Sister Rose Helen Burger, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph for 72 years, died Dec. 22. She was 88.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Dec. 27, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
Margaret Helen was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Kansas City, Kansas, the sixth of 14 children born to Julius Anthony and Mary Elizabeth Haines Burger.
Sister Rose Helen received her elementary education at St. Thomas the Apostle School and the first three years of her secondary education at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas.
In 1946 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita where she finished high school. After taking a Normal Training course, she received an Elementary Teacher Certificate in June of 1947.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1959 and a master’s in education from Notre Dame University in 1965 while continuing to teach for a total of 42 years. In the summer of 1967 she took a nurse aide course and worked about 10 summers as a nurse aide at Marian Hall, a retirement home for the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Upon retiring from teaching in 1992, she earned an Activity Leader Certificate and was activity director at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California, for many years. Upon returning to Wichita she served as an assistant to the activity director at Marian Hall until a recent illness claimed her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents Dr. Julius and Mary Burger, five brothers the Rev. Robert Burger, Dr. Paul Burger, Joe, Charles, and the Rev. Richard Burger, and a sister, Sister Julius Marie.
She is survived by two brothers, the Rev. Raymond Burger and the Rev. Frank Burger and by five sisters, Sister Ann Catherine, Elizabeth Marie, Carol Nachbar Morgan (Gary Morgan), Sister Joan Marie, Angela, all her religious sisters in the Congregation of Saint Joseph, and many nieces and nephews. Memorials in her honor may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries.