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Betty Jean Helsel

June 23, 1926 ~ October 13, 2019 (age 93)


Betty Jean Helsel, 93, of Parker, Perryville, Clarion County, passed from this life to eternal life with Jesus, October 13, 2019 at Shippenville Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Betty was born June 23, 1926 in Turkey City. She was the daughter of the late Homer C. and Carrie A. Best Wetzel. Betty attended schools in Salem Township, Blairs Corners, and Saint Petersburg. On May 9, 1946, she married Clarence E. Snow. Mr. Snow died in a tragic hunting accident in Marienville on November 29, 1948. She married David G. Helsel on June 23, 1951 in Rimersburg. During her 56 years of marriage, she and David enjoyed traveling to Europe and Florida. Mr. Helsel preceded her in death on February 5, 2007. Mrs. Helsel was a longtime, active-member of the West Freedom United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Betty enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, making afghans and sweaters, baking, and flower gardening. She was an excellent homemaker, and a wonderful mother and grandmother. In her later years, Betty had resided at Bridgeview Apartments in Emlenton. Betty was preceded in death by her only child, Janice Helsel Fisher, who passed away on December 6, 2012.

She is survived by a grandson, Joshua Fisher, and his wife, Jackie, of Emlenton; a granddaughter Adrienne Fallecker, and her husband, Greg, of Weatherford, TX; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Mikkenzie, and Westin; a brother, Judd Wetzel, of New Castle, a sister-in-law, Helen Wetzel, of Emlenton; as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husbands and her daughter, Betty was preceded in death by three brothers, Chester, C. Paul, and Grover; twin siblings Richard and Ila, three sisters, Dorothy Alworth, Shirley Dittman, and Martha Fabian, as well as a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A private interment will take place Friday at Perryville Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Emlenton United Methodist Church, with the church pastor, Rev. Paula Gruzca, officiating. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Helsel’s name may be made to the West Freedom United Methodist Church, 3202 Lime Plant Rd, Parker, PA 16049-5226, or the Emlenton United Methodist Church, PO Box 721, Emlenton, PA 16373. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home Inc., Emlenton. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit

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