Sister Marie Helene Stabler

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sister Marie Helene de St. James (born Helen Margaret Stabler) of The Little Sisters of the Poor, went to her heavenly home on Friday (Feb. 1, 2013).

Visitation was held at the St. Louis Home on Monday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary vigil at 5 p.m. The funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Marie Helene was born in Tuscola to Oscar F. and Geneva M. (Barnett) Stabler. She was the second of 11 children.

Survivors include her brothers, Max Stabler of Springfield, Larry (Carole) of Virginia and Ronnie Stabler of Tuscola; and her sisters, Joan (Norm) Fiasig of California, Judy (Kenny) Cler of Camargo and Linda Hamilton of St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John, Robert and Bernie Stabler; and one sister, Rita Payton.

Sister Marie Helene made her first temporary vows in the congregation on June 12, 1956; and her Perpetual Profession on Dec. 7, 1961.

Twenty-four years of her religious life were spent in St. Louis, first from 1984 to 1996, then from 2001 to present. She also served in Philadelphia, Pa.; Pawtucket, R.I.; and Brooklyn and Denver.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be offered to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 3225 N. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63107.

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