Helen V. J. Bilslend
Helen V. J. Bilslend, age 95, of Shelton, died Monday, April 2, 2018, at her home. Services were held Thursday, April 5, at Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River with Pastor Darrell Holzinger officiating. Burial was in the Wood River Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to AsceraCare Hospice or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Helen Viola June Bilslend was born October 19, 1922, at Wood River to Vernie and Elizabeth (Laue) Brown. Helen grew up and received her education at Wood River, graduating from Wood River High School in 1939. She married LeRoy V. Bilslend January 12, 1942. Following LeRoy’s military service, the couple made their home in Wood River where they resided their entire life. Helen’s hobbies included crocheting, needlepoint, numerous crafts, ceramics, reading, canning, gardening and baking chocolate cakes. She always stressed the importance of family and making sure that all were treated equally. Survivors include four sons and daughters-inlaw, Stanley E. and Donna Bilslend, of Wood River, Elmer L. Bilslend, of Tecumseh, William H. and Linda Bilslend, of Cozad, and Jerome K. and Dotty Bilslend, of Shelton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Lyle Beck, of Kearney, and Janet K. Berry, of Osceola; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Donna Brown, of Omaha. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy; grandson, Brian Bilslend; five brothers, Vernon, Frank, Elmer, Joseph, and Bernard Brown; and four sisters, Dorothy Collver, Kathryn White, Ruby Boyll, and Elizabeth Zimmerman.