In Memoriam


(1932-2022)

I will always remember her as an avid Southern conversationalist, with many a story to tell – always ready for a listening ear and always with her special style and smile.

Sister Jo Gaugier’s remembrance of Sister Frances Barfield concluded with that paragraph written about a woman who was indeed well acquainted with the South, given that Sister Frances was born in Pensacola, Florida, and spent virtually all of her ministerial life in either Florida, Louisiana, or South Carolina.

Frances Louise Barfield was born on July 22, 1932, to Theresa (Post) Streeter, who had married Earl Streeter when she was sixteen and Earl was twenty-six. They moved from their native Gainesville, Florida, to Pensacola, where Earl worked as a mechanic at the Naval Air Station. The couple had two children: Theresa in 1926 and then Frances. By the time Frances was born, however, Earl had deserted the family.

Her mother remarried when Frances was three years old, to David Coulson Barfield, a teacher at Pensacola High School who was “a good and kindly man,” Sister Frances wrote in her autobiography. Four more children came into the family: David, Jesse, Albert, and Genevieve, and David also adopted Frances and her sister.

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(1932-2022)

The small town of St. Johns, Arizona, about ninety miles southeast of Winslow, was the birthplace of Barbara Ann Mason on October 26, 1932.

Barbara was the fourth child born to Mary (Marquez) and Augustine Mason, joining her sister Esmel and two brothers, Leo and Herman. Another brother, Augustine (called Auggie), came later. A baby boy died of pneumonia when Barbara was in second grade.

She attended public school in St. Johns even after most of the family moved to Winslow when she was about ten years old; Esmel, who was an adult by that time, remained in St. Johns and Barbara lived with her during the school year.

Augustine was a railroad worker and Mary was a talented seamstress who made many of the children’s clothes herself. Their son Herman in particular seems to have inherited Mary’s creative streak, for he loved to draw and make things like Valentine’s Day cards out of paper and paste he made himself out of flour and water. He also was a good baker, going to work for a local bakery at age fifteen or sixteen and learning the craft very well. “He sometimes brought things home for the family and my mother was happy about that,” Sister Barbara Ann said in her life story.

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(1929-2022)

Fifteen children in all – ten girls and five boys – were born into the marriage of Edward and Hilda (Wellnitz) Thielk, beginning with Elizabeth in 1922 all the way to John, twenty-five years later in 1947. Of them, Shirley was the sixth, born on July 16, 1929.

The Thielks lived in Detroit, where Edward worked at Fisher Body, which was later part of General Motors. Over time, he rose through the ranks to become superintendent for material control. Hilda worked as a bookkeeper for a small company before marrying Edward in 1921.

In a 1985 class assignment at Siena Heights College (University) as Sister Shirley was working on her master’s in counseling, she wrote about her parents:

It seems to me that both my parents were extremely effective in modeling for us, their children, the values they believed in. They did not say to us one thing, and then live another. For one thing, it was very apparent to me as a child that my parents loved each other.

… Dad was also very affectionate, not just to Mother, but to all his children also, kissing and hugging all who were present at his departure from or his arrival home.

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(1932-2022)

When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

Sister Joseph Eilese Hukle kept a piece of paper with this phrase on it tucked away in a binder containing information about her life. It was the phrase that Sister Peggy Coyne, Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter Prioress, chose to conclude her eulogy at Sister’s wake.

Helen Patricia Hukle, the future Sister Joseph Eilese, was born on February 1, 1932, in Miami Beach, Florida, to Joseph and Margaret (Hagen) Hukle. She was the youngest in the family, following brothers Joseph Francis and Edward John and sister Margaret Mary.

The two older boys were born in The Bronx, New York, in 1920 and 1923, respectively. At some point soon thereafter, their father traveled to Florida, decided it was like a “little paradise,” and brought his family to Miami Beach to live. There, he and Margaret were among the founding members of St. Patrick Parish – pastored by Mother Gerald Barry’s brother William.

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