Aloydis L. Eckman, 91, of rural Blair died Friday, December 14, 2018, surrounded by family in the Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in La Crosse.
Aloydis was born on August 14, 1927 to Carl and Gina (Gimse) Helstad. She married Carl Jerome Eckman in French Creek, WI on June 29, 1946. They owned and operated the grocery store in Iduna, WI and farmed for 33 years on Carl’s home farm in Peterson Coulee Blair, WI where they raised four children. Carl preceded her in death on April 20, 2013.
Aloydis enjoyed camping with family and friends, rosemaling, calligraphy, quilting, listening to music, playing cards, painting and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee. She also had a large doll collection and loved watching the Green Bay Packers play, but especially loved spending time with her family. She held a strong faith and was a member of the Fagernes Ladies Aid and Circle.
Aloydis is survived by four children, Audrey Holland, Brooklyn, WI, Lou Ann (Ron) Weldon, LaCrosse, WI, Gary (ElJane) Eckman, Blair, WI and Carol (Steve) Sill, Stoddard, WI; eight grandchildren, Denise (Matt) Stack, Brian (Michelle) Holland, Melissa (Todd) Delaney, Chad (Becky) Eckman, Travis (Angie) Eckman, Brittnie (Mike) McMahon, Tara (friend Rob) Weldon and Nicole (Matt) Martin; twenty great-grandchildren, Teagen, Lily, Kyle, Jentri, Zachary, Marissa, Alyssa, Nicholas, Mikayla (Danny), Brett, Alivya, Dawson, Danika, McKenna, Austin, Allison, Jaxon, Jaden, Hope, and Grant; three great-great-grandchildren, Alyn, Kiara, and Gunner; two brothers, Carlyle (Janet) Helstad and Verdell (Carol) Helstad; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Aloydis was preceded in death by son-in-law; Harvey Holland; grandson Mark Holland; granddaughter Sandy Holland, and great-grandchild Jacqueline Holland.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fagernes Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery both in rural Blair. Pastor Arlan Helstad will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 5 -7 p.m. on Tuesday December 18, 2018 in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
The Jack Funeral Home in Blair is assisting the family with arrangements.