Sister Viola Heichelbech dies July 1 at age 103

Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Viola Heichelbech died Sunday, July 1, at age 103.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday morning, July 6, in Resurrection Chapel, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, 3700 E. Lincoln in Wichita.
Sister Viola (Agatha Ann) Heichelbech, was born on March 8, 1915, in Wichita, the youngest of four children born to Thomas and Mary Scheidt Heichelbech.
Her education began at St. Anthony Elementary School, and continued at Cathedral High School in Wichita and St. Mary of the Plains Academy in Dodge City. She entered the Congregation of St. Joseph and was received March 19, 1931, with final profession of vows Aug. 15, 1936.
Her early ministries began as a domestic, keeping house for Sister teachers and caring for children at the orphanage in El Dorado. For a few years she also kept house for two bishops, one in Wichita and one in Dodge City.
Her education continued at Fontbonne College in St. Louis where she obtained certification as a dietitian and a Food Service Administrator. Then began many years of service in congregation hospitals in Parsons, Halstead, Winfield, Wichita, Pratt, Ulysses, and Dodge City in Kansas, and Ponca City, Oklahoma.
For two years, because of her mother’s advanced age and deteriorating health Sr. Viola cared for her mother who died just two months shy of her 104th birthday. She then cared for her sister for five years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her niece Viola Mode of Derby, nephew Melvin Butterfield, and a number of grandnieces and 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, July 6, 2018

HUDGINS
Robert A., 90, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 19.
JOHNSON
Kristin M., 37, All Saints, Wichita, June 1.
IRSIK
Rita Marie, 79, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 3.
KASPER
Keith Randall, 62, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 5.
FEESS
Michael J. “Mike,” 54, St. Patrick, Parsons, June 6.
SCHOENHOFER
Verl A., 79, St. Ambrose, Erie, June 6.
MULLEN
Carol Ann, 84, St. Joseph, Arma, June 7.
THOMAS
Cara D. (Welch), 36, St. Cecilia, Haysville, June 7.
BANKSTON
Genevieve Florine “Jenny,” 75, St. Mary, Derby, June 9.
de BAKKER
Jan B., M.D., 93, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 9.
KOESTER
Velma (Nighswonger), 87, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, June 10.
STEPHEN
Luke DeBoise, 39, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, June 10.
PORTER
Harry W., Jr., 85, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, June 11.
THEIS
Margaret Mary (Martin) “Peg,” 54, St. Joseph, Andale, June 11.
WEDMAN
Thomas W., 89, Immaculate Conception, Danville, June 11.
GUNN
Joseph Rock, 39, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 12.
SCHUCKMAN
Virginia (Elpers), 87, St. Peter, Schulte, June 12.
BANKS
L. Scott, 62, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 13.
BUCKMAN
Francis O., Jr., 96, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, June 13.
MOORE
Peggy L., 75, St. James, Augusta, June 13.
JIMENEZ
Tonie, 93, St. Anne, Wichita, June 14.
KEISER
Fred J., 70, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 14.
McLEAN
Ivy A., 84, St. Jude, Wichita, June 15.
BOYLE
Carolyn (Maestas), 81, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 16.
GUTIERREZ
Estella (Diaz), 61, St. Jude, Wichita, June 16.
KRIEGER-SPECHT
Cheryl Ann, 60, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, June 16.
LANGEROT
Margaret J., 91, St. Bridget, Scammon, June 16.
CRANDON
Christine Diann, 50, St. Mary, Derby, June 17.
SEIDEL
Rita Ann, 88, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 17.
VALADEZ
Maria C., 81, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 17.
HUEBERT
Greg, 60, Christ the King, Wichita, June 18.
KING
Delores June, 78, St. Peter, Schulte, June 18.
SIGG
Ryan Christopher, 27, St. Joseph, Andale, June 18.
CUNNICK
Charles Clemens “Doc,” 92, St. Joseph, McPherson, June 19.
STUMP
Wilfred W. “Willie,” 87, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 20.
PECK
Samuel Jay, 24, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 21.
DOSCH
Anton M., Sr., “Tony,” 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, June 22.
HERMANN
Calvin C., 91, St. Jude, Wichita, June 22.
ROSALES
Maria Concepcion “Connie,” 97, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, June 21.
BOHM
Candace Lynn McMaster, 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 24.
DYER
Geraldine Vossen (Buser) “Jerry,” 91, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 24.
McGREEVY
Rosalia Lynn “Rosie,” 70, Holy Spirit, Goddard, June 26.

