Winifred "Winnie" Blohm Cummins
September 8, 1921 - December 14, 2020
Winifred "Winnie" Cummins, 99, died peacefully due to complications from a fall on December 14, 2020, at Sunrise of Roseville Assisted Living in Roseville, Minnesota.
Winifred Evelyn Blohm was born September 8, 1921 in Lake City, Minnesota to Jasper and Albertina Blohm. From an early age, she was eager to learn and attend their country school. As soon as she could read herself, she taught her younger brothers at home.
At age 11, her family moved from their farm in rural Mazeppa, Minnesota to rural Chatauqua, New York. As a child of the Depression, she shared in the work on their farm after school each day and learned from her parents that even though they sometimes didn’t have much, they could always help someone with less. When she entered Chautauqua High School, her principal encouraged her to take the college preparation track, and she loved the advanced science classes, Latin, French, and classical literature.
After she graduated in 1939, Winnie moved to Illinois to attend and graduate from Evanston Collegiate Institute (now Kendall College) near Chicago, which featured a unique work-study program allowing students to attend without going into debt. She worked for several years in Chicago before eventually settling in St. Louis. There she worked in the bacteriology lab at Barnes Hospital for many years.
Winnie was an active member at St. John’s Methodist Church, especially in the Forum group, where she and others gathered for Sunday suppers and developed life-long friendships. It was at the Forum gatherings where she met Joseph Cummins. They were married on Aug.1, 1974, and enjoyed 10 years together before he died on Dec. 20, 1984. Following his death, she continued to manage the apartment building they owned until moving to Bethesda Orchard at age 79.
Throughout her life, Winnie had many friends and loved visiting, embroidery, handcrafts of all sorts, reading and keeping up with world and local events. She delighted in exploring her beloved St. Louis with all her visitors. At her church and at Orchard House she volunteered with coffee hour, hospice, annual bazaars, and other events. Outgoing and kind, Winnie was always concerned that people needed to be more considerate of one another. She thought the best of people she
met, and encouraged kindness and tolerance of differences.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Joan Blohm of Fredonia, New York, special niece and close companion Susan Blohm of Arden Hills, nieces Nancy (Allan) Halvorsen, Carol (Bradley) Soma, Diane (Lee) Reiersgord, Janet (Vaughan) Pultz, Karen (Daniel) Black; Christine (Andrew) Obertanec and nephew, Jeffrey (Fawn) Blohm, and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe Cummins, brothers Henry and Charles Blohm, and sister-in-law Doris Blohm.
Private family services have been held.