Local Students Receive The Sr. Luechtefeld Awards

June 1, 2018
The Sr. Leona Luechtefeld Award was awarded to two St. Theresa of Avila School Students. Greta Motch and Ryan Wuebbels were surprised with the awards on May 22, 2018.  Their Religion teacher, Mrs. Ann Hilmes, who helped the students with their projects and essay writing, was also awarded for her service to the Catholic Schools in the Diocese.  Each student and teacher won $100 to be “paid forward and given to charity.”  Greta Motch is donating her award to Cardinal Glenon Children’s Hospital. Ryan Wuebbels is donating his award to the Hungry Hearts Program that helps feed the local youth during the summer.  His parents are also adding to his donation to benefit the Hungry Hearts Program.  Mrs. Hilmes is donating her award to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The Diocese of Belleville Ministry to Sick and Aged Sr. Leona Luechtfeld Award was created to honor Sr. Leona who was born in St. Libory, IL in 1924.  In 1975, she moved to Belleville and became involved in developing Hospice of Southern Illinois and Outreach and Advocacy for the Elderly in Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP).  For the next 40 years, Sr. Leona primarily helped low income elders with accessing a variety of local, state and federal programs.  She retired from PSOP in 2016 and remains active in Hospice as a volunteer patient visitor.
“The Diocese of Belleville and especially Bishop Edward Braxton have always been very supportive of our school!” said Marcia Stinde, the Principal of St. Theresa of Avila School.  “The Sr. Leona Luechtefeld Award was only given to three students in the Diocese and two were from our wonderful school!  We are so proud of their accomplishments and couldn’t ask for a better recognition from the Diocese! All of our students work very hard on our school service projects and their own service projects.  They said it was nice to be awarded, but they would do the same thing even if there were no awards.”