Joliet Franciscan Sister, Sister Leomarie Luecke honored for 43 years of service at the Spanish Community Center

Sister-Leomarie-LueckeSister Leomarie Luecke was recently honored by the Spanish Community Center of Joliet, Illinois, for her 40 plus years of service to the center
and the community at large. She has been involved with the Spanish Center since 1971. To this day, many people still come to their door looking for “the nun who speaks Spanish that teaches English!”

At their Award Celebration and Fiesta held on March 13, 2014, The Spanish Community Center bestowed their Community Service Award to Sister Leomarie. While presenting Sister Leomarie her award, Elizabeth Guzman, a Board Member of the Spanish Center, said this, “Do you know how it’s often said that if you want to change the world, teach? Well since 1971, Sister Leomarie has been a catalyst for positive change in the lives of hundreds – maybe thousands of people who, thanks to Sister Leo, have learned to speak the English language!” It is indeed a great tribute to Sister Leomarie, who through her special dedication, patience and love of teaching, has been able “to empowered so many who have contributed to a better community for everyone.” Her award reads: “Walk the Talk – take the initiative and lead the way, you can make the difference. Sister Leo Marie Luecke, In sincere appreciation of your contributions. 2014 Spanish Community Center.

Sister Leomarie and the other honorees received a letter from Illinois State Senator, Pat McGuire in which he says the following about Sister Leomarie, “…your skills, smile, musical talents continue to enrich our community. Felicidades and continued good wishes to each of you and to the Spanish Community Center.”

There is no stopping Sister Leomarie anytime soon. Sister Leomarie who just celebrated her 76th birthday and has said there are no plans for retiring. As she put it, “As long as I can continue, I will!”


Sister Leomarie Luecke (seated) was accompanied to the award
ceremony by the following Sisters (standing from the left):
Rose Marie Surwilo, Teresinha Del’Acqua, Rosemary Huzl,
Odelia Kloc, Lourdes Boyer, Pauline Ann Furiel, Mary Agnes
Cross, Clarita Schumacher, Dolores Zemont, Albert Marie
Papesh and Martha Kienzler.