Obituaries, October 20, 2017

Loretta C. (Ernstmann), 99, All Saints, Wichita, Sept. 24.
Fr. Joseph Thuc, 61, St. Anthony, Wichita, Sept. 27.
Donald Alexander, 81, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Sept. 27.
Bradley Dee, 55, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 28.
Steve A., 67, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Sept. 28.
Brenda Lee Silcott, 65, Immaculate Conception, Danville, Sept. 29.
Thomas Joseph, 68, St. Mary, Derby, Oct. 1.
Beatrice, 78, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Oct. 2.
Mary F., 98, St. John, El Dorado, Oct. 2.
Caroline Llamas “Carole,” 70, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Oct. 2.
Charles “Chuck,” St. John, El Dorado, Oct. 3.
Adam Wesley, 25, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, Oct. 4.
Frances J., 91, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Oct. 6.
Iris Elaine (McAlpine), 74, Holy Savior, Wichita, Oct. 5.
Sue, 94, St. Pius X Student Center, Pittsburg, Oct. 6.
Shirley A., 81, St. John, El Dorado, Oct. 6.
Doris Rae, 93, St. Patrick, Parsons, Oct. 9.
Lyle K., 71, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Oct. 11.

Fr. Leroy Linnebur dies Sept. 12 at age 85

Father Leroy Linnebur, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for nearly 56 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 16, at Sacred Heart Church in Colwich.
Father Tom Scaletty, a retired priest of the diocese, said Father Linnebur will be “greatly missed.”
Father Leroy was part of a group of priests who met on Tuesdays for golf and a meal.
“Fr. Leroy was a better cook than golfer. He had a great sense of humor,” he said, adding, “May he rest in peace!”
Father Linnebur was born on a farm near Colwich on July 24, 1932, to Bill and Alvine Linnebur. He attended grade school in Colwich and high school in Andale. After graduating, he helped his parents raise cattle for a couple of years, and then decided to begin studying for the priesthood.
Father Linnebur attended the North American College in Rome, Italy, and was ordained a priest at St. Peter’s Basilica in 1961.
He served as an assistant at St. Patrick Parish, Kingman; All Saints and Magdalen in Wichita; and at Sacred Heart in Frontenac after his ordination. Father Linnebur was assigned to St. Mary High School in Pittsburg in 1966 and two years later to Trinity High School in Hutchinson.
In 1970 he served as administrator of Holy Trinity, Little River, while continuing his duties in Hutchinson. Father Linnebur was named pastor of Sacred Heart in Cunningham in 1975; St. John, El Dorado in 1978; St. Joseph, Conway Springs and St. Martin, Caldwell, in 1983; and St. John, Clonmel in 1992. He retired in 2002.
Survivors are sisters, Mary Youngers of Kingman, and Sister Mary Ruth of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; brothers Wayne and Donald of Wichita, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established with the Diocese of Wichita’s Priest Education and Retirement Fund.

Sr. Josephine O’Gorman dies Sept. 21 at age 86

Sister Josephine O’Gorman, 86, died Sept. 21. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph for nearly 70 years. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
Sr. Josephine was born on July 25, 1931, in Tulamore, County Meath, Ireland. She was educated in the elementary National School in Tallow and Assumption High School. At the age of 16 she left Ireland to join the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita, receiving the habit on March 19, 1948. She made her final profession on July 26, 1953.
Sr. Josephine’s education continued at Sacred Heart Junior College, Friends University, Ft. Hays State University, before receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. She began her ministry as a housekeeper for two years, and moved to teaching where she served schools in the Diocese of Wichita and Dodge City in Hoisington, Iola, Pratt, Coffeyville, Derby, Kingman, and Wichita.
In 1985 she began working in pastoral ministry at St. Teresa Parish in Hutchinson, working in adult education and the parish RCIA program. She continued this ministry after moving to Danville, Kansas, working in the combined parishes of Danville/Harper/Anthony where she formed study groups, directed the RCIA process, and visited the elderly in the parishes. She followed this with a move to Ponca City, Oklahoma, to serve as chaplain in Westminster Village in 1997.
Sr. Josephine never truly retired. Upon returning to Mt. St. Mary’s in Wichita, she began volunteering by organizing Bible study groups, supporting the CSJ Associate program, providing prayerful support and guidance for clients and staff of Dear Neighbor Ministries and Stepstone, as well as helping with fundraising activities. Her grace and hospitality to visitors of the convent and the CSJ sponsored ministries will long be remembered by those who met her.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. and/or StepStone 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Sr. Renee Kirmer dies Sept. 20 in Wichita

