With a sense of loss, the Bruno Ursuline Community announces the death of Sister Helena Misura, OSU on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 97. Sister Helena was born to Mathias and Catherine (née Dushenko) Misura on July 27, 1923 on their farm near Totzke, SK. In baptism she was given the name Angeline. She had 13 siblings, 3 brothers and 10 sisters. One day as a 3-year-old child Angeline had the misfortune of falling off her chair and the fork pierced her tongue. Consequently, she had a very long struggle in learning how to speak again. It took a lot of patience and practice during which her brothers and sisters not only helped her but did a lot of teasing, which often brought tears to her. Angeline went to Dana school until the end of Grade 11, and attended the Ursuline Academy in Bruno, SK for Grade 12. After that she stayed at home for a few years working on the farm. She joined the Ursulines of Bruno, was invested on August 12, 1944, and was given the name Sr. Helena. She pronounced her first vows in 1946 and made her final profession on August 7, 1949. After attending Teachers’ College. Sister Helena taught the primary grades in Saskatchewan in Humboldt, Muenster, Bruno, Cudworth, and Carmel, and in Whalley, British Columbia, from 1950 – 1973, for a total of 23 years. She said of these years, “I enjoyed and loved my little ones, and they loved me. I did well in teaching everything … reading, writing, music/ singing and choral speaking. We worked hard, but we also had fun.” Her years of teaching were followed by 25 years of parish ministry in Regina, Humboldt, Englefeld, Leroy, Saskatoon, and Bruno. She enjoyed these years as well. After her “retirement”, Sister Helena spent several years in Bruno doing a lot of outside work, such as trimming trees, caring for the flowers, and helping in the gardens. Later she was in charge of the sacristy and chapel in the convent in Bruno and enjoyed decorating the altars and statues for feast days.
She was happy to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in Bruno on August 4, 1994, and her Diamond Jubilee in Humboldt on August 2, 2004. Sister Helena was grateful for God’s many gifts and blessings and all through religious life her heart was set on God. She wrote that “God’s mercy and love have followed me all through my life. I had many beautiful experiences, gifts from God. God’s love was shown to me, especially through the charismatic movement while I was at Madonna House.”When the Ursulines moved out of their convent in Bruno in 1999, Sister Helena spent a few years in Cudworth encouraging others with her cheery visits, before moving to Villa Angela in Humboldt. There she still helped a lot in the house and with outside work. In 2014 she made her final earthly home at Trinity Manor in Saskatoon, endearing herself to the staff and other residents with her gentle ways and winning smile. Her days were filled with prayer. She wrote: “I want to thank my sisters in community for many years as one of them. My desire now is to be with the Lord and his Mother forever, Amen.” Her wish was granted with her peaceful death at St. Paul’s Hospital on February 3, 2021 at the age of 97. Sister Helena will be lovingly remembered by the Ursuline Sister of Bruno, her nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Mathias and Catherine (née Dushenko) Misura; brothers Nickolas, Michael, and Peter (in infancy); sisters Anne (David) Warwick, Mary Misura, Helen (Peter) Miller, Marceline Misura, Lena Misura, Jean (Frank) Sestak, Elizabeth Misura, Lily (Lloyd) Lyon, Veronica Misura, and Patricia Misura (in infancy). Thank you to all the staff at Trinity Manor for your loving care of Sister Helena during the past six years, as well as to the doctors and nurses at St. Paul’s Hospital for your compassion during the last weeks leading up to her death. According to her wishes, Sister Helena was cremated, with a private graveside service and rite of committal at the Ursuline Cemetery, Bruno, Saskatchewan to follow at a later date.
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