A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Helen Barbara Schild, a retired teacher and principal, will be said at 2 p.m. today at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.
Sister Helen, who took the religious name Mary Ersilia when she joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame more than 50 years ago, died Friday night in the infirmary at Villa Assumpta after a long illness. She was 79.
Sister Helen had been living at Villa Assumpta, the mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Born in Braddock, Pa., Sister Helen became a nun in 1928 and professed her vows in 1932.
She attended Fordham University and received a bachelor's degree in education from Seton Hall University. She taught in Roman Catholic schools in New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, including St. Matthew's on Loch Raven Boulevard from 1951 to 1952, St. Michael's on Wolfe Street from 1961 to 1962 and the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School from 1966 to 1968.
She also served as the principal of St. Theresa's in Washington before retiring in 1983. She spent most of her retirement in Cumberland.
Sister Helen is survived by a sister, Mrs. Marie Knight of Harrisville, Pa., several nieces and a nephew.