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Helen Broitzman, 1926-2018

Helen P. Broitzman, 92, of Austin died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Helen Broitzman

Helen Pearl was born Feb. 7, 1926, to Percy A. and Francis (Bergerson) Cook. She was born and baptized in Orrock. She was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Myrtle. She attended high school in Austin. On Feb. 28, 1943, she married Leaon E. Broitzman.

Leaon and Helen farmed near Gordonsville, Albert Lea and Northwood. Helen was a cook for many years at Northwood Retirement Home. In 1972, Helen and Leaon bought the “Anchorage,” a small fishing resort in Longville. Four years later they moved to Minneapolis, and in 1985 they settled in Austin.

Helen was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She loved her church and circle. She enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center and the Moose Lodge. She also enjoyed going to bingo and the casino. For many years she was one of the “Lefsa Ladies.” She loved making baby quilts for family, friends and foster children in Mower County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, three brothers, a great-granddaughter and Arnold Bergstrom, her fiance of 10 years.

Helen is survived by her daughters and son-in-law JoAnn Charlson of Albert Lea, Bonnie Broitzman of Albert Lea and Jacqueline and Harold Dietz of Austin; sons and daughters-in-law Richard and Mary Ann Broitzman of Shevlin and Darold and Barbara Broitzman of Mankato; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Pat) Avery, of Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Niethammer will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday for one hour before the service. Interment will be at Wander’s Rest Cemetery in Gordonsville.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church or to Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.