“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”
December 1, 1930 – February 7, 2020




“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”

This is a prayer-chant that Sr. Kenneth Huelsing practiced saying many times a day, once her health required that she move from Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse to DuPage Care Center in Wheaton, and later to St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, Illinois. In the first move she found herself deeply missing the Community prayer and spiritual rituals of Our Lady of the Angels Convent and Sisters. Later when she moved to St. Patrick’s Residence she felt more
spiritual companionship but the inner chant still breathed within her until she was breathed by her God into the fullness of the chant.

“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”

She was named at birth and baptism Elizabeth Joan by her parents Agnes and Bernard. She had five sisters and four brothers. Her only living sibling is Sr. Agnes of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Palatine, Illinois. Her sibling, Sr. Leander, also a Wheaton Franciscan, died in 2012. Sr. Kenneth entered the congregation in 1955 and professed her perpetual vows in 1963. During the years of her ministry she offered her service, stories, humor, heartfelt friendship, and deep
and prayerful presence among folks in St. Louis, Missouri, Appleton, Wisconsin, Rochester, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wheaton, Illinois, Rome, Italy, Oak Park, Illinois and at Our Lady of the Angels in Wheaton, Illinois. Her ministry centered around hospital dietary services and loving community direction leadership.

Those of us who remember her will always feel companioned by her stories, recitations, humorous ditties and heartfelt wisdom. Let us pray with her:

“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”


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Picture of Sr. Anselma and Sr. Kenneth picking apples at Van Elzen Orchard in Kimberly, WI. (1960s).

Sr. Kenneth grilling at St. Elizabeth Hospital in the 1960s.


Sr. Kenneth as a novice and her blood sister Sr. Leander.

Picture of Sr. Kenneth (center right sitting) with other Sisters at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton, WI. They were a close-knit community for many years. Sr. Kenneth worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a dietitian for 12 years.


Sr. Kenneth came back to Wheaton in 1994 and worked with our elderly Sisters in Francis Community. She is pictured here with Sr. Henritta looking over the goods sold at a bazaar at OLA.

A picture taken of Sr. Kenneth in 2015 by Sr. Fran Glowinski.

Sr. Kenneth enjoyed her weekly visits with Sr. Rose Mary Pint at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville.



Memorial Service

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Service Began at 4:00 PM

Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, February 17. 2020
Service Began at 10:00 AM


Assumption Cemetery
Winfield, Illinois

Both services were held in the OLA Chapel see address below:

26w171 Roosevelt Rd. 
Entrance #5
Wheaton, IL 60187