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“You were the only nun I ever liked and loved. You were a tremendous help to me. Were it not for you, I would have committed suicide. You saved me and...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Montgomery - LA PLATA, MD

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: And grow like a cedar in LebanonOf all the wonderful memories I have of her, it still amazes me that...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Joe McMaster - Beirut - student

“It is impossible to think of Marie Helene without thinking of her warm smile, her upbeat temperament and her immense talent. We shared many a goofy...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Margaret Walsh - Baltimore, MD

“Very sorry for the loss of this woman. She was a much beloved principal at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis in the early 1970's. So glad that...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Pamela Galligan-Stierle - Deale, MD

“Marie Helene was my Latin I and Latin II teacher at NDHS Bryantown, Md. Her personal warmth and vitality encouraged us to excel. When I think of...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Stephen Burdick - Colunbia, SC

“SSND friends in the Class of 1954. I will always remember Marie Helene for playing a certain piece on the Piano that I truly loved. I will surely...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mary C Greenan - Longwood, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Marie Helene's family. She was a wonderful teacher and a very special lady. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Douglas & Lee Gardiner - Calabash, NC

“To the best teacher ever -- you were such an amazing person. You will be missed by so many people whose lives you touched. May you rest in peace in...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Carter - White Plains, MD

“Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers, now and in the weeks and months to come. Marie Helene was a truly lovely woman - we were blessed...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Beth Pettit - Laurel, MD

“Marie Helene, better known to many as Sister Marie Helene, I was one her students at Notre Dame High School, Bryantown,Maryland. Marie Helene was...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Sharon A. Dixon Turner - Waldorf, MD

“I was in her first class, 3rd Grade at St. Mary's Bryantown; we all thought she was to pretty to be a Num. She had a smile that would light up any...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Frannie Burch O'Neill - Friend

“You were always a joy to talk with. Enjoyed the Christmas parties and you playing the piano for a sing along. Now you can have those parties in a...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Mudrone

“I knew Marie-Helene as a housemother and nun at Notre Dame. At a class reunion, she joined our class, the class of '75, for the reunion picture. I...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Vicki Lyons - Arlington, VA

“Bob and Family, Marie was a special person. She will always be remembered in the hearts and prayers of all of us here at Resurrection parish. ...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Phil and Carol Kelly - Savage

Marilyn Gibney was born to James A. and Helen L. Gibney (nee Coggins) on June 22, 1936 in Newark, NJ. She attended St. Leo's Catholic School in Irvington, NJ. At age 13, she went to Holy Angels Academy in Demarest, NJ. She was professed as a School Sister of Notre Dame after attending the novitiate in Baltimore, MD. She graduated with high honors from the College of Notre Dame. Sister Marie Helene was assigned to teach elementary and then high school in Bryantown, MD. In 1968, she was transferred to St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, MD where she served as principal for several years. Marie Helene continued her studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC earning a Master's Degree in Educational Administration (1969) and later a PhD (1978).

She became Director of Admissions at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and remained there for several years. After leaving SSND, having served 22 years in religious life, Marie Helene was hired at Georgetown University as the Associate Academic Vice President. Dr. Gibney was in charge of Academic Affairs. She worked at Georgetown for many years until her retirement.

She wasn't retired very long when she was asked to serve as Vice President at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She enjoyed her time there and remained longer than she had agreed. She then retired again and would occasionally substitute at Pallotti High School and St. Mary's Elementary in Laurel.

Marie Helene was honored by the Order of the Sons of Italy for her work with the Italian Choir. She received the Ameritan Award in 2005.

Marie Helene Gibney and Michael Robertazzi have been married for the past 10 years. She loved to entertain and did it with ease. They have enjoyed many family gatherings, social events, and entertaining at their homes in Laurel and Ocean City, MD. Theirs was a match made in heaven.

She leaves her devoted husband Michael, her sister, Adele Baron, her step-children, Rita Robertazzi, Michelle Moneski, and Michael J. Robertazzi, grandchildren, Jordan Moneski and Caroline Robertazzi and many nieces and nephews.

Marie Helene was diagnosed with cancer in late December and fought valiantly through her illness with prayer and positive thinking. She was most appreciative of the many, many wishes, flowers and gifts received during her illness.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the DONALDSON FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 20707. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 12, 2013 beginning at 11:00 AM at the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel, Maryland 20724. Interment will be private.

A scholarship fund is being set up in her memory at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Contributions can be sent to: Notre Dame of Maryland University
Attn: Institutional Advancement
4701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD. 21210

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