Obituaries, June 16, 2017

FOLEY
Michael C. “Mike,” 85, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 26.
GEHRER
Martha Kathleen, 86, St. Mary, Derby, May 26.
ARENSDORF
Ralph J., 74, St. Patrick, Kingman, May 30.
SMITH
Mary Catherine, 78, St. Anne, Wichita, May 1.
HOLDER
Kylie Dawn, 36, Sacred Heart, Frontenac.
SUTER
John T., 70, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, June 2.
FORD
Dennis E. “Den,” 66, St. Leo, St. Leo, June 4.
HOLDER
Hazel I. (Hughbanks), 93, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 4.
MIES
Wilfred P., 88, St. Patrick, Wichita, June 6.
BLISS
Janie, 76, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, June 7.

Sister of St. Joseph Rebecca Martinez dies May 24

Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Rebecca (Beatrice Valentine) Martinez, 97, died May 24 in Wichita.
The Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday May 30, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
She was born Feb. 14, 1920 in Wichita, to Lucio and Rebecca Martinez, the eldest in a family of six children. She studied at Waco Elementary School, continuing at St. Patrick’s School, St. Mary’s Cathedral High School, and Sacred Heart College (now Newman University) in Wichita.
After two years attending to family responsibilities, she entered the Congregation of St. Joseph, receiving the habit March 19, 1942, and making final vows in August 1947. During those years she began her professional training to become a registered radiologic technologist passing the boards in 1944.
During this ministry she worked in congregation hospitals in Winfield, Parsons, and Wichita, where she ministered at St. Joseph Hospital for 55 years. Upon retirement, she remained at that hospital as a volunteer until she moved to Marian Hall at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in 2005 continuing her ministry in prayer.
In addition to members of her religious community, she is survived by her brother Laurence B. Martinez, and five nieces and seven nephews.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. or to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, June 2, 2017

NAVARRO
Hipolito Mata, 84, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, March 27.
DOWNEY
Michael S., 62, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, April 22.
WALLACE
Dorothy Ellen, 76, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, April 22.
BRANINE
Joshua Wayne “Josh,” 35, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, May 7.
BAIMA
Anton Joseph “A.J.,” 60, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, May 10.
OLLEK
Kelly Lynn (Nelson), 52, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 10.
DOLD
M.L. Patricia “Pat,” 92, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, May 12.
EGBERT
Erwin “Elmo,” St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, May 12.
HAYES
Elizabeth Ireton “Betty,” 90, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 12.
LUDWIG
Konnie, 87, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 12.
BIGLEY
Sarah E., 39, St. Peter, Schulte, May 13.
BURGER
June, 82, St. John, Iola, May 14.
FLYNN
Patrick M. “Pat,” 76, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 14.
CHAVEZ
Eleanor Louise (Williams), 82, Christ the King, Wichita, May 15.
FOSTER
Mary Louise (Sandoval), 60, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, May 15.
KOEHLER
Connie F. (Wells), 68, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, May 15.
RIDDER
Carol A., 74, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, May 15.
SCHALLER
Charlene F., 83, St. Leo, St. Leo, May 15.
UNREIN
Alvin, 91, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 15.
WOOD
David J., St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita.
ESPINOZA
Maria de Jesus (Garcia), 97, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson.
BURNETT
Patricia (Botkin), 87, St. Patrick, Harper, May 16.
HINTON
Joseph Scott “Joe,” 54, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, May 16.
CALVILLO
Michael E., 62, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, May 18.
FINKELDEI
Marcella Mary “Sally,” 95, Sacred Heart, Colwich, May 18.
BREDEHOFT
Theodore Cornell “Ted,” 84, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 20.
GOMEZ
Margarito J., 93, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, May 20.
THOME
Stephen R., 65, St. Peter, Schulte, May 20.
CARTER
Charlotte M., 88, St. Francis, St. Paul, May 22.
MECKEL
Vernon E., 96, St. Patrick, Wichita, May 23.

