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Dorothy May Helsel, 84, of Kalkaska, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday March 6, 2018. She was born on Oct. 27, 1933 in Fife Lake to the late Aurthur and Dorothy (South) Hicks.
Dorothy married Jack on Nov. 13, 1948 in Lake City. They were married just a few days short of 54 years when Jack passed away. Dorothy loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a friend to all.
In her free time Dorothy loved crocheting, shopping and family get-togethers. She enjoyed the outdoors where she would work in the flower beds and her yard.
Dorothy worked and retired from F and C Sportswear in Manton.
She will truly be missed by all those who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Jack L. (Kathy) Helsel, of Kalkaska, Timothy A. (Donna) Helsel, of South Boardman, Patricia A. (Randall) Webb, of Fife Lake, Gloria G. (Lonnie) Murphy, of South Boardman, Larry L. (Deanna) Helsel, of Fife Lake, Dawn K. (Donald) Holmes, of Fife Lake, and Joyce M. (Todd) Gasperini, of Kalkaska; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Pearl Bush and Ruth Austin; daughters-in-law, Kathy Jo and Amber; and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack Leo Helsel; sister, Evelyn Pitz; sons, William Aurther and Jerry Lee; and one great-grandchild.
A visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 11 a.m., with at visitation starting one hour prior to service, at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home, 106 S. Cherry St., Kalkaska.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in Dorothy's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 1461 Twelve Mills Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071.
Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.
Published on March 8, 2018
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