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Carolina Mae “Kitty” Helser

Carolina Mae “Kitty” Helser, 90, of Somerset, formerly of Glenford, died June 3, 2017, at Thornville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Kitty was born February 1, 1927, in Thurston, the daughter of the late George L. and Mary Edna Moore Bourgeois.

She was a 1944 graduate of Glenford High School. She was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, and was also a member of the United Methodist Women, having served as president. She also taught Sunday School at the United Church of Christ near Glenford. She was a life member of the Glenford and Sheridan Jr. High School PTA where she had served as president, a member of the Glenford Fire Dept. Sparks, and a member of Thornville American Legion Auxiliary #342. She was also the crossing guard supervisor at Glenford Elementary.

Kitty retired after 28 years of service from Toy Ladies Party Plan where she had been a supervisor and demonstrator. She also worked for Western Products as a draftsman, Mounds Packaging, and Essex Wire, and worked five years at the Perry County Rehab until she was 80. She was co-owner and operator of the Glenford Restaurant, and helped start the Glenford Food Pantry while on Mission Outreach, and served on the Franciscan Sisters Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by five sons, Randy E. Helser of New Lexington, W. Andy (Lynn) Helser of Glenford, George L. (Debbie) Helser of Glenford, David L. (Peggy) Helser of Cooperdale and John G. (Patricia) Helser of Somerset; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one great grandson on the way; one sister, JoAnn Henderson of Glenford.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Jesse Helser Jr. (June 25, 1985); a daughter-in-law, Beatrice V. Helser; two sisters, Frances V. Cooperrider and infant sister, Mabel Irene Bourgeois; and a brother, DeWayne “Bud” Bourgeois.

Services were held at June 7, 2017, with Pastors David Helser and John Edwards officiating. Burial followed in Highland Cemetery, Glenford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church for their youth programs.

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