In Memoriam

Sister Helen Laier, OP (Thomas Albert)


The Laier family farm in Lima Township, Michigan, near the city of Chelsea, was the birthplace of Helen Zita Laier, the first daughter and third-oldest child of Gustave and Rose (Merkel) Laier.

Helen was born on August 10, 1932, joining her brothers Carl and Edward. She was followed by five more siblings: Thomas, Lawrence (who died in infancy), Robert, Teresa, and Donald.

Gustave was a native of Boden, Germany, while Rose was born in Sylvan Township, Michigan, which adjoins Lima Township. The couple bought their farm in 1927, and as a child Helen explored every inch of the property with its two large barns.

She and her brothers attended a one-room schoolhouse a mile down the road, where she was the only child in her class. “In the eight years I attended that school there were never more than twelve students,” she wrote in her autobiography, adding that she was never “academically inclined” and enjoyed recess more than any school subject. “This, I think, was due to the fact that at home we didn’t play – we had to help with the work,” she wrote.

Read more about Sister Helen (pdf)

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Avatar  Steve & Diane 3 years agoReply

We miss you Aunt Helen. Be at peace with our Lord. In hopes we will see you again one day. Thank you for all of the great spreads and fond memories.

Avatar  Gretchen Moffett 3 years agoReply

Sister Helen was a cousin of mine and a dear friend. I entered the Grand Rapids Dominicans and she was my support system for the time I was there. When I left, she continued to keep in touch and encourage me. Sister Helen was one of a kind and I was blessed to have her in my life and will miss her sweet smile and positive attitude.

Avatar  Velma Markins 3 years agoReply

I enjoyed listening to Sister's talk. I grew up in Sister Helen's neighborhood. My folks were neighbors with them. I went to the same country school she did. I was a classmate of her brother, Don. I always felt that she was a very special person as it had to have been a challenge taking care of all the challenges she had to face taking care of her family. She was truly a blessing to them.

Avatar  mary trumbull 3 years agoReply

Just want to say, I love you sis, and will miss you greatly. Thank you for your being such a part of my life. Keep all of us in prayer when it becomes our time to enter our journey, Love now and always, Teresa

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