Helen Gertrude Bergquist
May 15, 1915 – May 13, 2018
Helen Gertrude Bergquist, age 102, passed away peacefully at Wesley Homes Healthcare Center in Des Moines, Washington, on May 13, 2018, just two days shy of her 103rd birthday.
Helen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on May 15 1915, the oldest daughter of five children. She moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois where she graduated from Hawthorne High School. It was then that she would begin her career as a secretary, which would later take her to the west coast to work for Seagram’s Distillery, and eventually to the firm of Merrill Lynch. She moved back to Chicago to care for her mother and father until their deaths. She retired from Merrill Lynch (Chicago) in 1974.
Helen touched everyone she met with her quick wit and warm smile. A woman of integrity and intelligence, she was an individual of many interests, and enjoyed keeping up with current events, politics, and the financial world. She was a world traveler, a superb seamstress, and a voracious reader. But most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
She will be deeply missed by her nieces Valerie (John) Weber, Cynthia (Peter Seybold) Bergquist and Cheryl (Donald) Peterson, and her nephews, Mark (Annette) Dricker, James (Tina Green) Sundin, Timothy (Kathy) Bergquist, and Mitchell (Kerry) Bergquist. She was also blessed to have had several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Above all, Helen will be remembered as a loving and supportive daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Her graciousness and kindness will be forever missed.
Helen was predeceased by her father Alfred, her mother Selma (Wickdahl), her brothers William, Arvid, and Thomas, her sister Lorna, and her great-niece Cari.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Wesley Homes Healthcare Center in Des Moines for the kindness, respect, and love they showed our Aunt throughout her residence there over the past years.
A graveside remembrance service will take place at a later date in Burlington, Wisconsin.
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