Sister Margaret Jilka — Feb. 17, 1930 – Dec. 12, 2018

December 13, 2018 by

Sister Margaret Jilka died Dec. 12, 2018, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village in Concordia, Kan. She was 88 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph for 69 years. She was born on Feb. 17, 1930, in Salina, Kan., to Jerry and Agnes Wearing Jilka, the fifth of five children, and was baptized Margaret Mary.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia on Sept. 8, 1948. On March 19, 1949, Margaret received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Mary Eugene. Later, she returned to her baptismal name, Margaret. She pronounced first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on March 19, 1953.

Sister Margaret received an BA in English from Marymount College, a MA in religious studies from the University of Detroit, and a MA in theology from Fordham University. She was a religious education teacher at Catholic schools in Cawker City, Grand Island, Neb., and Salina. In 1990, she became hospital chaplain at St. John’s Hospital, Salina, until her retirement in 2006. In 2008, she moved to the Motherhouse and then to Mt. Joseph Senior Village.

Sister Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. A Bible Vigil Service will be held  7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel with Sister Eulalia Kloeker as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Motherhouse Chapel with Rev. Jim Hoover presiding. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery.

Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. Sixth St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials for Sister Margaret Jilka may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/ Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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