Sister Helen Therese Pelc died peacefully on October 17, 2021 at St. Francis Park in the 91st year of life and the 72nd year of religious life.
Sr. Helen Therese was born on June 26, 1930 in Auburn, NY to the late Walter and the late Stella (nee Tarby) Pelc. On January 5, 1948, she became a postulant and on July 12, 1952, Sister Helen Therese professed her final vows.
Sister Helen Therese attended Rosary Hill College, Buffalo, NY, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. For over thirty years she taught God’s youngest people. Always willing to go where needed, she taught in many schools in the states of Connecticut, Maryland,Wisconsin, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania. When her teaching career ended, Sr. Helen Therese accepted and served in a wide variety of convent ministries to her sisters including, library aide, driver and phone receptionist. Sr. Helen Therese joined her sisters in the convent care community in 2015.
Sr. Helen Therese attended St. Hyacinth’s School in Auburn, NY where she first met the FSSJs. She helped out in school on a regular basis and helped decorate the altar in the church. Sr. Helen Therese cultivated a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Mother and St. Therese the Little Flower. In her free time, Sister enjoyed conversing with her relatives, watching EWTN and collecting roses. Earlier in her life she enjoyed crocheting and reading stories about family living.
Due to COVID precautions, services will be private. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Auburn, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Helen Therese Pelc.
No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love God. ~ 1 Cor. 2:9
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