Obituaries, June 15, 2018

McGEE
Patrick, 68, St. Mary, Newton, March 13.
ARNOLD
Donna (Hundley) Schroeder, 86, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 17.
BAADE
David Edwin, 69, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, May 17.
FRANKS
Lucille (Schiffelbein), 78, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 21.
KESSLER
Margaret R., 97, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 23.
SWANN
Barbara Ann, 83, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 23.
WALLACE
Delbert “Deb,” 82, Holy Name, Winfield, May 23.
WILTSE
Donna I., 79, St. Ignatius, Neodesha, May 23.
DUNCAN
Dr. Lloyd Leon, 91, Holy Name, Winfield, May 25.
BARGAS
Billy Joe, 45, St. Jude, Wichita, May 26.
BURKS
Theresa Marie (Mies), 79, Sacred Heart, Colwich, May 26.
CUMMINGS
Robert, 90, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 26.
HEENAN
Donald Wayne “Don,” 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 26.
KENNEDY
Gerald Thomas, M.D., 82, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, May 26.
MAY
James E. “Jim,” 84, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, May 26.
FLYNN
Thomas Michael “Mike,” 85, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 27.
OLIVIER
Rodney, 86, Immaculate Conception, Danville, May 27.
CROSS
Matthew J., 59, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, May 28.
MADL
Richard L., 73, St. Francis, St. Paul, May 28.
WOLKE
Philip John, Sr., 69, St. Mary, Derby, May 28.
NGUYEN
Chat T., 96, Holy Savior, Wichita, May 29.
SANCHEZ
Kit Paul “Buster,” 67, St. Patrick, Chanute, May 29.
SPEXARTH
Cathryn D. (Blick), 101, Sacred Heart, Colwich, May 30.
COSTLEY
Mary Kathleen (Phillips), 71, Holy Name, Coffeyville, May 31.
GRANO
Frank J., 76, St. Joseph, Arma, May 31.
O’CONNOR
Marlene T., 76, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 31.
MENDOZA
Rebecca, 87, St. Joseph, Humboldt, June 1.
SCHAEFER
Nancy (Malone), 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 1.
HEIN
Justin Roman, 84, All Saints, Wichita, June 2.
SCHMIDT
Mary Ann Margaret (Roths), 91, Sacred Heart, Colwich, June 4.
KLEIN
Lawrence Walter “Larry,” 77, St. Mary, Aleppo, June 5.
RODRIGUEZ
Edith M., 92, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, June 5.
TURKOT
Robert “Bob,” 73, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 5.
SCHOENHOFER
Verl A., 79, St. Ambrose, Erie, June 6.

Obituaries, June 1, 2018

BAYER
Rose M., 100 St. Jude, Wichita, March 29.
SCHRADER
Margaret R. (Smith), 90, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 28.
KLEIN
Mary Louise (Stanley), 79, St. Mark, St. Mark, May 2.
BUNN
Anthony “Tony,” 2, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 6.
FORSTER
Gregory T., 62, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, May 6.
GREENLEAF
Kathryn (Weigand), Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 8.
NOONE
Donna M., 87, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, May 9.
ALMANZA
Virginia, 93, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, May 12.
SCHULTE
Frank G., Sr., 88, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 12.
GUMM
Clifford Vance, 70, Christ the King, Wichita, May 13.
HANSARD
Eunice “Marcella,” 70, Christ the King, Wichita, May 13.
RAMBO
William R., “Bill,” 72, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 13.
TEJANO
Victor B., 40, St. Mary, Newton, May 13.
ARMSTRONG
Thomas Joseph “T.J.,” 93, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 14.
ESCARENO
Moetta L., 86, Sacred Heart, Eureka, May 16.
GODDARD
Carol Ann, 73, Frontenac, May 16.
HOSFORD
Deril, 72, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 16.
RHUEMS
Helena Ella (Wettstein), 85, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, May 16.
PAINE
George Medley, Jr., 85, Sacred Heart, Caney, May 17.
BUSER
William T. “Bill,” 74, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 18.
KRUSE
Ann Elizabeth, 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 18.
SEIDL
Hugo Francis, 79, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, May 19.
DELAMORE
James Carl “J.C.,” 13, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, May 20.
VO
Minh, 51, St. Anthony, Wichita, May 21.
OSTMEYER
Jean (Geraldine), 78, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 22.
STEFFES
Senator Don, 88, St. Joseph, McPherson, May 24.

