September 1, 2008
On September 1, 2008, East One Associate Mary Belisle passed away following a lengthy illness. She was born in 1922. Mary is survived by her husband, Rene (Joe) of 59 years. She also is survived by her daughter Judith Tritten and son James Belisle, two grandchildren, and her sister, Sister Mary Conrad Kirchhoff, PHJC. She also has one brother and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was one of the original Associates in the Associate Community. Her First Commitment was in 1983, the year of the Associates’ foundation. She was recognized for her 25th anniversary as an Associate at the Spiritual Family of Catherine weekend in July, 2008 at Donaldson, IN.
Mary is remembered for her gifts in music and art. She taught piano and organ lessons and was the organist and school secretary at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish, Taylor, Michigan, and also organist for the VA hospital in Allen Park, Michigan. In addition to her music ministries, she also taught cake decorating, and made many lovely wedding and birthday cakes for her family and friends. She had been a leader in Camp Fire Girls and Cub Scouts.
A Funeral Mass for Mary was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Wyoming, Michigan on September 5, 2008.
May she rest in peace.