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Sister Helen Ann Gaughan, teacher and health-care assistant

Feb. 15, 1931 – May 24, 2016

Sister Helen Ann Gaughan, formerly Sister Mary Campion, who was a teacher and health-care assistant, died Tuesday in Mercy Center Convent. She was 85.

Born in Buffalo, Sister Helen Ann attended St. John the Baptist and All Saints elementary schools and then Holy Angels Academy, graduating in 1948.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Aug. 15, 1949, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Niagara University. She continued on at Niagara, earning a master’s degree in history.

Sister Helen Ann’s teaching career began at Holy Family School in South Buffalo and then on to Our Lady of the Rosary, Niagara Falls, and St. Bonaventure, West Seneca. Much of her 33 years in teaching occurred at Madonna High School and Mount Mercy Academy. She once said, “Every new year and every class of students brought more excitement and more love into my life.”

The last 17 years of active ministry for Sister Helen Ann was in Mercy Hospital Comprehensive Care Oncology Department and as a member of the support staff of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Later, she volunteered at Mercy Hospital and assisted with the Helping Hearts Kids Club in South Buffalo.

Sister Helen Ann was known for her gentleness, generosity and desire to enrich the lives of her students and those in need of health care, according to Sister Diane Swanson, local leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo.

Sister Helen Ann donated her body to the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 4 p.m. next Saturday in Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road.