Obituaries, May 19, 2017

GUERRERO
Vidal Victor, 88, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, April 10.
CAMPBELL
Robert B. “Robie,” 70, St Joseph, Wichita, April 21.
WALLACE
Dorothy Ellen, 76, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, April 22.
GIRRENS
Francis Joseph, 79, St. Peter, Schulte, April 24.
WESTERMAN
Larry F., 73, St. John, Iola, April 27.
MEYER
Otto Louis, 86, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, April 28.
STROHL
Michael R., 64, St. Leo, St. Leo, April 28.
TESTA
Joseph A., 94, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 28.
PRACHT
Michael Anthony, 26, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, April 29.
TUCKER
Linda Marie, 54, St. Patrick, Wichita, April 29.
CRUM
Mary Dolores (Collins), 89, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 30.
STEIN
Jack Douglas, 74, All Saints, Wichita, April 30.
HOWELL
Dr. Gerald L., 84, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 1.
JOHNSON
Alvera A., 94, Sacred Heart, Halstead, May 1.
DAVY
Colonel Albert “Al,” 85, St. Mary, Derby, May 2.
MELCHER
Dorothy Fern, 85, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 4.
VOLMER
John Richard “Dick,” 78, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 4.
GUTIERREZ
Christopher, 48, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 5.
PARSONS
John R., 97, St. Patrick, Kingman, May 5.
CULBERTSON
Randy L., 66, St. John, El Dorado, May 6.
POKORSKI
Edward A., Jr., 74, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 6.
ROSSILLON
Ruth Helen (Hibbs), 91, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 6.
SCHNEIDER
Paul J., 88, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 6.
BORNIGER
Kathleen Ann (Kerschen), 70, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 8.
BOWMAKER
Donald D., 86, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 8.
MARTINEZ
Sylvia, 70, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, May 8.
MASSIONS
Thelma D., 92, St. Mary, Derby, May 8.
PARSONS
Elizabeth B, 100, St. Mary, Moline, May 9.
TOLEDO
Lupe, 97, St. Jude, Wichita, May 9.
SIMONCIC
Frank James, 80, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, May 10.

Father Siewert’s father dies April 16 at 96

Clement C. Seiwert, 96, the father of Father Charles Seiwert, died Sunday, April 16, at his home.
Mr. Seiwert was retired from farming and was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mark’s Thursday, April 20.
In addition to Father Seiwert, Mr. Siewert is survived by his children Mark, Paul, Vincent, Thomas, Leander, Irene Harney, Elizabeth Bracken, and Mary Jane Greeson. Mr. Seiwert and his late wife, Mary Catherine, also have 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Father Seiwert, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, is currently serving in the Diocese of Dodge City at St. Mary Church in Garden City.

Friar Cleves dies in Cincinnati March 24

Franciscan Friar Simeon Cleves, a former pastor of the now closed Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Wichita, died March 24.
Friar Cleves was pastor for six years at the Wichita parish beginning in 1972.
A native of Covington, Kentucky, he entered the Franciscan novitiate in 1946 and was ordained in 1955. He also served at parishes or ministries in Kansas City, Missouri, in Arkansas, New Mexico, Indiana, New Orleans, and Kentucky.

Obituaries, May 5, 2017

MORFORD
Marie Arlene Bachman, 87, St. Mary, Newton, March 5.
KRAUS
Angela R., St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 8.
HELLWIG
Steven Forrest, 38, Mother of God, Oswego, March 24.
HOUGH
Robert L., 77, Pittsburg, March 25.
DENTON-GUTIERREZ
Bevery Jean, 88, Holy Savior, Wichita, March 27.
ORNELAS
Martin, 60, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, March 27.
JIMENEZ
David C., 67, St. Anne, Wichita, March 29.
KRAMER
Donald D., 83, St. Anne, Wichita, March 30.
HAGEMAN
Paul John “Pauly,” 82, St. Leo, St. Leo, March 31.
VOGEL
Wilfred, 62, St. Joseph, Wichita, March 31.
STROUT
Vernon R., 80, St. Anne, Wichita, April 1.
TITUS
Carolyn Jeanne (Key), 79, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, April 1.
MARTIN
James Gregory “Gregg,” 59, St. Bridget, Scammon, April 2.
LINNEBUR
Bernard Frank, All Saints, Wichita, April 4.
MARPLE
Jeanette Mae, 80, St. Anne, Wichita, April 4.
COMBS
Christine S. (Lies), 65, St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen, April 5.
DAGENAIS
Donald John, 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 5.
POSCH
Paul H., 67, St. Anne, Wichita, April 5.
FOSTER
James B. “Jim,” 85, Mother of God, Oswego, April 6.
MARTIN
Velma Rachel, 95, St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen, April 7.
MULLER
Barbara L., 90, St. Anthony, Wichita, April 7.
BACHMAN
Virginia, 91, St. Michael, Mulvane, April 8.
WOLCOTT
Susan, 71, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, April 8.
HAGEMAN
Eleanor Bernadine, 98, St. Peter, Willowdale, April 9.
JACOBS
Phillip Allan, 62, St. James, Augusta, April 9.
UNREIN
Richard E., 46, St. Anthony, Wichita, April 9.
VOLMER
Thressa E., 71, St. Patrick, Parsons, April 9.
WINTER
Virginia Caroline (Ast), 94, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, April 10.
BENELLI
Peggy Ann, 76, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 11.
DROUHARD
Luke Anthony, 48, All Saints, Wichita, April 11.
KREHBIEL
Carter Lee, 4, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, April 12.
ORR
Frederick “Bud,” 91, St. John, El Dorado, April 12.
Van LEEUWEN
James “Jim,” 80, St. Francis, St. Paul, April 13.
McCOY
Juanita L., 75, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, April 14.
BORST
Kathleen A., 94, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, April 15.
DUBE
Armand, 85, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, April 15.
PRATHER
Antoinette L. “Toni,” 70, St. Paul, Lyons, April 15.
PROBST
Sarah Danelle, 42, St. Joseph, Andale, April 15.
SOMMARS
Twila Nadine, 87, St. Patrick, Chanute, April 15.
ZIPPRICH
Fred B., 90, St. James, Augusta, April 15.
CASSIDY
Clarence Eugene, 88, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, April 16.
SAINZ
Stanislaus Valentin, St. Patrick, Wichita, April 16.
SEIWERT
Clement C., 96, St. Mark, St. Mark, April 16.
WILLIAMS
Mildred Ruth, 88, Holy Savior, Wichita, April 16.
OSBORN
Helen Louise, Holy Name, Coffeyville, April 17.
THIMMESCH
Delphine W., 94, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, April 17.
BRADNEY
Edward Maxwell, 89, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 18.
BROHL
Margaret J., 99, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 18.
BULGER
Thomas Michael, 59, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 18.
COLEMAN
Forrest, 90, St. Joseph, Wichita, April 18.
ADELHARDT
Leora A., 87, St. Peter, Willowdale, April 21.
ARGUELLES
Pauline, 85, Sacred Heart, Euraka, April 22.
ILLIDGE
Elizabeth, 86, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, April 23.
BURKE
Chris A., 60, St. Joseph, Wichita, April 24.
GEHLEN
Vincent Adam, 89, St. John, Iola, April 24.
MILLER
Robert G., 82, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, April 24.
RODRIGUEZ
William John “Willie,” 79, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 24.
FLANIGAN
Marita (Mansyte), 80, St. Joseph, Wichita, April 25.
SCHOECH
Donald R., D.D.S., “Doc,” 81, Mother of God, Oswego, April 25.
WENBERG
Lauri (Southard), 55, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 25.

