A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Angels Convent, 400 Mill St., Williamsville, for Sister Helen Calvey, formerly Sister Mary Eucharista, 81, who died Thursday (Nov. 29, 1990) in the convent infirmary.
Burial will in Gethsemane Cemetery, Williamsville.
A science teacher and founding dean of the College of Nursing at Niagara University, she was born in Avoca, Pa.
Sister Calvey entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1926 and made her final vows in 1932. She began teaching at SS. Peter & Paul High School and completed her bachelor's degree at Canisius College. She earned a nursing degree from Georgetown University in 1939, then served as an instructor in science at Mount St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing until 1944, while she earned a master's of science degree from St. Bonaventure University.
Sister Calvey became a professor, then the founding dean of nursing at Niagara University, a position she held until 1955, when she returned to teaching high school science at St. Mary's High School, Lancaster.
She then served as community supervisor and science coordinator of the order, establishing modern physical science programs in 27 schools run by the Sisters of St. Francis in Western New York.
She received her doctorate in science education from the University at Buffalo.
Sister Calvey's career was distinguished by many honors, including being named Distinguished Science Teacher of the Year by the American Chemical Society in 1965 and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the National Society of Biology Teachers in 1967 and 1977. Also in 1977 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Science Teachers Association.