Helga A. Lundquist, 93, of rural Washta, former long- time Meriden area resident, passed away Jan. 19, 2009 at Countryside Estates in Cherokee.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 22 at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Larry Ostercamp officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery, rural Meriden. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements, and on - line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Helga was born April 24, 1915 in rural Quimby to Ernest and Hannah (Nelson) Swanson. She attended country school in the Cleghorn area., and was married to Raymond N. Lundquist on July 1, 1936 at the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church. Helga lived on a farm near Washta from 1993 - 2003, and prior to that on a farm north of Meriden. Helga entered Countryside Estates in February of 2003.
Helga was a member of the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, the Women's Missionary Society and the White Cross.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray on Aug. 11, 1993; one brother, Garness Swanson; and three sisters, Martha Larson, Ethel Morrow and Dorothy Sullivan.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter: James Lundquist and his wife Rosie of Rock Rapids, Iowa ; Loren Lundquist and his wife Lynn of Custer, S.D.; and Doreen Todd and her husband Marlan of Washta; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Vera Swanson of Hutchinson, Minn. and Marjorie Lundquist of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews.