Helen T. Aarsvold
Tuesday, October 18, 1927
Date of Death:
Sunday, September 13, 2020
92 years old
Helen T. Aarsvold
Helen Theresa Aarsvold, 92 of Rochester died on September 13, 2020 at Cottagewood Senior Campus.
Helen Theresa Sullivan was born on October 18, 1927 to William and Catherine (O’Neill) Sullivan in Rochester, MN. Helen and Pete Aarsvold were married and later divorced. That marriage was blessed with five children. Helen worked at Mayo Clinic for twenty years. After her retirement, she was a nanny for many families in the Rochester area. She was an active and proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Tradition 3, for twenty-five years, where she made many friends. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and always was a great hostess who was very happy to entertain family and friends.
Helen loved adventure and went sky diving at age 86! Also, she liked to tell stories of river rafting on the Colorado River, and memorable trips to Hawaii.
She is survived by her children Jerry (Freda) Aarsvold of Simpson, MN, Bill Aarsvold of Ham Lake, MN, Judy (Bud) Roy of Zimmerman, MN, Brenda (John) O’Riordan of Fruita, CO, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, her sisters Lou Schroeder of Brainerd, MN, and Kay Merritt of Grand Prairie, TX.
She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, a sister, and a son.
A private memorial service for Helen will be held at a later date. Her ashes will be buried in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Simpson, MN.
A big “thank-you” is extended to her caregivers at Cottagewood, and the staff of Heartland Hospice.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com
The family of Helen T. Aarsvold has received the following condolences.
My deepest sympathies to you for the loss of your Mother. She was a wonderful, kind and special lady. I rented the top floor of her house many years ago & she always was kind to me. My mother, who knew her from Mayo, told me of her passing. Sending you peace and love.
My heart is broken! Never have a known a more beautiful and kind person. She was my aunt and I could talk to her whenever I wanted. I'll never will forget her. My heart goes out to all of you kids.
I remember back in the late 60’s hanging out with Judy at her home and “Mrs A” was always busy with projects, but would take time to talk. She was a fun lady. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Julie (Gentling) Kalar
You all had a wonderful mother. I connsider myself lucky to have known her. Thinking of you all.
Helen was part of a great memory I had of our old neighborhood on 12th. The Aarsvold's had a small goldfish pond in their back yard, and I would go over unannounced and torment the fish (rocks, twigs, leaves... whatever). All of a sudden, Helen was standing behind me and I thought for sure I was get a smack upside the head for fooling around in the fish pond. Instead, she asked me if I wanted to feed them. She was suddenly not a stern, angry neighborhood adult and showed some naughty kid who didn't deserve it her kindness. I haven't forgotten that in nearly 50 years.
Jefferson Long, Byron MN
We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Loved that woman, she lived life to the fullest.
RIP Dear Helen. Condolences to the Aarsvolds.
We remember the times when Helen watched our children while we vacationed. She was a real "spitfire". We loved listening to her life stories. Our prayers go out to her family at this difficult time.
Sympathies to the family. I often enjoyed chatting with Helen when visiting my parents at Cottagewood. What a beautiful job she did with the many detailed pictures she colored.
Judy and family,
My deepest sympathies in the passing of your mother. It was a difficult experience in “normal” times. You are in my thoughts.