Dolores Marie Helle, the daughter of James and Fairy Rose (Clark) Van Cleave, was born Feb. 29, 1932 in Yale. She passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb.at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 22 days.
Dolores was raised in Yale and graduated from Yale High School in l950. She attended cosmetology school in Des Moines. Dolores worked as a beautician in Storm Lake and then owned and operated a salon in Rembrandt. Dolores was united in marriage to Leroy A. Helle on Oct. 21, 1951 in Yale. They made their home in Rembrandt for six years. In 1962, Dolores and Leroy moved to a farm north of Red Oak, where they lived and farmed for 45 years. She worked for the Learning Resource Center in Red Oak and Stanton. For 27 years, Dolores was an election poll worker in Montgomery County. She was a hospice volunteer and a past 4-H leader. Dolores was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school. She was also involved with the Book and Quilting Clubs in Red Oak, and enjoyed the neighborhood clubs. Dolores and Leroy moved to Glenwood in 2005 and were active in Glenwood's Trinity Lutheran Church.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy Helle on Sept. 19, 2006; daughter, Sarah Kay on May 1, l959; son, Eric on Jan. 22, 2005; and son-in-law, Kreg Greenfield.
Dolores is survived by her two daughters: Elizabeth Maas of El Paso, Texas and Ann Marie Greenfield of Glenwood; four granddaughters: Annette Helle and partner Duran, Cindy Helle and Katherine and Kari Greenfield; great-grandson, Dylan; sisters: Roberta Russell of Jamaica, IA, and Barbara Kipp and husband Richard of Yale; and brother, Lee Edward Van Cleave and wife Frances of Dawson; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Churchin Glenwood with the Rev. Seth Kaiser officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Angels Touch Dementia Program.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com. The Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in Red Oak is in charge of the arrangements.