Obituary of Sister Helen Dolores Hart


Sister Helen Dolores Hart, CSJ, died July 30 at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Sister Hélène was 77 years old and had been a sister of Saint-Joseph de Carondelet for 58 years. Originally from Syracuse, Sister Helen was the daughter of Helen Mertz and Cornelius Hart. She was the youngest of three children, joining older brothers Neil and Bill. Sister Helen was an eighth grade graduate of St. Brigid’s School before graduating from St. Lucy’s Academy and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1963, professing her final vows in 1971. Her zeal and his generosity suited the community perfectly. , and she shared her gifts willingly, never looking back. Sister Helen’s ministry was almost entirely in the Diocese of Syracuse, where she was a teacher and principal in many schools, always with energy and creativity. The 1980s were a time of declining enrollment in Catholic schools, but Sister Helen managed to stabilize and increase enrollment. She was then asked to become Director of Catholic Schools Development, a position she held for four years. During her early years, Sister Helen also earned her BA from Saint Rose College and her MA from SUNY Binghamton. Sister Helen was a compassionate woman who went above and beyond the schools she ran, welcoming anyone in need. She was a counselor, advocate and friend to multitudes. His compassion was driven by a rich sense of humor that could make an entire group laugh. His flexibility was legendary; she loved new projects. She championed animals as well as people, reveling in several pets. Although Sister Helen was an energetic worker, she loved travel and new experiences. A trip to Ireland with a dear cousin loomed large in her memories. She was devoted to her family, and they returned her affection. Her seven nieces and nephews gave her special joy, and she never forgot a birthday. In 2005, a chance encounter brought Sister Helen to Central New York Services in Syracuse, an organization committed to supporting and advocating for those in need. As a Quality Improvement Specialist, Sister Helen spent the next 12 years reaching out to the civic community, using her experience, and touching the hearts of countless grateful people. She made friends everywhere; a colleague described her as “a woman for all seasons”. Sister Helen is survived by her two brothers and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. She will be greatly missed by her devoted friends among the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Relatives and friends can call Monday, August 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5600 W. Genesee Street, Camillus. A funeral liturgy will follow. Funeral services will be held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in Latham, NY on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m. Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. Send your condolences to www.BuranichFH.com

Posted on August 06, 2022

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