Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Graveside Services for Helen Blatt

Graveside services for Helen L. Blatt, age 98, formerly of Norfolk and long-time member of St. John's, will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk, with Pastor Justin Wiese officiating. View Helen's obituary & connections with St. John's below.

Helen Louise (Cordts) Blatt, daughter of Henry Fredrick and Minnie Cordts, was born October 24, 1914, on a farm northeast of Pierce, Nebraska. The family later moved into Pierce, and Helen attended Zion Lutheran School. Her family then moved to Norfolk, where her father operated a garage on Norfolk Avenue that was later known as Andy’s Tire Shop.

Helen then attended Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, completing her first year of high school. When her father had a stroke, Helen quit high school and went to work in the usual occupation for young women at that time: housework.  For several years she worked for Dr. and Mrs. Sayer and lived in their home on North 13th Street. While working for them, Helen met Fritz Conrad Blatt at a dance at King’s Ballroom in Norfolk. They were married on June 2, 1934. They joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk at that time, and moved into a home on North First Street, where Helen continued to live for over 60 years.

Fritz was manager of The Sidles Company, and Helen was busy raising the couple’s two sons with whom they were blessed: Fritz Henry Blatt and William Jay Blatt.  As Helen and Fritz raised their family in Norfolk, she was active in her church, and enjoyed gardening and flowers.

When J.C. Penney’s opened at the Sunset Plaza in Norfolk, Helen began working in the children’s department and continued for sixteen years until her retirement in 1982.

Her husband Fritz died in 1972, but she continued living in their home until 1997, when she moved to an apartment in Westside Plaza. She found it comfortable and enjoyed the activities and many friends she knew from work and from St. John’s. 

Helen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk for over 60 years, and was a charter member of the Rebecca Circle (formerly known as St. John’s Ladies Aid). Helen was a faithful regular worshipper at the 8:30 Sunday morning worship service, and would attend the fellowship coffee hour which followed. Helen had many good memories of St. John’s in its early days. Both of her sons were confirmed at St. John’s. Fritz was one of the men who pumped the bellows to help the old pipe organ make music. She was active in Ladies’ Aid which in addition to providing Bible study and fellowship, did so much to raise money to keep the church financially afloat, from buying coal to heat the church, to paying for the new roof, to providing new hymnals. To raise money, they often served dinners for area meetings and conventions. One of their more enjoyable fundraisers was presenting plays. A quarter admitted playgoers to dramatic works such as “Aunt Suzie Shoots the Works” and “Crazy to Reduce.” The women even went on the road to entertain in Pierce and Winside. Helen particularly remembered her role as a gypsy in one such production. The Ladies’ Aid, as well as the Sunday School, met in the Parish House located just south of the old church on Second Street.

Helen was also a member of the Order of The Eastern Star. Helen enjoyed springtime and seeing the beauty of God’s creation: the sky, the clouds, the stars, and nature. She enjoyed flowers, especially sunflowers and her purple clematis. She also loved to dance, and enjoyed watching Major League Baseball. Helen’s favorite color was red, and she enjoyed watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Later in life, Helen moved to Chapman, Kansas, to be near her son, where she lived for several years.

Helen died at age 98 on, Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Valley View Senior Life in Junction City, Kansas.

Graveside services for Helen L. Blatt are being held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk, with Pastor Justin Wiese officiating. Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home of Norfolk is in charge of arrangements.

Helen is survived by her daughter-in-law, June Blatt of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Michael Blatt of Louisville, Nebraska, Tim (wife Rachel) Blatt of Enterprise, Kansas, Jill (husband Marty) Anders of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Jana (husband Chris) Lantz of Kansas City, Missouri; and six great-grandchildren, Garrett Blatt, Kayla Blatt, Christopher Blatt, Ty Lantz, Kate Lantz, and Kristen Anders.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritz Blatt, parents, Henry and Minnie Cordts; sons, Fritz H. Blatt and William J. Blatt; and sisters, Dorothy Ann Carroll and Lavonne Beverly Buchanan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1300 West Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701.

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