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Helen Blum

November 1, 2016 GMT

SCHUYLER — Helen Blum, 87, of Schuyler, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Villa in David City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Jerry Gonderinger as celebrant. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday with a 7 p.m. rosary service and 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, all at Kracl Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Schuyler Cemetery. Lunch will follow at the parish hall. Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes for future designation.

Helen was born Dec. 27, 1929, on the family farm south of Clarkson to Louis and Rose (Dibelka) Vondra. She attended school at District #21 and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1948. On Aug. 10, 1948, she married Walter G. Blum at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They lived and farmed northwest of Schuyler until moving into town in 1993. Helen was a farmwife, played the drums for the Walter Blum trio, and enjoyed gardening, dancing, crafts, quilting and playing cards. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Garry) Willnerd of Hooper and Deb (Mike) Muhle of Schuyler; two sons, Ken (Barb) Blum and Doug (Renee) Blum, all of Schuyler; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Vondra of Schuyler; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Andy Muhle; and two brothers, Ladislav and Lumir Vondra.