The family of Helen Blaskey, of Middleton, and formerly of Antigo, is saddened to announce her death on April 13, 2018, at age 91. She was born Helen Gertrude Ripple on February 14, 1927 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Gerald and Grace Holmes Ripple. When 19 she moved to Stevens Point where she met Ray J Blaskey. They were married on December 27, 1947. After a short residence in Crandon, Ray and Helen moved to Antigo, in 1953. They were married 53 years before Ray preceded her in death in 2001. Three sisters also predeceased her, Geraldine Ripple Heidecker, Grace Ripple Streeter and Janet RippleBoppre.
Helen is survived by her children, Tom Blaskey, Middleton, Mary Blaskey Wells, also of Middleton, and Mark Blaskey and his wife Emily Rogers Blaskey of Altoona; two grandchildren, Sarah Blaskey of Miami, FL and Dylan Blaskey of New Orleans, LA; by her brother Paul Ripple of West Bend; and numerous relatives and friends throughout Wisconsin.
During her working life Helen was a secretary at Antigo High School. She took up golf when she had the opportunity and was a avid bowler, many times winning recognition for bowling a game of 200 or better. Helen was also a talented craftswomen, creating beautiful cross stitch pieces and taking up watercolor painting in her late 70’s.
The family belonged to St. Mary’s Parish from 1953 until Ray’s death in 2001 when Helen moved to Middleton.
Helen was also known for her volunteer activities, starting at her parish in Antigo. She was a Girl Scout leader and past president of the Parent Teacher Association. She joined and worked with the Leland-Tollefson Post 2653 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Antigo for many years and has served as a term president. She was also a member of the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post #3, Auxiliary also in Antigo. When she moved to Middleton, she served with the American Red Cross.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. David Schmidt officiating. Burial will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Bradley Funeral Home and 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross 4860 Sheboygan Ave, Madison, WI 53705
or to Hospice of the donor’s choice.