Sister Verena Gunzelman dies March 30

Sister Verena Gunzelman, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died Thursday, March 30, at the Wichita Center. She was 101 years old and had lived 83 years as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 3 in the Chapel of the New Covenant with Father Tom Welk, presiding.
She was born and baptized in Aleppo. Her parents Peter and Mary (Betzen) Gunzelman later moved the family to Garden Plain.
Verena’s love for music was encouraged by her father who bought her a piano and arranged for lessons when she was in fifth grade.
She entered the ASC community in 1931, at the age of 16, a member of the third group of postulants for the newly established Wichita Province. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 2, 1933, and final vows on Aug. 10, 1938.
Sister Verena earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, and her master’s degree from Notre Dame University in Indiana.
Her 40-year ministry in education was in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri. Her students ranged in age from primary children to senior citizens. Her additional duties included giving piano lessons, serving as principal, organist and choir director.
During the next 20 years, Sister Verena’s ministry consisted of pastoral services in several parishes. She gravitated to people who needed music in their lives: in hospitals, in hospice care, at home alone, in retirement homes, in prison and with the Harvest House Singers whose membership came from 18 parishes in the Diocese of Wichita. She occasionally found time to paint on canvas. For her, art was another means to show God’s goodness.
Sister Verena retired to the Wichita Center in 1998. At her 95th birthday, following the singing of “Happy Birthday,” she sang back, “I thank you, I do,” finishing with a bow. She recently celebrated her 101st birthday with family and her ASC sisters.
Sister Verena is survived by nieces, nephews, other family members, and her ASC community.
Donations in honor of Sister Verena may be sent to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109, or they can be made at adorers.org.

Father Van Leeuwen dies in India Feb. 28 at age 81

Father Joseph Van Leeuwen, 81, a Passionist priest serving in Kochi, India, died Feb. 28, in Kochi.
A memorial funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, April 1, at St. Francis Church in St. Paul, where he was buried.
Father Joseph was born Norman Eugene Van Leeuwen on January 28, 1936, in St. Paul to Anthony L. “Tony” and Eugenia Ann (Smith) Van Leeuwen. He attended a one-room school there before moving with his family to Walnut.
After graduating from St. Patrick High School in Walnut, he entered the Passionist Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 18. He made his first vows as a Passionist on July 9, 1957, and changed his name to Joseph. Father Van Leeuwen was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1964.
He served as provincial secretary, associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Chicago, Illinois; pastor at Holy Cross Immaculata Parish in Cincinnati, Ohio; Newman Center chaplain at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois; pastor of the African American Parish in Birmingham, Alabama; and had spent the past 20 years at the Passionist Mission in Southern India.
Survivors include two brothers, Rodman C. “Rod” Van Leeuwen and his wife, Twyla, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Bernard “Ben” Van Leeuwen of Bloomington, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, William Joseph Van Leeuwen; and one sister, Clara Frederick.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Obituaries, April 7, 2017

