Helen Louise Blaisdell, 94, of Perry, IA peacefully went home to be with her Lord on April 30, 2019 at the Perry Lutheran Home.


She was born to Joseph and Grga Kauzlarich in Tipperary, IA on June 6, 1924. Her father was a coal miner, and the family moved often because of his work. After her father passed away, Helen moved to Perry with her mother and a sister. She eventually got a job as a nurse’s aide at the old King’s Daughters Hospital before meeting the love of her life, Eugene (Gene) Blaisdell. The two were united in marriage on August 26, 1949 and made their home in Perry for many years before moving out west to be closer to family. To that union were born two children: Gene Allen and Kathy Louise.


Helen returned to Perry in 2016 and lived out her remaining years as a resident of the Perry Lutheran Home. Helen loved flower gardening in her younger years, doing kind things for others, and spending time with her family.


She is survived by her son Gene of Denver, CO; daughter Kathy Hansen (Neil) of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren Justin Blaisdell, Eric Hansen (Betsy), Michael Hansen (Jennifer), and Michelle Hansen; great-grandchildren Henry, Lucy, Oliver, Danica, Natalie, and Maggie Hansen; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Eugene, and her three sisters (Genevieve, Lucy, and Mary).


Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Life service will be held for Helen at Murdock Funeral Home with burial in Violet Hill Cemetery, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be given to the Perry Lutheran Home in Helen’s honor. Condolences to the family may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home.