In Memoriam

Sister Joseph Eilese Hukle, OP


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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Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


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Avatar  RS 5 months agoReply

Sister Jo, thank you for everything. God Blessed you so.

Avatar  Mary Ellen Heinicke 5 months agoReply

Sister Jo was an incredible woman, a beautiful example of what a sister should be. I am glad that she is finally receiving her very much deserved heavenly reward. It was a pleasure and a blessing to know her and to work with her.

Avatar  Kathleen Clark 5 months agoReply

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Sister Joseph Eilese...she was my 2nd grade Teacher in the late 50's, early 60's at St. Jude's in St. Petersburg, FL....she was one of my very favorite teachers at St. Jude's....We also reconnected about 15 years ago when she was a customer at the bank where I worked....She was sweet and very kind to me and had a cute sense of humor....I will always have fond memories of her !....May our Dear Lord and His Precious Mother surround her with their Everlasting Love !...RIP Sister Joe....🙏🌹

Avatar  Mary Ellen Heinicke 5 months agoReply

Sister Jo,
So glad that you are finally reaping your very well deserved reward. It was both an honor and a blessing to have known you and worked with you.
Mary Ellen Heinicke and family for

Avatar  Edward John Hukle, Jr. 5 months agoReply

Sister Jo (aka Aunt Patsy) was a talented, wonderful, thoughtful lady who loved to share with everyone. She had a true gift of gab and a memory that was incredible. She will be missed. I know she is enjoying heaven. May she Rest In Peace with God.

Avatar  scott edwards 5 months agoReply

Sister JO was an inspiration to us all....may god welcome her to his kingdom with open arms. I will never forget her warm and funny personality ,..she really was one of a kind !! RIP and God Bless !!

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