Sister Helen Karpowicz, O.P.

Sister Helen

Sister Helen Karpowicz, O.P., a Sister of St. Dominic of Amityville, L.I., for 60 years, died Dec. 22. She was 80.

She attended St. Joseph School and Dominican Commercial H.S., both in Jamaica.

She entered the congregation from St. Joseph parish on Sept. 7, 1957. One year later, she received the habit and her religious name, Sister M. Anne Victoria. She pronounced her first vows on Aug. 7, 1959.

She began her ministry in education at Sacred Heart School, East Glendale, 1959-60. She completed her studies at Molloy College and continued in the field of education for 38 years.

She taught first and second grades in St. Catherine of Siena, St. Albans, 1960-62; St. Margaret, Middle Village, 1962-66; St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Carroll Gardens, 1968-81, and Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village, 1981-97. Preparing children for First Communion was her joy.

She also ministered in the newly opened St. Albert College Library at the Amityville Motherhouse, 1966-67, and the religious education program at Assumption parish, Copiague, L.I., 1967-68.

Having contracted multiple sclerosis, health needs necessitated a move to the Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse in 1997. Further declining health necessitated her move to Carlin Hall in 2007.

She is survived by her sisters, Victoria Landin and Elizabeth Chu.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel at the Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, Amityville. Burial followed in the Sisters’ cemetery.

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