Sister Helen Ann Gaidos
Sister Helen Ann Gaidos
Funeral services were held Oct. 18 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Helen Ann Gaidos who died Oct. 8 at age 91.

Sister Helen Ann (formerly known as Sister John Andre) had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 73 years. She was born in Sheridan, Pa., and was a graduate of Lebanon Catholic High School. She entered the congregation in 1947 and professed her first vows in 1949. She earned a bachelor of science degree in management from Northeastern University and a master of science degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University.

Sister Helen Ann ministered primarily in healthcare and parish ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioceses of Allentown, Pa.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Baker, Calif.; Wilmington, Del., and Trenton where she spent five years as a radiology technician in St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, and four years at Mercer County Community College as a professor and director of radiology.

In 2019, she moved to Assisi House where she served in prayer and hospitality until her death.

Sister Helen Ann is survived by her nieces, nephews, and Franciscan family. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, Pa. 19014.