Helmi Estella Erickson, age 90, of Dassel, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in Cokato, the daughter of Otto and Fannie (Annala) Mattila. Helmi grew up in the Cokato area, attending school at Temperance Corner and Cokato High School.
Helmi was baptized Feb. 28, 1920, and confirmed in 1934, at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.
She was a longtime member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, where she had been an active member of the Women’s Circle.
Helmi was united in marriage to Vernon Erickson Feb. 14, 1939, in Cokato. They made their home in Dassel, where they owned and operated Minnesota Hatchery.
Helmi enjoyed spending time with her family; her home was always open to her family and their friends. She enjoyed reading, spending holidays with her family, and was an avid bowler. A true Twins fan, Helmi kept a scorebook of every Twins game that she watched on TV. She also enjoyed traveling; Vern and Helmi had traveled to Hawaii, and had wintered in Arizona for 17 years.
Helmi is survived by her children, Curtis (Barb) Erickson of Palisade, MN, Roger (Marvel) Erickson of Hutchinson, and Robert Erickson of Braham; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by her siblings, Edna Breaux of Whittier, CA, Marvin (Mavis) Mattila of Menahga, and Karen (Tom) Stoner of Spooner, WI.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; grandsons Chad, and one in infancy; her parents; and three sisters, Wilma Servin, Esther Rundquist, and Anita Luoto.
A memorial service took place Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the church. The Revs. Steven Olson and John Peterson officiated. Florine Osness was the organist. The soloist, Sheldon Hedin sang “How Great Thou Art” and “On Eagles’ Wings.” Congregational hymns included “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again. Interment of the urn will take place in spring at the Dassel Cemetery.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.