Sister Helen Rottier, CSJ 1941-2015


March 1, 1941 – May 19, 2015

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Helen Rottier (S. Joseph Anthony) who passed away on May 19 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 74 years of age.

Sister Helen was born on March 1, 1941, in West De Pere, Wisconsin, to parents Alphonse and Josephine (Vanden Heuvel) Rottier. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1960, and made her final profession on August 6, 1968.

She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1965 and a master’s in mathematics from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1974.

For her 54 years as a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Helen dedicated her life to education. She began teaching junior high in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at St. John Grade School in 1965; in Chicago, Illinois, at St. Bede the Venerable Grade School in 1966; and in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, at Ste. Genevieve Grade School in 1969.

In the 1970s, Sister Helen served as assistant principal and principal at Denver Central Catholic High School for 11 years.  Sister Helen moved to Waco, Texas in 1982 and served as teacher and assistant principal at Reicher Catholic High School. From 1984-1990 she was principal at St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay.  

Sister Helen dedicated the last 24 years of her life serving in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. In 1991, she was a teacher at St. Joseph Academy and in 1993 she served, first, as assistant principal and then principal at St. Luke Grade School, both located in Brownsville.  Sister Helen served as principal at Immaculate Conception Grade School in Rio Grande City in 1997 and then at St. Martin de Porres Grade School in Weslaco in 1999. 

In 2012, she began working part time for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville. She was a teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Mission and worked on special projects.

Funeral arrangements are planned for Saturday, Mary 23 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse, located at 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. The visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Sister Helen's cremains will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

May 20, 2015

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