February 7, 2009, dawned as an unusually warm and sunny day, with a hint of spring and new beginnings in the air. For Sister Christine it would be a day like no other, for the Lord came for her that morning. After much pain and suffering, Sister Christine experienced a new beginning, an eternal spring in which death would be no more.
Christine Anastasia Tegeler’s life began November 14, 1921, in Green Creek, Illinois. She was baptized at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Green Creek, Illinois. She was born into a family of two sisters—Magdalen and Louise—and seven brothers: Lawrence, George, Conrad, Aloysius, Henry, Frank and Alphonse. Her parents, Elizabeth Ludwig Tegeler and Henry Tegeler provided a loving home for their family. But when Christine was only ten, her father died at the age of fifty, leaving her mother to raise ten children from ages five months to nineteen years. All the older children had to help out with the farm, but they remained close. Christine believed that what sustained them as a family was their love of music. They often spent evenings on the porch singing and literally entertaining the neighbors.