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(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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(1929 - 2015)
Sister Ann Marie Meagher was born in Chicago on March 7, 1929. She was the youngest and the only girl of the six children born to William and Ann (Duggan) Meagher. Both parents were born in Ireland. Her father was a policemen and her mother a housewife whose health was seriously compromised by asthma and high blood pressure.
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(1923 - 2015)
Mildred Huber, known to her family and friends as Millie, ended her autobiography with these words of St. Paul to the Philippians: “I have learned to manage on whatever I have. I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich, too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything, anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.”
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(1920 - 2015)
Cathryn Jeanette Deutsch was born on January 25, 1920, in Virgil, Illinois, one of Chicago's farthest western suburbs. She was the second of four children born to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Beringer) Deutsch. In her autobiography, Sister Cathryn described herself as a blend of her German Catholic parents:
My mother was a hard-working, determined, large-hearted, self-made woman. My father, though not irresponsible, was a playful personality, effervescent, who was devoted to his family with an overflowing devotion for the rest of humanity. Eliz and Nick had an immensely large circle of relatives and friends.
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