Courier Journal
January 21, 2013

THIENEMAN, DOMINICAN SISTER OF PEACE SISTER MARY HELEN, OP, 80, a native of Louisville, died January 21, 2013, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

A Dominican for 60 years, Sr. Mary Helen earned a BA in history/Spanish from Siena College, Memphis, TN, an MEd in guidance/counseling from Spalding College, Louisville and an MA in formative spirituality from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She ministered as a teacher at St. Bartholomew (Chicago, IL) and St. Michael (Orland Park, IL). She also ministered as principal/teacher at a number of schools in Louisville - Immaculate Heart, SS Simon and Jude, Holy Rosary Academy and St. Thomas More. Sr. Mary Helen also served in parish ministry at St. Margaret Mary (Louisville).

In 1976, Sr. Mary Helen ministered as the assistant director of ministry at St. Catharine's in Kentucky. In 1984, she was elected to the Governing Board, where she served for four years. In 1988, after earning a certificate in clinical pastoral education, she began serving as chaplain in various locations including The Ohio State University Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. Later, she served at St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, KY, then on to St. Catharine's and Sansbury Care Center before going back to Louisville to Jewish Hospital and Sacred Heart Home. Sr. Mary Helen entered a ministry of community service in 2007 at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. In 2008, she entered a ministry of prayer at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine).

Sr. Mary Helen was preceded in death by her loving parents, Chris and Mary Thieneman, and three brothers, Raymond, Robert, and Thomas. She is survived by five brothers, William (Delores), Clifford (Lynn), Clinton (Shirley), Richard (Jeanne), and Leo (Shirley); one sister, Martha Stuber; and sister-in-law, Faye Thieneman. Her life was filled with friends and family, including 51 nieces and nephews and 203 great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation in Louisville will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday at Ratterman Grand Chapels, 4832 Cane Run Road and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Sansbury Care Center and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine Hall). Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be held at the St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine Hall) at 1:30 p.m. with burial in the Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Helen's memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

Published in The Courier-Journal from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2013
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