Sister Helen Sherrard dies at age 87

Sister Helen Sherrard, BVM (Agneselle), died Oct. 21 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 87.

In the Diocese of Knoxville, Sister Helen was a librarian, parish minister and volunteer at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chattanooga from 1982 to 2003.

She also taught elementary school and was superior/principal in Wichita, Kan.; Pasadena, Calif.; and in Cedar Falls, Clinton, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque and Tama in Iowa. She  is buried in the Mount Carmel cemetery in Dubuque.

Born Dec. 17, 1925, she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation from Sacred Heart Parish in Boone, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 1943. She professed first vows on March 19, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at