Helen A. Asplund

Helen A. Asplund
Helen A. Asplund

Helen Agnes (Rudnicki) Asplund, 94, went home to be with the Lord March 26, 2013.  She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Avon, Minn., the sixth of eleven children born to Stanley J. and Mary (Landowski) Rudnicki.

She married DuWayne Hassler June 21, 1937.  DuWayne was killed in a construction accident Aug. 15, 1939.  One child was born to this union, Theresa.

Helen later married Herbert Asplund November 8, 1941 and to this union three daughters were born: Kathleen, Irene and Beverly.

Helen enjoyed crocheting, weaving rugs, vegetable and flower gardening, casino trips, playing cards with friends and baking. A specialty was her apple pie bars, which she enjoyed sharing.

She had jobs cooking at the Park Cafe in Braham, and Hillcrest Nursing Home in Rush City. She enjoyed making birthday cakes for everyone and bringing apple pie bars and different fruit breads to the center as a special treat.

A faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Helen donated rugs and afghans for raffles and also apple pie bars for the men’s club.  They seemed to enjoy them very much.

Helen was a kind, gentle and a caring lady with great patience.  If anyone needed something done, they would ask her and she would be more than happy to help.

Helen is preceded in death by husbands DuWayne Hassler and Herbert Asplund; daughter Kathleen Hockaday Vaughn, brother and sister-in-laws John (Harriet) Rudnicki, Leo (Frances) Rudnicki, Stanley, Francis and Alois Rudnicki; sister and brother-in-laws Sophia (Tony) Wojciehowski, Alma (Emmanuel) Pierskalla, Eleanor Lubbesmeier, Maurice Holliday and Archie Jonas.

She is survived by daughters Theresa Pearson, of Mora; Irene (Bob) Haugen, of Pine City; and Beverly (John) Larson, of North Branch; grandchildren Kevin (Barb) Olson, of Red Wing; Sandy (Chip) Hart, of Ogilvie; Keith (Marcia) Olson, of Springfield; Lori (Alden) Shute, of Duxbury; Robbie (Diane) Hockaday, of North Carolina; Shelly (Dave) Reichkitzer, Dodi (Troy) Gulliams, of Blanco, Texas; Christine (Greg) Jeffrey, of Woodbury; great grandchildren Kyra and Jake Olson, Jeremiah, Victoria and Sarah Hammel, Jacque and Bryce Olson, Chris Hockaday, Rebecca Desjardins and Catherine Nelson, Megan Allerton and Chelsea Kaelbi, Kaily Frederick and Tyler Campbell, Emily and Elizabeth Jeffrey; 13 great-great grandchildren; sisters Martha Holliday, of Grasston; Ann Jonas, of Avon; sister-in-law Emily Rudnicki, of Avon; brother-in-law Bud Lubbesmeier, of St Cloud; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Helen will be greatly missed by everyone.

Father Xavier Thelakkatt officiated a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m.  Monday, April 1, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City.  Visitation took place one hour prior to the mass at the church.   Music was provided by Cathi Hendren and Abby Hendren. The interment was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery of Rush City with the following active casket bearers: Kevin Olson, Keith Olson, Robbie Hockaday, Bob Haugen, John Larson, LeRoy Shinler and Ray Mell.

Memorials to Fairview Hospice are preferred to flowers.

Funeral arrangements for Helen Asplund were entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service, Olson Chapel of Rush City,  www.funeralandcremationservice.com.

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