OLEAN - Helen Ehman Cruse Dohl, of 715 King St., passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Thursday (June 12, 2014) after a long and fulfilling life.
Born April 14, 1912, in Raymond Hill, she was the daughter of the Rev. Albert G. and Ella Spaeth Ehman. In 1940, she married Ernest Cruse, who predeceased her in 1956. In 1967, she married J. Paul Dohl who predeceased her in 1996.
Mrs. Dohl was a graduate of Olean High School and attended Buffalo State Teachers College, the University of Buffalo, McGill University and St. Bonaventure University. She had a career teaching Latin, French and English at Allegany Central School for five years, and later in Olean High School for 20 years, retiring in 1968.
She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Butterfly Circle, the United Methodist Women, Women's Ecumenical of Greater Olean, and, along with her husband Paul, she served for the United Methodist Committee on Relief in South Korea from 1968 to 1971. She also belonged to the AARP and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, through which she was a longtime volunteer for Interfaith Caregivers until 2008, and Meals on Wheels until 2000. She also volunteered for the Olean General Hospital Auxiliary. Professionally, she was a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Association and a charter member of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
She traveled extensively through Europe and the U.S. and also on mission tours in Israel and Mexico. She accompanied her husband Paul as they were selected to be the companions to and travel through the South Pacific with Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken for his promotional tour. They maintained a relationship with the Colonel and his wife until each of their deaths.
Surviving are a son, James W. Cruse of Phoenix; two stepsons, Bert R. Dohl of Olean and Paul R. Dohl of Naples, Fla.; three grandsons, Jason Cruse, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Cruse and Matthew Cruse; a great-granddaughter, Braily Cruse; 10 step-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Ehman Wilck of Lyons.
In addition to both her husbands, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Anne Frances Cruse in 1942; two step-grandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Laura Mae Ehman, Burnice Brown and Elvera Ehman; and a brother, Albert Ehman.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (June 17, 2014) at Christ United Methodist Church. The Rev. Suzanne Block, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.