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Helen Cox 10/10/2020

Helen Cox 10/10/2020

Helen L. Cox, 91

Helen Louise (Sohn) Cox, a longtime resident of New Richmond, passed away due to dementia-related complications on October 10, 2020 in Hopkins, Minnesota at the age of 91.

Helen was born on July 7, 1929 to Rev. Otto and Johanna (Reiher) Sohn in Niles, Michigan, and graduated from Flint (MI) Central High School in 1946. Following her graduation from Valparaiso (Indiana) University in 1950, she married Richard Cox and was married nearly 66 years until his death in 2016.

After returning to college and obtaining a master’s degree in 1968, she worked for several years in higher education; first at WITC-New Richmond and then at UW-Stout, where she served as a reference librarian.

In addition to her husband Richard, Helen was predeceased by her son Walter in 1998. She is survived by sons Mark (Judy) and Lawrence (Kathryn), daughter Johanna Stratmoen (Douglas Fish), and brother Dr. Lawrence (Ellen) Sohn of Wauwatosa, WI. Helen is also survived by granddaughters Rebecca (David) Ford, Laura (Krishan) Dassrath, great-grandchildren Edison Ford, Morgan Dassrath and Eloise Dassrath, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Helen’s life was held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond, with a gathering of family and friends beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11.  Interment in the New Richmond Cemetery was private, with arrangements being made through Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services.

Throughout her time in New Richmond, Helen was active in the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or to any charity of the donor’s choosing.


  • Bonnie Klopp Posted October 13, 2020 5:48 pm

    Helen was a beautiful person, inside and out! She was a woman of intelligence, compassion, generosity, and definitely faith. I learned so much from her when she was my sixth grade Sunday School teacher. Her family has gone through much physically, but she was always devoted to their care. She will always remain someone to emulate, even though she is no longer here. She was loved by many in St. Luke’s and the surrounding community. My heartfelt sympathy to you all! -Bonnie

  • Bonnie Klopp Posted October 13, 2020 6:02 pm

    My admiration for Helen Cox began when she was my sixth grade Sunday School teacher. She was a fine lady who displayed integrity, intelligence, compassion, and her faith. Her life had ups and downs, yet she always had a ready smile! She was an active member of St. Luke’s, and everyone there admired her greatly. Helen was a lady of faith who I will continue to strive to emulate even though she is no longer with us. Bill and I extend our deepest sympathy to you all. God bless! -Bonnie

  • Judy Hostvet paulson Posted October 16, 2020 8:16 pm

    I loved Helen. She was so supportive of us ‘small fry’ at St. Luke’s. I taught a class in Collage and she was my student. I will never forget her enthusiasm for sharing/the wrk of her father.

  • Jean K. Posted October 19, 2020 10:44 pm

    She was a wonderful aunt!

  • Lutchmie Charan Posted October 22, 2020 3:39 am

    Rest in paradise, may your beautiful soul find peace and comfort.
    Sincere condolences to her entire family, (Larry, Kathy) (Mark,Judy) (Jo, Doug ) grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Love always, Dayanand and Lutchmie Charan, and Family

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