In Memoriam


Sister Joseph Eilese Hukle, baptized Helen Patricia Hukle, died on Friday, September 9, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Joseph Eilese was born in Miami Beach, Florida, to Joseph and Margaret (Hagan) Hukle. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Miami Beach and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami. She was also certified as a gerontologist by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  

Sister spent more than 25 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, and Miami Beach, Florida; and Santurce, Puerto Rico, which includes nine years as principal in addition to teaching. She served in ministry to the sick for three years at St. Ambrose Parish in Deerfield Beach, and in religious education for 15 years in Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point, and St. Petersburg, all in Florida. 

Sister Joseph Eilese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Margaret Mary King, Joseph Hukle and Edward Hukle. She is survived by loving family and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s Memorial Mass via live stream.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Joseph Eilese was held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. The Rite of Remembrance will be held at 1:30 p.m. that day in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Memorial Mass for Sister Joseph Eilese

Worship Aid (PDF)

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No recording of Sister Joseph's Rite of Remembrance was made. We apologize for this error.


Left: Helen, the future Sister Joseph Eilese, with her mother, Margaret; Right: Margaret and Helen (the future Sister Joseph Eilese) Hukle celebrate First Holy Communion.

Left: Adrian Dominican Sisters on the faculty of St. Jude School, St. Petersburg, Florida for the 1957-1958 school year are: standing, from left, Sisters Josette Marie (Theresa) Sinnamon, Rose Dolores (Joyce) LaVoy, Peter Ann (Janice) Scholl, Victor Cecile Goecke, Catherine Edward (Catherine) O’Brien, and Mary Thomas (Ann Rose) Kelly; and seated, from left, Sisters Ann Noreen Ryan, Rose Patrick Conroy, Joseph Eilese Hukle, and Augustine Marie Dorr. 

Right: Sisters Therese Margaret Roberts, left, and Joseph Eilese Hukle

Left: Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilarians, December Reception Crowd, are: back row, from left, Sisters Kieran Therese Quirke, Mary White, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Shirley Smith, Jeannine Therese McGorray, Geraldine Maloney, and Sean Morley; middle row, from left, Sisters Rita Crotty, Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta May, Noreen Burke, Genevieve Jeziolkowski, Marlene Kuhnlein, and Janet Michael Hudspeth; and front row, from left, Sisters Lila Watt, Carol Denise Koenig, Virginia Beattie, Maria Goretti Browne, Ellen Kennedy, Joseph Eilese Hukle, and Donna Markham (Prioress). Right: Sister Joseph Eilese displays the birthday cake for her 50th birthday.

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