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Sister Helen Anna Klumpp, Franciscan Missionary of Mary (Sr. Theneva) of Ein Karim Community, died on November 13, 2018 at St. Antoine Residence, in North Smithfield.
Sr. Helen was born January 30, 1910 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. From age five Helen took violin lessons and became an accomplished violinist. After attending high school, Helen entered the FMM Pre-Novitiate on June 12, 1935 and the Novitiate that same year on December 15th. She made temporary profession in December, 1937 and Final Vows, the same day in 1940. Prior to that, Helen received her LPN in 1938 in our Roslyn, NY St. Francis Hospital and then became a Medical Technician in 1940, a profession she served in at St. Francis until 1959. Helen was then missioned to Kennedy Memorial Hospital Community in Brighton, MA where she was receptionist, sacristan, worked in the vestry and was a liturgist for the Third Order Secular Franciscans helping them with liturgies and music. Helen was a very sociable person and related well to the young as well as people of all ages. During the summer season, Helen served as a life guard at Grace Haven, the Province vacation house using her skill in swimming. She also occasionally used her dancing talents and entertained all with her Charleston.
In 1975 Helen was missioned to St. Francis Community in San Francisco, serving again as a receptionist. Then Helen was sent on mission to the Navajo people at St. Michael’s Arizona from 1978 to 1980. Her next mission was North Providence, Fruit Hill, as receptionist, a CCD teacher and sacristan. In Brighton, MA she did these same works. Missioned again to N. Providence Helen worked in the Infirmary and the Elder Day Care Center until 1998 when her ministry became prayer for the world. She continued to be a presence in Queen of Peace Community in the Assisted Living until April 2005 when her last mission was to Ein Karim Community, at St. Antoine’s Residence, in N. Smithfield. She has remained there until now.
Helen always loved music and reading, especially spiritual books and those about Mary, Our Blessed Mother, to whom she prayed often and talked about to others. She was well noted for saying, after having a birthday of 100: “I am almost 101 and and still can think and speak as well as read without glasses.”
Her funeral will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am in Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, RI 02911. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm with a wake service beginning at 7 pm.