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Father Peter Helmlinger
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Peter Helmlinger was celebrated June 18 at Holy Angels Church in Sidney. Father Helmlinger, 65, died June 10.

A native of Sidney, Father Helmlinger received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Thomas More College and a Master of Divinity from the Athenaeum of Ohio. He was ordained on May 22, 2004, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk.

He received his first assignment on July 1, 2004, as parochial vicar at Incarnation Parish, Centerville. On July 1, 2008, he was appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Greenhills, for a period of six years. On June 1, 2011, he was appointed parochial administrator of St. Matthias Parish, while continuing as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary. Father Helmlinger retired July 1, 2014. Father Helmlinger is survived by four sisters, Nancy Sullivan, Julie Turner Bingham, Molly Helmlinger and Sister of St. Joseph Jayne Helmlinger, and two brothers, Larry and John.

Interment was in Graceland Cemetery in Sidney.

Sister Rose William Herzog
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Rose William Herzog was celebrated June 12 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Rose William, 90, died June 2. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 68 years.

A native of Springfield, Sister Rose William’s ministry included more than 50 years of service to primary-age children. In the archdiocese, she served at Holy Cross in Mount Adams and spent 47 years at St. John the Baptist in Harrison, where she served in a variety of capacities, such as first grade teacher, school music coordinator and teacher’s aide. Sister Rose William was also well known for her dedication to the Holy Child Association and efforts of the archdiocesan Mission Office.

Interment was in the Sisters of Charity Cemetery.

Sister Mary Helen McKenna
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Mary Helen McKenna was celebrated June 6 in the motherhouse chapel. Sister Mary Helen, 98, died May 29. She was a Sister of Charity for 80 years.

A native of Jackson, Mich., Sister Mary Helen’s ministry included 45 years as a teacher and elementary school principal. In the archdiocese, she served at St. Mary in Hyde Park; St. Albert the Great and St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering; St. William in Price Hill; and St. Boniface in Northside. In 1987, Sister Mary Helen transitioned to ministry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, serving as an assistant in the Child Life Activity Program. She volunteered through the 1990’s in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati before moving to Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility in 2001, where she served in the ministry of prayer.

Interment was in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.

Sister Maria (Alice) Rieckelman
A funeral Mass for Maryknoll Sister Maria Rieckelman was celebrated Jan. 22 in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY. Sister Maria, 91, died Dec. 28. She was a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.

A Cincinnati native, Sister Maria entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate at the Maryknoll Sisters Center on Sept. 6, 1945, from St. Mary Parish in Hyde Park. In 1956, she received her first overseas mission assignment to Pusan, Korea, to do medical work. Over the years, she also served in Hong Kong and Hawaii. Sister Maria was appointed coordinator of health services for the Church in the USA Office of Domestic Social Development at the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C., from 1976-1977. She remained in Washington from 1978 – 2004, focusing on psychiatric therapy and spiritual psychiatry to missioners and leaders in more than 30 countries.

Sister Maria retired in 2014. She donated her body to science.

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