Sr. Charlene Huffington dies on May 6 at 93

Taught, ministered for a half-century in Japan
Sister Charlene (Marcella) Huffington, 93, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita, died Sunday, May 6, in Marian Hall in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, May 9, in Mt. St. Mary’s Convent Resurrection Chapel.
She was born on March 21, 1925, in Wichita, the fifth daughter of Teresa C. Smith and Charles R. Huffington. Her four older sisters, Thelma, Edna, Frances and Charlotte and younger brother Robert preceded her in death. She is survived by 17 nieces and nephews.
Sister Charlene grew up on the family farm, first near Maize, then later moving to Schulte where her early education was at St. Peter Catholic School, followed by high school at the Cathedral High School in Wichita. After graduating from high school, she entered Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in September 1944 and was perpetually professed in 1950.
Sister Charlene prepared for her teaching career at Sacred Heart Junior College in Wichita, Creighton University, and Notre Dame. She then taught in parish schools in the dioceses of Wichita and Dodge City.
In 1952, after volunteering as a missionary to Japan, she spent the first two years in Japan attending language school and the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Except for four years when she returned to the U.S. to teach or enjoy some home visits, she spent over 50 years in Japan teaching children in Waifu and the St. Joseph Hospital for Handicapped in Kyoto. For a time her work also included being the Regional Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Japan.
In 2008 she returned from Japan and made her home at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita. She busied herself with volunteer activities until her deteriorating health no longer permitted her to do so.
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, May 18, 2018

SURVIL
Georgene M. Castelli, 84, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, March 17.
BABCOCK
Mary C., 99, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 21.
REMBLESKE
Marjorie Helen, 96, formerly of Wichita, March 21.
MEITNER
Gregory Garrett “Greg,” 73, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 24.
DICK
Danielle (Gorges), 32, St. John, Clonmel, April 25.
HUHNKE
Roger Mathew, 81, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 25.
DOCKERS
Eleanor Elizabeth, 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, April 26.
SCHAEFER
Sylvester Frank “Ches,” 85, St. Jude, Wichita, April 26.
PENNER
Eileen, 88, Sacred Heart, Halstead, April 27.
WILSON
John R. “Jack,” 84, St. Joseph, Arma, April 27.
BUCHE
Carolyn Merle, 83, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 28.
GORGES
Delmer C., 83, St. John, Clonmel, April 28.
MARTINEZ
Maria S., 89, St. Patrick, Parsons, April 28.
POLCZINSKI
Alfred R., 89, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, April 29.
RUANE
Thomas M., 94, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 29.
SCHILD
Carolyn Kay, 74, St. James, Augusta, April 30.
GENGLER
Matthew Michael, 40, St. John, Iola, May 1.
RIEDEL
Robert E., 81, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, May 1.
CERNE
Kathleen Marie, 58, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, May 5.
HOELSCHER
Esther Marie, 84, St. Mary, Newton, May 5.
SIMON
Edwin H., 80, St. Leo, St. Leo, May 6.
GREENLEAF
Kathryn, 83, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 8.
METCALF
Randy Carl, 61, St. Anthony, Wichita, May 8.
WALKER
Mary “Cathy,” 76, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 8.

Obituaries, May 4, 2018

POLLMILLER
Terri Ann, 62, St. Patrick, Parsons, April 8.
ACOSTA
David Alan, 56, St. Anne, Wichita, April 9.
KEAZER
Jack L., 80, Mulvane, April 11.
KLEIN
Matthew, 76, St. Mary, Derby, April 12.
WINKLER
Darlene F., 82, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 12.
GARCIA
Ruben, 68, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 13
HELLWIG
JoEllen (Niegsch), 70, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 13.
SANBORN
Wanda Szymborski, 94, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 13.
FRISKEL
Elizabeth Ann “Betty,” 85, St. John, Iola, April 14.
JARMER
Mary Lou, 90, St. Leo, St. Leo, April 14.
SIGG
Carl J., 87, St. Joseph, Ost, April 15.
FOSTER
Charlotte A., 83, All Saints, Wichita, April 16.
MUNROE
Guy G., 77, All Saints, Wichita, April 16.
HOLINDE
Kenneth J., 88, St. Cecilia, Haysville, April 17.
SMARSH
Mary Lou (Schauf), 91, St. Joseph, Ost, April 17.
ALONZO
Roland, 65, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, April 19.
DREHER
Darren Eugene, 50, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 19.
MATZEK
Fred F., 95, Sacred Heart, Halstead, April 19.
OLSON
Susan Frances, 44, St. Patrick, Kingman, April 19.
SIGG
Joan Sylvia (Gresl), 85, St. Joseph, Andale, April 19.
CAMARGO
Rosa Palacioz “Rosie,” 90, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, April 20.
RODRIGUEZ
Ruben, 79, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, April 20.
HUSCHKA
Glenda LeAnn, 65, St. Joseph, McPherson, April 21.
CASANOVA
Carmelo Brentlee, 12, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, April 22.
SWEATT
Robert Ray, Jr., 73, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, April 22.
CABALLERO
Nocolasa (Hernandez) Gonzalez, 101, St. Patrick, Wichita, April 23.
RUIZ
Arnoldo, 54, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, April 24.
REGER
Christina, 91, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, April 25.

