Sister Helene Joseph Kollar, I.H.M., died June 24 in Abington Hospital in the 51st year of her religious life. She was 70 years old.
She entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1963 from St. Ann Parish in Emmaus, Pa., and professed her vows in 1966.
Sister Helene Joseph taught in the elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Allentown, Richmond and Metuchen, N.J. She served in these schools as teacher and principal. She was a member of St.David Parish, Willow Grove, and ministered at Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School at the time of her death.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at Camilla Hall, Immaculata, on Tuesday, June 30. Father Richard Connors was the celebrant. Father William Dean was the concelebrant and homilist. Other concelebrants were Father Richard J. Antonucci, O.Praem., Msgrs. Richard Bolger, Seamus Brennan and Joseph Logrip, Fathers John Gibbons and Alex J. Charles and John J. Novielli, O.Praem.
Sister Helene Joseph is survived by members of her I.H.M. community, the Sisters at St. David in Willow Grove, her brother Thomas Kollar (Linda), sister-in-law Rose Kollar (Joseph) and many loving nephews and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph S. and Helen Estojak Kollar and her brother Joseph Kollar.
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