Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 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 years old and had spent 81 years in religious life.

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. Sister Helen celebrated her perpetual profession of 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, Elizabeth Kezel. 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 followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery there.

Donations in Sister Helen’s memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.