Sherrie Ann Blomstrom was welcomed into her heavenly home on February 2, 2024. She was surrounded by her loving family here in Helena, Montana, at the time of her passing. She was 76 years of age.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Tynes; her brother, Kevin Croy; and her newborn daughter, Lisa Bicsak.
Sherrie is survived by her dear, loving husband and soulmate, Robert F. Blomstrom; brother, Brian Croy (and family); sister-in-law, Mary Ann Pankratz (Jerry and family); sister, Kim Lloyd (niece Chloe); daughter, Donna Bicsak Stanford (Amy McDonald); stepson, Robert C. Blomstrom; grandson, Steffen C. Meeks (Summer); granddaughters, Madison E. Graham (Joshua), Tyler Blomstrom, and Paige Molina (and great-granddaughter, Seve); nephew, Jason Croy (Conchita and family) and many other extended family members and friends. Sherrie considered Kathleen (Noonan) Putnam and Amy her bonus daughters.
Sherrie was born on June 27, 1947, in Princeton, Minnesota. She was extraordinarily bright and gifted with many talents. As a child in a military family, she shared fond memories of spending time in Morocco, where she had the opportunity to become proficient in Equestrian Arabian horse riding and fluent in French. Sherrie’s talents included a love of language, endless reading, ceramics, supporting mental health, loving, and giving hugs! She gave and was filled with unconditional love.
She spent the majority of her life living in Great Falls, Montana. She worked as a legal secretary, bookkeeper, and then for the local IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) for many years. Many times, the workers were known to call her just so they could hear her beautiful and soothing voice. She always had a way of making people feel valued, important, and heard. She also utilized this special gift to volunteer for the local crisis line in Great Falls to help others in need.
Sherrie met Bob Blomstrom when she was a young teenager. She is fondly remembered to have been flirting with him in study hall by pretending to powder her nose to “secretly” look at him with her compact mirror and shine her beautiful smile at him, along with a special twinkle in her pretty blue eyes. Due to varying life circumstances, they each ventured down different paths for several years. Sherrie married Art Bicsak, and they had two daughters: Lisa, who passed away shortly after birth, and Donna.
In her younger years, she enjoyed supporting the youth group and Boy Scout adventures at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Falls. She had a very strong faith in God and helped support many families in church and those who were part of the Bicsak Ambulance Service. The Bicsak family was a huge part of her early life; Charlie and Helen embraced and loved her as their own. Art, her husband at the time, his brothers, their wives, and extended relatives and friends were a very special family to her.
Years later, the glorious stars aligned, and Sherrie reconnected with Bob. She was able to find pure love, inner peace, joy, and happiness with her “Bob Angel”. Their love was bigger than life – it was a love that was true and unconditional through sickness and health. They enjoyed many years together and loved traveling and visiting Bob’s son, Rob and his children, and Donna’s family and children. Sherrie enjoyed being a “Harley Chick” with Bob. Being “Grandma” brought so much joy to Sherrie’s life.
Sherrie also deeply loved her Shih Tzu puppies, who have been special, loving, and loyal companions for her. Beginning in the 1980s, there was Meghan, then Maxie, then Lacy, and now her precious Suzi Q. Suzi’s calling was most definitely a therapy and service dog who brought her great comfort and lovingly snuggled her through her last breaths here on earth, supporting her in her next journey into the loving and welcoming arms of our Lord.
Sherrie’s family is deeply grateful to all of the caring and patient staff at BeeHive Assisted Living in Helena, who lovingly supported her and her dear husband, Bob, during this challenging journey. They are also grateful to the wonderful hospice team (St. Peters Hospital) who helped during such a difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family gladly accepts warm thoughts, prayers, and many hugs, as these will be needed. If desired, one may contribute to psp.org (CURE PSP). Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative disorder that has no known cause or cure. “Because Hope Matters”. https://www.psp.org/ , https://www.psp.org/iwanttohelp/
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home with a burial to follow the service at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. The service will be livestreamed for those that cannot attend in person.