Sister Mary Renee Kirmer, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 20. Sister Renee had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 57 years.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated for her on Monday, Sept. 25, at the ASC’s Wichita Center. Burial was in the Wichita Center cemetery.
Sr. Renee was born on Dec. 28, 1935, near Spearville, Kansas, the sixth child of Frank and Albina (Penka) Kirmer. She was baptized at St. John the Baptist Church.
Her family later moved to Dodge City where she played softball, tennis, and basketball. She was the valedictorian of her 1953 Dodge City High School graduating class, and later worked there for five years as the principal’s secretary.
She graduated in 1963 from Sacred Heart College, earning a bachelor’s degree in business and theology. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame University in 1970, and a master’s degree in spirituality from the University of San Francisco in 1993.
She entered the Adorer community in Wichita in September, 1958. She professed her first vows on July 1, 1960, and her permanent vows on July 1, 1965.
Sr. Renee did most of her ministry in Wichita as director of aspirants, high school teacher, Sacred Heart College director of records and admissions, provincial councilor, pastoral team member, pastoral associate, and director of several diocesan planning committees.
She served on the boards of Villa Maria in Mulvane; St. Joseph Villa in David City, Neb.; Wichita diocesan board of education, and Newman University.
Sr. Renee was pastoral associate at St. Mary’s Cathedral for 19 years and was active in the parish’s committees, classes, and events. As her farewell gift, the parish bought her a plane ticket to Rome so that she could attend the canonization of the Adorers’ founder, St. Maria De Mattias, in May 2003.
In 2008, she took on the ministry of welcoming women who were considering a vocation with the Adorers. She also helped sisters with budgeting, and volunteered at Newman University’s registrar’s office, Botanica, and The Lord’s Diner, and served as a board member for the Center of Hope.
Memorial donations may be made online at, or to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 63109.

Obituaries, October 6, 2017

Jeannette K., 89, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Sept. 6.
Harold Thomas “Cupcake,” 84, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 7.
Daniel John, 74, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Sept. 7.
Carolyn S., 81, St. Bridget, Scammon, Sept. 8.
Raymond Nicholas “Ray,” 86, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Sept. 8.
Carol Jeanette, 67, Immaculate Conception, Danville, Sept. 9.
Rose V., 83, St. Mary, Derby, Sept. 9.
John Paul, 93, St. Joseph, Ost, Sept. 9.
Carmen, 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, Sept. 10.
Carol Jane, 62, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Sept. 10.
Vincent Joseph, 72, All Saints, Wichita, Sept. 10.
Fred F., 87, St. Joseph, Arma, Sept. 11.
Robert E., 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 11.
George L., 76, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Sept. 11.
Lewis B., 85, St. Mary, Aleppo, Sept. 11.
Armando “Herman,” 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Sept. 12.
Stanley R., 66, St. Joseph, Wichita, Sept. 12.
Charles R., 83, Mother of God, Oswego, Sept. 14.
Marjorie, 83, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 14.
Margaret Rose, 76, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Sept. 15.
Harold H. “Harry,” 82, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Sept. 16.
Joseph John, 83, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Sept. 16.
John L., 73, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Sept. 17.
Paula Marie, 93, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Sept. 17.
Sondra K. (Holder), 75, Christ the King, Wichita, Sept. 18.
Janet Gail, 64, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Sept. 19.
Carolyn Jean, 70, St. Joseph, Wichita, Sept. 20.
Esther Marie, 93, St. Mary, Derby, Sept. 20.
Enrique A., 86, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 20.
Erna M., 87, St. Mary, Newton, Sept. 20.
Emma Angela, 101, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Sept. 20.
Ron, 56, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Sept. 21.
Jerald, 84, St. Martin, Caldwell, Sept. 21.
Norman, 75, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 21.
Michael J., 66, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Sept. 21.
Chad L. (Berger), 49, St. Mary, Newton, Sept. 22.
Donald Mack “Don,” 89, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Sept. 23.
Lisa Marie, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 23.
Edna “Sunni,” 63, St. John, Clonmel, Sept. 23.
Arky, 93, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Sept. 24.
Sybil A., 98, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Sept. 25.
Donald Alexander, 81, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Sept. 27.

