Dorothy M. Helmer, 90


Dorothy M. Helmer, 90, of Highland, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at her residence in Highland.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Edwardsville, with the Rev. William E. Kapp of Evangelical United Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Edwardsville. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is assisting the family.

She was born on Wednesday, June 14, 1933, in Collinsville, the daughter of Albert and Agnes (Bulan) Adamick, Sr. and grew up in Maryville. A graduate of Collinsville High School with the class of 1951, she had worked for Dr. Kayer in Highland until starting to raise her family.

On Saturday, June 6, 1953, she married Irvin A. Helmer in Marine, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2019.

She was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron of Highland Chapter in 1987 and the V.F.W. Post #5694 Auxiliary in Highland.

In the early 1970s she attended Belleville Area College, where she earned her nursing degree. She worked for Dr. Hediger and Dr. Hammond for 15 years, and later established an electrolysis business and operated it until 2015.

The last few years were spent taking care of her husband. She had helped operate their farm for many years. Mrs. Helmer was always involved with professional and business activities, and she loved her dog, Mindi.

Mrs. Helmer is survived by her sons, Michael I. Helmer and Mark A. Helmer, both of Highland.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Albert A. Adamick, Sr. on April 18, 1974, and mother, Agnes A. (Bulan) Adamick on Dec. 4, 1948; sister Marcella A. Froncheck on Jan. 14, 2015; and brothers Raymond C. Adamick on April 23, 2015, and Albert W. Adamick, Jr. on Sept. 23, 2018.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ or Madison County Humane Society in Highland.