Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Jennie Hilsee 1924-2023


Jennie Hilsee

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant Jennie, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth
and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now 
and for ever. Amen.

It is with profound sadness that I share with you that our beloved Jennie Hilsee died on Sunday evening, March 12th.

Jennie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, church leader, Sunday School Leader and a beautiful soul who I was blessed to get to know over these last six years as your rector.  Living a blessed 97 years, Jennie was a blessing to everyone. 

She was the beloved mother to Marietta, Don, and Sue, and was a integral part of the fabric and community of St. Mary's for many decades as a leader in the Daughters of the King and as a leader in our Sunday School.  Several of our adult members had Jennie as their Sunday School teacher, and she had a profound effect upon them, as she had on all who knew her and loved her.

Funeral plans are still being made, but I wanted to let you know this sad news, but also to encourage you to reach out to Marietta in this time.  I am including some photos of Jennie from the recent past (when I was visiting her), as well as a few years ago at a gathering of the Daughters of the King, and some wonderful photos of Jennie teaching Sunday School over the years. 

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn, that casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please say a prayer for our beloved Hilsee Family, 

May God bless you and keep you always, 

Fr. Peter+

The Reverend Peter Carey

Rector, St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

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