On Friday evening, May 29, 2009, Sister Angela Marie Kostelec made her journey home to God, surrounded by devoted nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with her Joliet Franciscan sisters, who had kept vigil at her bedside for several days.
Born on May 6, 1908, little Angela was welcomed into life by her parents, Mary and Anthony Kostelec and baptized at St. Joseph Parish in Joliet, Illinois. The Kostelec family grew until there were nine children – two sons and seven daughters. At the age of seven, Angela lost her mother to death and at the age of nine her father died as well. Despite this enormous loss, Angela and her siblings built their lives on their parents’ legacy of love and faith. Influenced by the care and concern of the Joliet Franciscan sisters, Angela Marie and two of her sisters, Frances Marie and Josephine, became members of the Congregation.