Helen Stempsey,
mother of Father William Stempsey, S.J.

ORLEANS, Mass. — Helen (Kuras) Stempsey, 84, of Orleans, died February 21, at home. She was the wife of the late William Edward Stempsey. 

She was born on June 15, 1932, in Albany, N.Y. She was a graduate of St. Ann’s Academy in Albany. Stempsey worked for the N.Y. telephone company from 1949 to 1969. With her husband, she was owner and operator of Kelly’s Jewelers from 1967 until 1978, retiring to Orleans. 

Helen was a Registered Jeweler and member of the American Gem Society. She was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church, and member of the St. Joan of Arc Lady’s Guild. She received the Marian Medal Award for service to the Church of the Diocese of Fall River in 2007. 

She is survived by her son, Father William E. Stempsey S.J., of Worcester; and many nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on February 27 at St. Joan of Arc Church, followed by her burial in Orleans Cemetery, Orleans.

Arrangements were handled by Nickerson Funeral Homes in Orleans.

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