Madhuri Belsare of Binghamton, NY, passed away peacefully after a long time battle with Parkinson’s disease on April 6th, 2023. She was born in Pune, India, on June 22nd, 1939. Her maiden name was Vasanti Kulkarni. She moved to America in January 1968. Then in 1973, she moved to Mt. Pleasant, IA. She raised her two daughters with kindness and devotion in this small Iowa town. She was actively involved in their lives as a Girl Scout leader, 4H leader, and full-time mother. She also lovingly always gave her time to others. She was distinguished with not one, but two State of Iowa Volunteering Awards from the Governor due to her efforts at the Mt. Pleasant Art Center and Library.
Our mother had a true passion for learning and spirituality. She graduated from medical school in India with an MBBS in 1965. She then became a lecturer in Physiology in 1965. A week before her second daughter graduated from high school, she graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in three majors: Psychology, Sociology and Criminal justice. She did this all while never missing a daily morning religious reading and evening prayer.
In 2009, our mother sold her long-time home in Iowa and relocated to New York to be with her daughter, Tara. Her independence during that move was incredible. She then filled her days with working with children. She was an active foster grandparent and loved teaching origami. Our mother was always a loving and supporting presence in our lives. She dedicated endless amounts of effort to raising us. Her warmth and love will be forever missed. She is survived by her daughters, Tara Belsare (Don Doorbos) and Geeta Been (Mark Been); grandchildren, Dylan and Gia Been; brothers Shyamant Kularni and Anil Kumar Kulkarni. In lieu of sending flowers, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and consider making a donation to the Microbiome Research Foundation to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. https://microbiomeresearchfoundation.org/
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