Dolores Dira Helfferich, beloved wife of deceased Barney R. Helfferich, and mother of 4 children, died on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Dolores came into this world on January 6, 1930 and was the 1st born child of the late Elsie (Brant) Dira and Franklin Dira. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Barney, and her brother Howard.
Dolores and Barney met while singing in the St. James Lutheran church choir. They married on September 16, 1950 and soon after decided to build their own stone home in Lawson Heights. There they raised their family and resided for 60 yrs.
Dolores was an accomplished vocalist and enjoyed singing with Barney for over 50 years in their Lutheran church choirs. She extremely enjoyed being with her family and liked to travel, dance, and cook homemade food for her friends and family. She also was a retired Intake Interviewer with the Department of Labor & Industry.
Dolores is survived by her 4 children, Rex (Louise), Scott (Gina), Wren Shaulis (Guy), & Buck (Maryann). She also has 7 grandchildren, Jason, Brandi, Alina, Nicholas, Alex Joseph, Joshua, and Nathaniel, 5 step grandchildren, Jacob, Danielle, Ashley, Amanda, and Ally, 4 great grandchildren, Zachary, Stacey, Ben, & Amy, 1 nephew Richard, and 1 niece Kimberly.
A private family celebration of her life will be held at the Hartman Graziano Funeral Home Inc., 1500 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA. with the Rev. Bill Schaefer from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Latrobe officiating. Private interment will take place in Unity Cemetery. Donations, in Dolores’ remembrance, may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, at 1325 Mission Rd, Latrobe, PA 15650 or to The Salvation Army at www.salvationarmyusa.org.