Helen Dorsett

Helen Dorsett, 96, of Bertha passed away February 25, 2018, at the Little Falls Care Center with her family by her side. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the Faith United Church of Christ in Bertha, with Pastor Dave Seaton presiding. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. 

Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, Bertha.

 Arrangements were by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes, Wadena.

Helen was born March 22, 1921, near Howard, SD, to Wilbur and Vivian Fae (Elliot) Clites. She grew up in the Carthage area and graduated from Carthage High School in 1939. After graduation, Helen attended Wessington Spring College and taught in rural schools in South Dakota. She continued her education at Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD before moving to Ortley, SD, where she continued teaching. 

She married Calvin Dorsett in 1944. They moved to Staples in 1957, all the while teaching in  rural schools. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State in 1962, and went on to teach in the Bertha-Hewitt School until her retirement in 1985. Helen  was active in her community, belonging to Bible study, the Women’s Club, Women’s Guild, Teacher’s Retirement Group and was a senior representative to the Todd County Council.

Helen is survived by one daughter, Emilee Jasmer of St. Cloud; one son, Edwin (Nancy) Dorsett of Glyndon; one brother, Duane (Janet) Clites of Litchfield; three sisters-in-law; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; 10 brothers and sisters; one grandson, Steve and son-in-law, Gerald. 

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