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Franciscan Sister Helen Chatterton dies at age 89

ROCHESTER, MINN.—Sister Helen Chat­terton, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, died at Assisi Heights on April 27. She was 89.

The funeral was held May 3 in As­sisi Heights. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.

Sister Helen

Sister Helen was born to Milton Charles and Marie Chatterton on July 27, 1927, in St. Paul. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1954 and professed vows in 1956. Sister Helen earned a bach­elor’s degree from the College of St. Teresa in Winona in 1949 and a master’s in guidance and coun­seling from St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Sister Helen was a teacher in Rochester for four years, and spent 13 years in hospital administration. In 1973, she worked as an accountant in Washington, D.C. Her office skills took her to Prince of Peace Church in Taylors, S.C., where she served as secretary, bookkeeper and office manager for eight years. From there she moved to Columbia, S.C., where she was pastoral assistant from 1986 to 2009. In 2009, Sister Helen moved back to Assisi Heights, where she served in the administration support office.

Sister Helen is survived by her brother, James Chatterton of Vad­nais Heights, and her Franciscan sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Development at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55901.

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