CARIBOU – Linnea Lorraine (Ostlund) Helstrom passed away March 20, 2012, at a Van Buren health care facility after a short period of declining health. Linnea was born Oct. 20, 1926, in New Sweden, to George and Esther (Nelson) Ostlund.
She attended Caribou High School, graduating in 1944. She married Dale Helstrom, Nov. 1, 1946, and spent the majority of their married life on the family farm in Perham raising potatoes. In addition to being a farmer’s wife, she was her husband’s right hand person on the farm performing any task needed from picking potatoes, driving the potato trucks up and down the field and to and from the potato house, counting tickets at the end of a long day in the field, managing the payroll, and keeping order in the field. Linnea also worked at Birdseye, Golding’s IGA, Mike’s Mighty IGA and at Hicks Insurance Co. Linnea was very proud of her Swedish ancestory and was very active in the Maine Swedish Colony for many years. The annual midsommar festival held in New Sweden was an event that Linnea looked forward to each year and for many years you would find her working in the Swedish gift shop at the event or providing tours of the Ostlund family homestead where she was raised. Linnea was an avid card player and thoroughly enjoyed playing canasta with "the ladies." She was a lover of NASCAR and a "die-hard" Dale Jr. fan. Linnea had very strong family values. She and Dale always put family first in whatever they did. Rich family memories of outings to the family camp at Square Lake, cross-country skiing on the family farm ending with a hot dog roast "down back" on a cold winter day, Christmas eve family gatherings at Linnea and Dale’s home, attending a special event of one of the grandchildren are but a few of the things that Linnea made special for the family and that will be with those that survive her forever.
Linnea is survived by her husband, Dale of Van Buren; her daughter, Lucinda and her husband, Robert Couture, of Woodland; and her daughter, Kathie and her husband, Greg Disy of Caribou. Linnea was a devoted grandmother and is survived by her four grandchildren, Kelly Ferreira and her husband, Benjamin, of Phoenix, Melanie Pratt and her husband, Carl, of Caribou, Jason Disy and his wife, Erin, of Hillsboro, N.H., and Joshua Disy of Caribou. Linnea is also survived by five great-grandchildren who were the apple of their "old grammy," mormor’s – grammy in Swedish – eye, Brandon Moya, Logan Butler, Lexie Disy, Brody Disy and Parker Disy. She also is survived by a brother, Ralph Ostlund of New Sweden; brother-in-law, Carl Helstrom and his wife, Priscilla "Pat," of Florida; sister-in-law, Wanda Loveless and her husband, Claude, of Indiana; sister-in-law, Betty Dickinson and Wendell of Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews. Linnea was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Emil Nelson, Oscar Ostlund, Walter "Buck" Ostlund, Gilbert Ostlund and Maynard Ostlund; and sisters, Alice Anderson, Ruth Carlson and Hilma Lauritsen.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, with J.P. Morgan officiating. Friends may call 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. After the funeral, a reception will be held at the funeral home. Interment will be held later in the spring at Capitol Hill Cemetery, New Sweden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Linnea’s memory may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at