Our Lady of Mercy Sister Mary Helen Grobusky dies at age 98

CHARLESTON—­Sister Mary Helen Grobusky, a Sister of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, died at the May Forest motherhouse on April 11. She was 98.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held April 14.

She was born Frances Anne Theresa Grobusky on June 10, 1915, to the late Joseph Thomas and Mary Catherine Sokol Grobusky in Anderson. She was a graduate of St. Angela Academy in Aiken, and earned a registered nursing degree from St. Catherine Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1942. She also attended Our Lady of Mercy Junior College in Charleston and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sister Helen entered the convent on Sept. 24, 1936. She professed her first vows on April 1, 1939, and final vows March 25, 1949. From 1942 to 1992, she dedicated her life to caring for the sick as a nurse in St. Francis Xavier Hospital in Charleston and at Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home in York. While at St. Francis Xavier Hospital, Sister Helen served as a medical-surgical nurse and filled various supervisory positions in obstetrics, the operating room, as a night supervisor and as head nurse.

Sister Helen was a night supervisor, operating room supervisor, and coordinator of the emergency room at Divine Savior Hospital. At its nursing home, she was a charge nurse. She was also a school nurse at St. Angela Academy in Aiken and St. Mary School in Greenville.

Sister Helen was a longtime member of St. Catherine Hospital Alumnae Association.

In retirement, she participated in the prayer ministry of the motherhouse community of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy.

She is survived by her sister, Agnes Overton of Woodbridge, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and her community.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Center, P.O. Box 607, Johns Island, SC 29457. Condolences may be sent to the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, P.O. Box 12410, Charleston, SC 29422.