Sister Prudentia Nelson dies April 5 at 92

Sister Prudentia (Mary Arlene) Nelson, 92, died Thursday, April 5, in Marian Hall of Mt. St. Mary Convent, in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 11, at the convent, located at 3700 E. Lincoln in Wichita.
Mary Arlene Nelson was born on Aug. 19, 1925, in Denis, Kansas, to Roy A. and Marie (Fiechtal) Nelson. She was the second child in a family of four girls and two boys raised on a dairy farm in Labette County.
While her education began in a country school, the family later moved to a farm near Humboldt where she completed her elementary and high school education. During those years she was heavily involved in 4H and served for a time as a temporary 4-H county agent for Allen County.
After high school she attended Iola Junior College for a year then taught for three years in DeWitt and Humboldt before returning to K-State on a 4-H scholarship. In September 1948 she entered the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita, making her final profession in 1954.
Sister Prudentia taught in both public and Catholic schools in Kansas. Her longest tenure was from 1969 to 1993 at Colgan High School in Pittsburg where she taught a variety of Home Economics classes along with Religion, Health and Biology.
Even as a semi-retired teacher beginning in 1993, when she moved to Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita, she taught English as a Second Language, GED and religion classes, tutored, and was involved with immigration and refugee services.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Nelson and Margaret Hess, and one brother, James Nelson. Survivors include her sister Anna Ford, brother Robert Nelson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, StepStone, or to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Richard Eckberg, the father of Fr. Eckberg, passes away April 6

Richard L. Eckberg, 92, the father of Father Joseph Eckberg, pastor of St. Mary Parish Derby-Rose Hill, died April 6.

Services were held Thursday, April 12, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita.

Mr. Eckberg was born on July 9, 1925, in Bellingham, Washington. A veteran of World War II, he worked for an insurance company until 1952 when he joined the FBI. He served the bureau in Washington, D. C., Denver, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Kansas City, and Wichita.

His wife of nearly 69 years, Jannette M. (Novak), preceded him in death.

Other children include Timothy and Thomas, and Mary Kay Rott, all of Wichita; Christina Norell, of Finlayson, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.

He was buried in the Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum in Wichita.

Obituaries, April 20, 2018

ALKIRE
Charlotte Jean, 78, Sacred Heart, Halstead, March 26.
FUHR
Letizia, 95, All Saints, Wichita, March 27.
FUHRMAN
George Leroy, 81, St. John, Iola, March 27.
TOSCHI
Jack Leonard, 73, St. Joseph, Arma, March 27.
CAUDILLO
Gloria, 75, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, March 28.
KOTRBA
Stan, 87, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 28.
MILLER
Josephine (Irsik), 101, St. Joseph, Wichita, March 28.
JACOBS
Elsie, 93, St. Mary, Oxford, March 29.
SCHNEWEIS
Francis Theodore, 81, St. Patrick, Wichita, March 29.
SPADE
Darrell L., 74, St. Leo, St. Leo, March 29.
GREEN
Ralph D., 75, Immaculate Conception, Danville, March 30.
HARDISON
Patty, 82, St. Cecilia, Haysville, March 30.
JACOBS
Evelyn Kletchka (Orth), 94, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 30.
KLECK
Betty Jane (King), 81, St. Louis, Waterloo, March 30.
BEACHNER
Stacie René, 35, St. Francis, St. Paul, March 31.
MAYER
Rayburn P., 85, St. Peter, Schulte, April 1.
MAZUR
Alyce M., 63, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, April 1.
URBAN
Eugene “Gene,” St. Anne, Wichita, April 1.
HERMES
John Benjamin, 74, St. Joseph, Andale, April 2.
THIMMESCH
Clarence A. (Tim/Bud), Sacred Heart, Colwich, April 2.
BRYANT
John P., 75, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, April 3.
ISON
Rosalie Lucille, 91, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 3.
McCORD
Wilbur Henry “Jim,” 83, Holy Name, Coffeyville, April 3.
McGUIRE
Naomi Werne, 81, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 3.
RICHARDS
Maxine Marie (Sorell), 93, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 3.
WILBERT
Virginia H., 100, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 5.
BETZEN
Wallburga “Lollie,” 98, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 6.
ECKBERG
Richard Lawrence, 92, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 6.
KERN
Norma Jean, 91, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, April 6.
MILLER-LANDIS
Lorene W., 95, St. Mary, Derby, April 6.
SCHWAIGER
Bernice H. (Faber), 88, Sacred Heart, Colwich, April 6.
BAUGH
Bill D., 64, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, April 7.
BURGARDT
James Marion, 89, All Saints, Wichita, April 7.
GIRRENS
John J., Jr., 91, St. Mark, St. Mark, April 7.
HILL
Sharon Lee, 80, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 7.
DOWNING
Richard W. “Dick,” 84, Sacred Heart, Anthony, April 8.
O’BRIEN
John Dennis, 84, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, April 8.
SMITH
Roger Allen, 76, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 8.
McMURPHY
Virginia L., 80, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, April 9.