VILLAMARIA
Frank D., 86, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, February 10.
O’DONNELL
Elizabeth Catherine Morehead Tosh, 83, St. Joseph, Yates Center, Feb. 22.
HEIMERMAN
Donald L., 76, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Feb. 26.
Van LEEUWEN
Father Joseph, C.P., 81, St. Francis, St. Paul, Feb. 28.
MENDOZA
Richard Thomas, Sr., 57, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, March 7.
CROWELL
Beverly Clarice (Moore), 82, Mother of God, Oswego, March 8.
VARNER
Derek J., 26, St. Anthony, Wellington, March 8.
FRIEDERICH
Donald Otto, Sr., St. Patrick, Chanute, March 9.
JONES
Aubrey Ann, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 9.
McENULTY
Mary Carolyn (Corrigan), 89, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, March 9.
NEISES
Theresa, 89, St. Mark, St. Mark, March 9.
PERELLO
Mary Barbara, 102, St. Bridget, Scammon, March 9.
POLNICKY
Rosella, 85, St. Thomas, Wichita, March 9.
SWITZER
Kevin Craig, 67, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, March 9.
DWYER
Richard D. “Dick,” 81, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, March 10.
IBARRA
Greta Alice, 78, All Saints, Wichita, March 10.
EARNEST
Michael C., 92, Sacred Heart, Anthony, March 11.
HASKINS
Francis R., 87, St. Cecilia, Haysville, March 11.
KEITER
Cecelia Katherine, 90, St. Mary, Aleppo, March 11.
KLETCHKA
Mary Lou (Patry), 89, Holy Spirit, Goddard, March 11.
PEITZ
Robert E., 84, St. Rose, Mt. Vernon, March 11.
ORR
Betty A., 90, St. John, El Dorado, March 12.
SANDOVAL
Arturo, Jr., 78, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, March 12.
UHLER
William Harry “Bill,” 82, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 12.
HEAD
John Benjamin, Jr., 66, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, March 13.
KRUMSICK
Kevin A., 62, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, March 13.
McCORMICK
Katherine, 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, March 13.
CARR
Ingrid Ann Alexander, 58, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, March 14.
STOHR
Barbara L. (Seck), 68, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 14.
CHAVEZ
Evangeline (Tejeda) “Vangie,” 86, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, March 16.
HEFFERN
Flora Marie Tress “Flo,” 84, St. Joseph, Yates Center, March 16.
SIGG
Patricia Ann (Day), 63, St. John, Iola, March 16.
BETZEN
David L., 76, St. Joseph, Andale, March 17.
PAULIN
Anna Marie, 91, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, March 17.
SQUIRES
Gearl D. “Jerry,” 87, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 17.
MALSOM
Frank T., 82, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, March 18.
SIMON
Donald W., 54, St. Peter, Schulte, March 18.
BECKER
Ruth A. (Horsch), 75, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, March 19.
DEPPERSCHMIDT
LeRoy Parick, 73, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, March 19.
GRAGERT
Andrea Su (Flynn) Potts “Andi,” 72, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, March 19.
HOLEMAN
Mary Elizabeth “Beth,” 77, Holy Name, Coffeyville, March 19.
PALMIOTTO
Emily, 72, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 19.
SIMON
Vesta Marie, 66, St. John, Clonmel, March 19.
UTTER
Quincy W., 92, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 19.
MACKEY
Carol J., 83, Sacred Heart, Anthony, March 20.
RAIGOSA
Lucia Hermenia, 84, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, March 20.
SCHEFFER
Nancee Jo, 73, St. Joseph, Wichita, March 20.
SANCHEZ
Louis “Big Lou,” 92, St. Joseph, Andale, March 21.
DETTE
Eugene F., 78, Diamondhead, Mississippi, March 22.
HARREN
Mary Byrne (McDonough), 91, Adorers of the Blood of Christ Chapel, Wichita, March 22.
MAHER
Mary Jo, 83, St. Ambrose, Erie, March 24.
BINDERIM
Lorraine Catherine, 94, All Saints, Wichita, March 25.
McNETT
Thelbert Leroy “Cop,” 82, St. Martin, Piqua, March 25.
RIDDER
Barbara (Roths), 92, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 25.
PARKER
Gail, 97, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, March 26.
PITTMAN
Margaret Ann (Hochenauer), 85, Wichita, March 26.
VEACH
Jeanine Ann, 82, St. Mary, Derby, March 26.
BORST
Leo A., 92, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, March 27.
DURAN
Manuel, Jr., “Jay,” 81, St. Mary, Derby, March 27.
FUHRMAN
Luella Mae, 77, St. John, Iola, March 27.
HAGEMAN
Florence L., 78, St. Patrick, Kingman, March 27.
KRATKY
Marvin Joseph, 68, St. Mary, Newton, March 29.
SORIA
Manuel R., 95, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, March 29.

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