Dorothy Frances Helley
1925 - 2020
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December 25, 1925 ˜ September
26, 2020

Dorothy Frances Kapus Helley was born on December 25, 1925, to Anton and Frances Kapus at the family homestead in Ridgefield, Washington. She graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1944. Following graduation, she worked at ALCOA. It was during this time that she met Max Helley on a blind date at a Portland Beaver baseball game. They were married on March 18, 1950, sharing their anniversary date with Dorothy’s parents. Together, Dorothy and Max had three children: Les, Diane and Susan. Dorothy became a single parent after Max passed away in 1962. After raising their children, Dorothy opened her home and her heart to her grandniece, JoJo, whom she loved and raised as her daughter. Dorothy never remarried, saying 12 years with Max were better than a lifetime with anyone else.
Dorothy was a founding member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and was proud that her family was recognized as a pioneer family in Washington State. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Max Helley; her parents, Anton and Frances Kapus; and her brother, Tony Kapus. She is survived by her children: Les (Connie), Diane, Susan (Jeffrey), and JoJo (Robert), and her grandchildren: Michelle (Justin), Chris, Amy, Tony and Maya.
A funeral Mass was held on October 3, 2020 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Catholic Community Services (; 100 23rd Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98124). Dorothy is at rest with Max at St. Mary of Guadalupe Catholic Cemetery in Ridgefield, Washington.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 4, 2020.
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October 14, 2020
Dorothy was a sweet lady who loved her family dearly. I remember her laugh and her homemade cookies. Love and prayers of support to Les, Diane, Susan, Jojo, and all the family.
Junemarie Justus
October 8, 2020
My thanks for Dorothy's love and support over the last 55 years. Blessings and joy eternal with our loving Savior.
Michael OBrien
October 7, 2020
my family lived on the same street in Fruit Valley (27th St.) when everyone worked at alcoa. i Remember them Both. i was a teenager then.
my parents were Alma and Bud Burgess and my aunt and uncle were Glenn and Gladys Johnson who were also friends with your Mom and Dad..
I may have an old photo or two of your Parents. I will look.
Prayers to your whole family.
Jerry Burgess
jerald Burgess
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