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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Mary Lou Helsel, d. April 16, 2014

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  • Mary Lou Helsel, 88, died April 16, 2014, at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
    She was born July 10, 1925, at Iuka, the daughter of Mathais and Rosa Loesel Welli. A lifetime Iuka resident, she was a cashier at the Iuka State Bank for many years and was a homemaker.
    On May 22, 1946, she married Harold Eugene Helsel at Larned. He died Jan. 7, 1998.
    Survivors include a son, Tom Helsel and wife Linna Jane, and a daughter, Janice George and husband Brad, all of Iuka; four grandchildren, L.J. Windholz, Jonathan Helsel and wife Cady, Lacie Voss and Luke George; and five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Courtney, Alison, Kyler and Kash.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, George Welli; and two sisters, Laura Haws and Rosa Hemphill.
    No public services will be held; a private family inurnment will be held at Iuka Cemetery at a later date. Friends may sign the register book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary.
    Memorials may be made to Pratt Area Humane Society or to Alzheimer’s research, both in care of the mortuary, 115 E. Fourth, Pratt, KS 67124.
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