Feb. 18, 1925 – Sept. 19, 2013

Sister Helen Welch, Order of St. Francis, a teacher and principal, died Thursday at Stella Niagara Health Center. She was 88.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, she graduated from Rosary High School in 1943 and entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara on Jan. 30, 1946.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rosary Hill College in 1961.

The former Sister Roberta taught at St. Aloysius Academy in New Lexington, Ohio, and later became the principal there. She taught at St. John’s and St. Peter’s Schools in Columbus, St. Paul School in Athens, Ohio and Sacred Heart Elementary, DeSales High School, Blessed Trinity, Our Lady of Victory Schools and was coordinator at St. Leo Convent in Columbus.

Sister Helen also taught at St. Benedict School in Amherst, St. Joachim School in Buffalo and St. Anthony School in Warsaw. In 1964 she served as principal at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, S.C.

From 1997 to 2007, Sister Helen was local minister at Stella Niagara Convent.

She is survived by her sister, Sister Mary Frances Welch, OSF.

The family will be present at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, on from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Sisters Chapel at Stella Niagara.