Sr. Helen Eckrich, formerly Sr. Augustine, age 90 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Indiana, died Monday, January 6, 2020, at the convent. Born Helen Marie on August 28, 1929, in Wilmington, Delaware, she is the daughter of Margaret (nee Farren) and Matthew Eckrich.
She began her education in Delaware before her family moved to Indianapolis in 1944 where she graduated from St. Mary High School, and later Marian University. It was at Marian that Sr. Mary Carol Schroeder helped Helen realize her religious vocation and she entered the Oldenburg Franciscans in 1951, making her final vows in 1957.
In 1979 Sr. Helen was granted a dispensation from her vows and began working at the Marion County Health Department as Manager of Chronic Disease. She re-entered the Franciscan Community in 1991 and served as President of Oldenburg Academy, and later as Director of Human Resources for the Franciscan community before retiring in 2000.
Visitation will be Friday, January 10, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the convent chapel. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Weakley, O.F.M., officiating with burial in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org). For complete notice and online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.
Published on January 8, 2020