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Helen (Blohm) Dossche

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014


Helen (Blohm) Dossche passed away peacefully at the age of 95. Helen was the daughter of Herman and Anna (Kirby) Blohm of the Elkhorn District in Watsonville. She was the last surviving granddaughter of James and Mary Kirby, Irish immigrants who settled in the Monterey County in the 1870ís. Helen was the youngest daughter of a family of six. Her siblings were Robert, Kenneth, and Kirby Blohm, Maurine Sherriff and Anna Terry.

Growing up on a big ranch there was always someone to play with and babysit. Helen became an aunt at age 11 and is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Helen had fond memories of walking to the old Hall School on Pini Rd and learning how to swim in the creek that ran into the Elkhorn Slough. She graduated high school in 1936 from Moreland Notre Dame. As a young woman she had several Jobs working as bookkeeper and secretary. During World War II she was employed at several bases in the Ship Service Department.

After the war Helen moved back to Watsonville where she met and fell in love with her husband Peter John Dossche. They were the second generation to be married at St. Patrickís Church, in 1950. In the years to follow they raised five children and built a home in the Springfield District of Watsonville. She continued to live in the same home for 58 years.

Her home was always open to the neighbors and numerous relatives. Throughout her life Helen volunteered with multiple organizations including Boys Scouts, Hall School, Springfield 4-H, Young Ladies Institute (YLI), and Watsonville Pink Ladies. Helen always remained a devote Catholic, teaching Catechism, and attending Sunday Mass.

She was preceded in death by her husband, (of 24 years) Peter John ďSlimĒ, son Dan and daughter Julie. Helen leaves behind her loving children Tim and Paul Dossche, Beth Boles and grandchildren Peter, Megan, and Patrick Dossche, Alexandria Buckley, Curtis Smiley, Matt Aitchison, and Jodi Boles.

Family and friends will remember her strength, courage, and wit. Though she faced great loss throughout her life, Helen was always optimistic and kept a smile on her face.

Viewing and Rosary will take place at Mehlís Colonial Chapel Monday, April 21st. Viewing will begin at 5:00 followed by the Rosary at 7:00. A mass will be held Tuesday, April 22nd, at Assumption Church in Pajaro at 10:00 followed by a graveside ceremony at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Santa Cruz. Family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Helenís honor to Moreland Notre Dame School (133 Brennan St. Watsonville, CA, 95076) or Boy Scout Troop 505 (35 Secondo Way, Watsonville, CA, 95076).

For the complete article see the 04-19-2014 issue.

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