(1932 - 2015)
They shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and never tire.
- Isaiah 40:31
Sister Helen Belsito, also known as Sister Louise Joseph, was born on January 2, 1932, in Lansing, Michigan. She was one of six children born to Joseph and Louise (Filice) Belsito. Both parents were born in Italy. In her autobiography, Sister Helen wrote this about her parents:
My father was born in Santa Ippolito, Italy. He worked on a farm and was a brick and tile maker. He was a cook in World War I. My mother was born in Cozensa, Italy and also worked on a farm there. My dad came to the United States from Italy, in 1907 and worked in a tile factory in Beloit, Wisconsin. In 1926 he returned to Italy and married my mother and then [they] returned to the United States and lived in Pontiac, Michigan, where they owned a grocery store. After a time my parents moved to Lansing, Michigan, where my dad worked for the city of Lansing until he retired.
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Sister Helen was my 2nd and 3rd grade teacher and they were the best years of my life. I loved her sooo much. I have so many memories of her. She prepared me for my 1st Communion and my 1st Confession. She taught me the importance of saying the rosary. I miss her and think of her often to this day. She was definitely a saint on earth.
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