Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Helen Elizabeth Szotak, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Jan. 10, 2012, at her order’s provincial house. She was 97 and had been in religious life for 81 years.

Born on Oct. 28, 1914, in South Norwalk, she was a daughter of the late Alexander Szotak and Bertha Onder Szotak. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Oct. 15, 1930, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1936. After receiving a teaching diploma, Sister Helen taught for 41 years in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Bridgeport.

After leaving the classroom, she ministered in the office at Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford and then worked for 19 years in human resources and as a mail clerk at St. Joseph Hospital in Stamford. After her retirement from the hospital, she volunteered at an after-school program in Stamford for a few years until her retirement to the provincial house in 2007.

Sister Helen was predeceased by a sister, Irene Kezel, and a niece. She is survived by her religious community, a niece, three nephews and a grandniece.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 13 at St. Joseph Chapel in the Convent of Mary Immaculate. Interment in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery followed.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.