Helen Block, 85 - May 12, 2014Helen Virginia Block, 85, of Gothenburg passed away Monday, May 12, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services will be conducted at the American Lutheran Church on Friday, May 16, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jon Mapa officiating. A private family interment will take place at the American Lutheran Christ Cemetery at Gothenburg.
A visitation will be at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Thursday, May 15, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Block was born Sept. 29, 1928, at Cozad, daughter of Alfred and Catharine (Onkst) Richey.
She graduated from Cozad High School and attended Teacher’s College in Kearney, teaching country school near Cozad for four years.
On July 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to Virgil Block at the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Cozad.
She was employed as a retail clerk at W.J. O’Connor’s, A&L Variety and Ben Franklin for numerous years.
Block was a member of a Women’s Extension Club and AAL (Thrivent for Lutherans). As a young teenager, she also volunteered at the North Platte Canteen.
She enjoyed baking, cooking, crocheting, bingo and reading as well as having company and spending time with her grandchildren, according to family members.
Block was preceded in death by: her parents, Alfred and Catharine; her husband, Virgil Richard Block in 1982; three sisters—Vivian Kerr, Harriet Richey and Martha Richey; a brother, George Richey.
?Survivors include: her two daughters—Jeanne Sitorius of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Joyce (Norv) Kolbo of Gothenburg; her son, Steve (Beth) Block of Steele City; four grandsons—Jeremy (Tricia) Sitorius of Gothenburg, Todd (Heidi) Block of Fremont, Lathen Block and Lyndon Block, both of Steele City; three granddaughters—Jennifer (David)Campa of San Luis Obispo, Amy (James) Headley of Gothenburg and Karabeth Block of Fremont; three great-granddaughters—Kenidi Campa of San Luis Obispo, Nataleagh Sitorius and Liliana Sitorius of Gothenburg; three great-grandsons—Colton Campa of San Luis Obispo, Joseph Headley and Benjamin Headley of Gothenburg; three step-grandsons—Scott Kolbo, Chad and his sons, Trey and Zach Kolbo, and Dirk (fiancée Kay Kaczor) Kolbo; step-granddaughter, Angie and her children, Dalton and Shelby Johnston; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Ave. F, Gothenburg, NE 69138.