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Sister Mary Helaine Ehrman S.N.D.

May 17, 1944 — August 6, 2020

“We have come to know and have believed the love that God has in our behalf.” This refrain from one of Sister Mary Helaine’s compositions characterizes Sister’s life. Her confidence in God’s love expressed itself in art and music and enabled her to serve in outreach despite many physical difficulties.

On August 6, 2020, God called Sister to her heavenly home from her residence in Rosary Care Center, Sylvania, Ohio.

Born on May 17, 1944, in Fremont, Ohio, and baptized Phyllis, Sister was the youngest of three children of the late George Ehrman and Helen (Parker) Ehrman. She attended Saint Joseph School in Fremont and Notre Dame Academy Toledo. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and professed vows in 1964. She received degrees in music from Mary Manse (Toledo) and Bowling Green State University.

Sister taught at Notre Dame Academy Toledo and St. Wendelin High School Fostoria before becoming a liturgical minister at St. Rose Parish Perrysburg and then a pastoral associate at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Toledo. Music ministry and other forms of service followed at the Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial Center. In 2010 health problems necessitated retirement from active ministry; however, Sister spent these last years in many forms of service and outreach. Her love of art and music were gifts generously shared. Sister edited and created large print editions of over 300 musical compositions copyrighted by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Sister specialized in crocheting hats for the children in the Central City Catholic schools and collecting stuffed animals for the Mareda Center. Despite her physical limitations, her cheerful and outgoing personality contributed in many other ways, such as inviting others to concerts and starting a 55+ club.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen Ehrman; sister in law Nancy Ehrman; and nephew, Gregory Ehrman. She is survived by her brother, George (Gloriann) Ehrman of Arizona; sister, Marianne (Thomas) Bennison of Fremont Ohio; 6 nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews, and 17 great great nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family, religious community, and friends.

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