Sister of St. Joseph Marie Joseph Helfrich, 91, died Aug. 4, 2003.
Sister Helfrich entered the congregation from her home parish, St.
John the Evangelist in Spencerport, in 1929. She earned her bachelor’s
degree from Nazareth College and taught in diocesan schools until 1962.
Her assignments included St. Ambrose, Corpus Christi, St. Anne, Sacred
Heart and Blessed Sacrament, all in Rochester; Nativity of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Brockport; St. John, Spencerport; St. Anthony, Elmira; and
St. Patrick, Corning.
She then served as a classroom assistant at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help and Holy Rosary schools. She was a parish volunteer at Holy Rosary
after her retirement in 1993 and served in prayer ministry at the
Convent Infirmary since 2000.
Her funeral liturgy was celebrated on Aug. 7 at the motherhouse
chapel by her cousins, Fathers Frederick and Peter Helfrich, with
burial in St. John’s Cemetery, Spencerport. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY