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1921 Sr. 2003

Sr. Joette Huels, P.H.J.C.

January 10, 1921 — November 25, 2003

Sr. Joette Huels, P.H.J.C., 82, of Union Road Donaldson, Indiana, died of natural causes at her residence in the Catherine Kasper Life Center on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.

Born the daughter of Paul J. and Elizabeth Hempen Huels on January 10, 1921 in Carlyle, Illinois.

On June 25, 1940, Sr. Joette entered the Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and professed her vows on June 25, 1942. She lived a full and dedicated life serving children and older adults, with her gift of a kind and gentle nature, she put into practice her studies of two associates degrees. The first being in Child Care and her second in Mental Health for the Aged.

In 1941 Sister Joette began her ministry as a child care worker at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago, Illinois. In 1948, she continued child care work at St. John’s Orphanage in Belleville, Illinois, until 1954. From 1954 until 1973, she was the assistant administrator at Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago and also Local Leader for the Sisters there.

In 1973 Sister Joette was elected as First Associate on the Provincial Team. She held that position until 1979. From 1979 until 1985, Sister Joette was the Local Leader at the Catherine Kasper Home. In 1985, she became the Executive Secretary for the Provincial Team and kept that position until January 2003. During ten of those years, she also served as Local Leader at the Motherhouse, Donaldson. Sister volunteered in the Provincial Office until September 2003 and at that time she retired at the Catherine Kasper Home.

Surviving are brothers; Louis (Betty) Huels, Matt (Rita) Huels and Edward (Nancy) Huels all of Carlyle, Ill and Carl (Helen) Huels of Bartelso, Ill. Sisters include Olive (Ed) Becker of Carlyle, Catherine (Adolph) Von Hatten of Beckmeyer, Ill. and sister-in-law, Aggie Huels of Carlyle. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A brother Paul Huels has preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 28, 2003, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. in the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sat. Novemeber 29th with the Revs. Ed Konerman S.J., Dan McCarthy and Richard Schroeder concelebrating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson.
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