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Mrs. Helen L. (Suydam) Blixt

1926 - 2021


Helen L. Blixt, 95, of Washington, Illinois, formerly of Galesburg, Illinois, died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Snyder Village Health Center in Metamora, Illinois.

She was born June 2, 1926, in Galesburg, the daughter of Delmar and Edna (Peterson) Suydam.  She married Frederick R. Blixt on April 1, 1945, in Galesburg.  He preceded her in death April 17, 1998.

She is survived by two daughters, Marlene (Dennis) Rash of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Joan (Mike) Prina of Washington; five grandchildren, David Kuipers, Lesa Christianson, Marsha Kuipers, Brian Prina, and Kevin Prina; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Stotts of Galesburg; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Delmar Suydam; and a sister, Dorothy Chester.

Helen was raised and educated in Galesburg, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1944.  She worked at the former First National Bank and then later was the head bookkeeper for Nyman Jeweler’s for many years before retiring.  She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Galesburg.  Helen enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling, crocheting, and she was an avid reader.  She lived all of her life in Galesburg until moving to Washington in 2011 to be closer to her family.

Private family graveside service will be Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in East Linwood Cemetery in Galesburg.  Rev. Dr. Pamela Marolla will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is honored to serve the family.  Online condolences may be made at


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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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Jayne S Piccoli

June 24, 2021 3:11 PM

Rest In Peace Aunt Helen

Love, Jim and Jayne
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Jeff & Cindy Phillips

June 21, 2021 10:53 AM

Jeff & I are very sorry for your loss.  We'll miss Great Aunt Helen's delightful and endearing personality.  We always enjoyed talking with her and can only hope we'll lead such a long, independent, and full life as she did!

Jennifer Slife

June 21, 2021 9:35 AM

Lesa, I am praying peace for your heart as you and your family navigate the sad loss of your grandmother.  I've enjoyed our talks about the very special and tender relationships we had with our grandmothers. There is no other love like it.  I know your precious memories will sustain you throughout the rest of your life, but especially now as you become a grandmother!  Her love will live on through you to the next generation. What a gift that you had such a wonderful role model!

Dorene Damm Boydstun

June 18, 2021 8:42 PM

So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was a neighbor in the years I grew up and had a furbaby named Lady I would visit. May the family find peace and comfort. 

Debbie and Danny Prina

June 18, 2021 10:16 AM

Dear and Mike, Debbie and I were deeply saddened to hear about your mom. We know she will be deeply missed by the entire family. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

Debbie and Danny Prina

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