August 5, 2019


Helen DeSart, 99, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Lake City, with Father Lynn Bruch celebrating, and burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Lake City.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Helen Marguerite DeSart was born on Feb. 10, 1920, in Renwick, Iowa, to Louis and Theresa (Friedrich) Schaller. She graduated from Kanawha and Corwith High School in 1936 and then attended cosmetology college in Fort Dodge, graduating in 1940. On Sept. 13, 1942, she married Harold Ralph (Pete) DeSart in Rolla, Missouri.

Helen moved to Lake City in March 1941 and worked in local beauty shops until opening her own beauty salon where she worked until her retirement in 2009. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary 31, the Shakespeare Club (past president), St. Theresa Sodality (past president) and St. Mary Catholic Church, Lake City.

Helen is survived by her daughter-in-law Tina DeSart of Las Vegas, Nevada; son-in-law Les Arganbright of Bowman, Georgia; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Pete, in 1975; sons, Jim and Ron DeSart; and daughter, Michele Arganbright.