Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Sister Jean Ellen Bellswinger, SNJM, a Sister of the Holy Names for 62 years, died on July 15, 2013, in Latham, N.Y. Daughter of the late Harry and Agnes Clark Bellswinger, Sister Jean Ellen was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Albany. She entered the Sisters on the Holy Names on July 14, 1948, and professed her vows on August 23, 1950. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Barry University, Miami, Fla.

For many years Sister Jean Ellen taught in grade schools in Rome and Cohoes, N.Y., Winchester, Va., in Tampa and at St. Joseph School in Key West, Fla. Following her teaching career, she served as coordinator of the Campaign for Human Development with Utica-Rome Catholic Charities in Rome, N.Y. She also served as receptionist at the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany before retiring. A true "people person" with an amazing capacity to remember names and make connections among people, Sister Jean Ellen's accessibility, sense of humor and groundedness characterized her decades of service. Her funeral took place on Saturday, July 20, 2013 with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont, N.Y. Donations in memory of Sister Jean Ellen may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, 258 Partridge St., Albany, NY, 12208.