Sister Mary Sharon Heilman, 78 - Catholic Courier

Sister Mary Sharon Heilman, 78

Sister of St. Joseph Mary Sharon Heilman, 78, died at the congregation’s motherhouse on Jan. 29, 2004.
 

Sister Heilman, a native of Holy Apostles Parish, Rochester, entered the order in 1944. She earned bachelor’s degrees in education and English from Nazareth College. She then taught for 12 years in diocesan schools including Holy Apostles, St. Monica, Immaculate Conception and St. Francis Xavier, all in Rochester, before serving as principal at St. Stephen, Geneva, and at St. Stanislaus and Our Mother of Sorrows Schools in Rochester.
 

In 1977 she achieved her dream of becoming a nurse and served at the congregation’s infirmary and at Park Ridge Hospital and Nursing Home until her retirement in 1989. She then was receptionist at Sacred Heart Cathedral rectory for 10 years.
 

Sister Heilman is survived by her nieces, Sharon Wells of Syracuse and Paulette (James) Comparato of Florida and her sisters in the congregation. Her funeral liturgy was celebrated on Feb. 2 in the motherhouse chapel with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

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