Helen L. Dorner

January 1, 2012

Helen L. Dorner 89, of Frankfort, IN, went to be with the Lord at 3:45 p.m. January 1, 2012 at the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community, surrounded by her daughters and son’s in law. Born November 12, 1922 in Frankfort, IN to the late Charles I. & Ruth (Goldsberry) Simmons. She married John H. Dorner on May 20, 1944 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Frankfort and he preceded her in death on September 6, 1976. Mrs. Dorner was a 1940 graduate of Frankfort High School and a lifelong Frankfort resident. From 1961, she was a bookkeeper working at the Superintendant’s Office for the Community Schools of Frankfort for 29 years, retiring in 1990. She had previously worked as an Avon Representative and for Indiana Bell as a Telephone Operator. Prior to moving to Mulberry Health and Retirement Community in September 2011, Mrs. Dorner was a faithful and active member of the Grace Baptist Church and in the Grace Group there. She was also a member of Retired Clinton County Educations Secretaries, V.I.P. Club and was an active participant of the Clawson Travel Club for many years. She loved her family, thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them, enjoyed knitting and her beloved pet dog, Nickie.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Grace Baptist Church, 900 South Maish Rd., Frankfort. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 4th from 4-8 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Grace Baptist Church.

Survived by:

3 Daughters: Jerilynn (Kenny) Hodson of Rossville, Suzann (Ronald) Wainscott of Mulberry and Christine (Gene) Barker of Frankfort 12 Grandchildren and 37 Great Grandchildren

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by a sister, Jewel Calvert of Whittier, CA.


2 Condolences for “Helen L. Dorner”

  1. Scott, Kristlyn, and Lola Merritt January 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will miss her kindness towards our family, her warm smile and friendly waves, but most of all, we will miss our wonderful neighbor. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

  2. Eric L. Mundell January 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    To Helen’s beloved family:
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother and grandmother’s passing. She was always a delight, and I can’t remember her ever without a warm smile or a playful chuckle. Helen was always a good friend to my mother, Virginia, and our family. There were so many Sundays we spent sharing a pew with her and her cousin Joan at First Christian–good memories! I’ve heard much about Helen’s health decline and was very saddened, but thankful that her suffering wasn’t extended over too long a period of time. I’m glad she was well enough, at least until until the last several months, to enjoy life, her family and her activities. Sending much love to you all!

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