Mother Gina Maria Amico
Mother Gina Maria Amico, former Delegate General of the U.S. Province of the Franciscan sisters of Saint Elizabeth, died Oct. 4, 2019, at the Delegate house in Parsippany, N.J., after a long illness. She was 83.
Mother Gina Maria Amico was born in Farrell. She entered religious life in 1952 in Logansport, Ind., and received her habit in 1953. She made her profession of vows in 1954.
Mother Gina Maria became a registered nurse in 1960. In 1970, she graduated from Montessori Training Center of Montclair, N.J. Mother Gina Maria was both teacher and principal of Saint Elizabeth Nursery and Montessori School from 1970-1984 in Parsippany.
Mother Gina Maria served as teacher and principal until 1984, when she was transferred to St. Elizabeth Child Care Center, Jersey City, N.J.
In 1983, Mother Gina Maria co-founded with Mother Justina Iodice a Formation House in San Pablo, Laguna.
Mother Gina Maria was elected Delegate General for the U.S. Province in 1993 and local Superior of St. Francis Assisi and Delegate House in Parsippany.
In 2001, with the permission of the Most Reverend Frank Rodimer, she was able to expand St. Elizabeth Nursery and Montessori School in Parsippany to include a Montessori Elementary School.
In the summer of 2003, Mother Gina Maria commissioned two sisters to venture overseas to Indonesia where two new mission convents have been established.
Mother Gina Maria served as Delegate General until 2011, after which she remained in residence in Parsippany. In 2003, she celebrated her golden jubilee in religious life. Bishop Arthur Serratelli was the main celebrant of the special Mass to mark her anniversary.
She is survived by her two sisters, Charlotte "Charlie" Pelini and Josephine "DeDe/Jo" and her husband, Emil "Pat" Bello; and many nieces and nephews.
Published on October 15, 2019


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Father Edward Lamp
Nov 13, 2019
Pie Jesu Domine, dona ei requiem
Lord Jesus, grant her eternal life.
Father Edward Lamp
Nov 13, 2019
Mother Gina Marie taught me along with Mother Justina my classes for First Communion! RIP faithful Bride of Christ.
Fran Napoli
Oct 19, 2019
Sending my sincere sympathy and prayers.
I have soo many fond memories from our teenage years.
Mother Gina accomplished so much in her life.
Linda & Bill Knoblespease
Oct 17, 2019
Dee, so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. She is free of pain & suffering.
Julia Scarmack Mesaros
Oct 16, 2019
Rest in peace. When you would come to the family reunions loved talking with you. Our dad Nick Scarmack Sr. Sends his deepest sympathies and prayers to your family.