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placeholder May 22, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Helen Walsh, OP

Sister Helen Walsh, formerly known as Sister Rose Michaeleen Walsh, died May 10 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, at age 96. The longtime educator, who also ministered in social work and pastoral work, was in the 72nd year of religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Born in Chicago. Sister Walsh was graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan; received a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; a master of arts degree in English from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, and a master of education degree in Special Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

She served for 10 years in elementary and secondary education in Michigan, including six years as principal/teacher; eight years in elementary education in Chicago; four years as elementary school principal/teacher in Ohio. She taught for three years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

In the Diocese of Oakland Sister Walsh ministered in adult religious education through Catholic Charities (1981-1982) and also taught in the Upward Bound Program at Mills College in Oakland (1986-1987). She also ministered in social work and pastoral work for seven years in Toledo, Ohio; taught adult religious education in San Anselmo, California (1982-1986), and was chaplain and teacher of women prisoners in Detroit and Warren, Michigan.

She served as activities director for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, and at Villa Serra in Salinas, California (1990-1991). She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010.

Survivors include a brother, Joseph Walsh of Lagunitas, California, and a sister, Mary Jo Walsh of Portage, Michigan.

The funeral Mass, followed by the Rite of Committal (burial), was held May 12 in the Congregation Cemetery in Michigan.

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