Sr. Rose Marie Montpetit dies Sept. 1 in Wichita at 89

Sister Rose Marie Montpetit, 89, a Sister of St. Joseph for 68 years, died Sept. 1 at Marian Hall West in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
Sister Rose was born in Taycheiah, Wisconsin, on Oct. 24, 1927, was adopted by Celestin J. and Mary Dufresne Montpetit, and grew up as their only child. After graduating in 1946 from Somerset High School in Somerset, Wisconsin, she worked for the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company.
This was not particularly satisfying for her so she entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Crookston, Minnesota, on Sept. 8, 1949. On March 18, 1950, she received the habit and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 8, 1955.
Sister Rose’s education continued at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato, Minnesota, where she graduated in 1953 as a licensed practical nurse. She worked in Minnesota hospitals in Mankato, Park Rapids, Baudette, and Crookston, Minnesota, and Houma, Louisiana. In 1986 and until her retirement, her ministry focused mainly on elder care in Nursing Homes and Home Health in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
She moved to Wichita in October of 2010 where she retired and became a resident of Marian Hall at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent. She was preceded in death by her parents and in addition to members of her religious community she is survived by a number of Dufresne and Montpetit cousins and many friends.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. or the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, September 15, 2017

Nathaniel Franklin, 21, Christ the King, Wichita, Aug. 5.
Larry Lee, 78, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Aug. 18.
Ralph Robert, Sr., 75, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Aug. 23.
Janet Irene (Snell), 84, St. Anne, Wichita, Aug. 23.
Mary Jean, 68, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Aug. 23.
Victor W., 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 24.
Joyce Elaine, 79, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 24.
Barbara Jean, 60, St. Francis, St. Paul, Aug. 24.
Elizabeth, 72, St. Peter, Schulte, Aug. 25.
Loretta Elizabeth, 96, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Aug. 25.
Brett Lee, 58, St. Mary, Newton, Aug. 26.
Anna Lee, 86, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Aug. 26.
Samuel P., 57, Pittsburg, Aug. 26.
Shirley Jean, 88, St. James, Augusta, Aug. 31.
Joe Raul, 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 27.
Gilbert Leroy, 73, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Aug. 27.
Stan, 51, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 28.
Mary Ann, 80, St. Joseph, McPherson, Aug. 29.
Kristie Sue (Herman), 46, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Aug. 30.
Terry Dean, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Aug. 30.
Janet, 70, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Aug. 30.
Connie, 82, All Saints, Wichita, Aug. 30.
Audrey, 92, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Aug. 30.
Alan Robert “Bobby,” 61, St. Anne, Wichita, Aug. 31.
Joseph, 72, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Aug. 31.
Sue Ann (Dalton), 90, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Sept. 1.
Connie Elpers, 68, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 2.
Jacqueline J., 52, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 2.
Joyce Elaine, 76, St. Michael, Girard, Sept. 2.
Robert “Bob,” 82, St. Patrick, Wichita, Sept. 3.
Lee Paul, 90, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Sept. 3.
Timothy J., 52, St. Joseph, Andale, Sept. 4.
Jean M., 76, Parsons, Sept. 4.
Greg, 85, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Sept. 5.

