Sister Lillian, baptized Katherine Louise, was the seventh of 10 children born to Andrew and Rose (Dinges) Stecklein. She grew up on a farm near Ness City, Kan., and attended the public school there until the family moved to town. She was then able to attend Sacred Heart parish school for her eighth grade.
After starting high school in Ness City, she decided to join the ASC community. She entered the Adorers’ novitiate on Aug.