erdie) Erdman.