Services for Fr. Grabner Aug. 29 in Neodesha

Father died Aug. 25 having served the Diocese of Wichita for 58 years
Father Eugene W. Grabner, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 58 years, died Friday, Aug. 25, at St. John’s Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He was 84.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 29, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Neodesha. He was buried in Neodesha.
Father was born on June 25, 1933, in Neodesha, and studied for the priesthood at Conception Seminary, Conception, Missouri, and St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado.
After his ordination on May 28, 1959, at St. Ignatius Church in Neodesha, Father Grabner served in the 1960s as an assistant pastor at All Saints, Wichita; St. Patrick, Parsons; Sacred Heart, Frontenac; Sacred Heart, Colwich; St. Patrick, Kingman; and St. Mary, Newton.
He was named an assistant at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg in 1970 where he also served as chaplain of Colgan High School. He was named an assistant at St. Anthony-St. Rose in Wellington in 1971 while serving as diocesan Director of Youth. Later that year he was named chaplain of Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita.
In 1974 Father Grabner was named pastor of St. John Parish in Zenda. Two years later he was moved to become pastor of Sacred Heart, Eureka; St. Teresa, Madison; and St. John, Hamilton.
In 1981 he was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in McPherson. While pastor there he helped found St. Bridget of Sweden Parish in Lindsborg and oversaw the building of the church, which also serves the needs of Catholic students attending Bethany College there.
While reading about the life of St. Bridget of Sweden, Father Grabner was inspired to commission a crucifix fashioned after the image of Christ on the Shroud of Turin. The priests of the Diocese of Wichita paid for the crucifix sculpted by western artist Frank Reese.
Father Graber was named pastor of Holy Name in Winfield and St. Mary in Oxford in 1987, and in 1992 was named pastor of St. Mary in Newton.
In 1995 he served as chaplain for Mercy Hospital and the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Ft. Scott. He was named pastor of St. Rose of Lima, Columbus, and St. Bridget, Scammon, in 1998. He retired from active ministry in 2003.
Father Grabner has a brother, Benedictine Father Donald Grabner.
A Father Eugene W. Grabner Seminary Burse has been established with the Diocese of Wichita.

Sister Eugenio dies Aug. 22 in Dubuque

Sister of Charity Mary Ellen Caldwell, also known as Sister Eugenio, died Aug. 22 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 97.
Sister Mary Ellen taught preschool at Mount Carmel Academy in Wichita, and elementary school in Chicago and Dubuque, where she was principal. She served on the faculty and as department chair at Clarke University in Dubuque and taught at a seminary in Kumasi, Ghana. She also volunteered as an ESL teacher.
Sister was born in Milwaukee on June 11, 1920, to Francis S. and Helen Fitzsimmons Caldwell. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1938, professed first vows on March 19, 1941, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1946.
Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003.

Sacred Heart parishioner lived stewardship to the day she died

Cheryl Kernohan knew death was near, but that didn’t stop her from her sacristan duty of setting up for Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Anthony several days before she passed away.
Father Michael Peltzer, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Harper County, described Mrs. Kernohan as a devout woman who gave of herself to the church to the very end.
“She was a valued member of my parish and a true model of generosity, virtue, and stewardship,” he said.
Father Peltzer said Mrs. Kernohan told him a short time before her death that she knew the end was near. Once again he anointed her. It was the last time he would do so.
Services for Mrs. Kernohan were held Saturday, Aug. 19. She is survived by her husband, Pat, and three children.
She was a cosmetologist but had many other jobs, including an avocation as a volunteer for the Wheat Belt Girl Scouts in Hutchinson for 25 years.
It was after she and her family became members of Sacred Heart Church in Anthony, one of the communities that make up St. Joan of Arc Parish, that her stewardship began to truly shine.
She became director of religious education for young people, served on the Confirmation Preparation team, served as president of the Sacred Heart Altar Guild, was sacristan at Sacred Heart, and also was a lector.
While president of the Altar Guild, Mrs. Kernohan helped found the Prayer Shawl Ministry, which provided spiritual help along with donations of colorful shawls to those in need, especially the ill.
She also helped Father Peltzer organize the Mary Mantle Prayer Group for the Anthony community, whose goal was to pray for those who had left the Catholic faith. She and another parishioner organized special days of recollection and retreats for women of the parish.
Mrs. Kernohan was honored by the Diocese of Wichita in 2002 for her dedication and work in religious education. Her work on earth ended on Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption, at age 65.

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