Sister Helen Pflum, OSU, 80, of Springfield, died Feb. 16 at St. Francis Convent Infirmary in Springfield.
She was born April 10, 1927 in Chicago, the daughter of Leo W. and Helen Marie Weldon Pflum. Sister Helen entered the Ursuline Order on July 15, 1944 and professed her vows on Jan. 16, 1947. She celebrated the 60th anniversary of her profession in January 2007.
Sister Helen was a graduate of Ursuline Academy in Springfield. She received a bachelor's degree from the College of New Rochelle, N.Y., a master's degree in biological sciences from DePaul University, and a master's degree in pastoral ministry and spirituality from Boston College. She ministered at the Ursuline Convent in San Antonio, Texas, for a few years. During her years in the educational ministry Sister Helen taught at St. Patrick's in Alton; Ss. Peter and Paul in Collinsville; St. Teresa High School in Decatur; and Ursuline Academy in Laredo, Texas. She also taught at Springfield College in Illinois. Most recently Sister Helen taught adult Scripture classes and spirituality courses at the parishes of St. Thomas, St. James and St. Patrick, and Holy Family, all in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother: Raymond J. Pflum. She is survived by two sisters: Rita Midden of Springfield, and Betty Craig of South Bend, Ind.; 20 nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and her Ursuline Sisters.
The funeral Mass was Feb. 21 at St. Francis of Assisi Church at the Franciscan motherhouse with Father James D. O'Shea, celebrant. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 670, Springfield, IL 62705.
Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, was in charge of arrangements.