Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:40
Sister Matthias Betzen, 81, died April 22 at the ASC Wichita Center in Wichita. Sixty-five of her years were lived as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.
A wake for Sister Matthias took place at the Wichita Center. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 24 in the Chapel of Our Lady of the New Covenant with the Rev. Tom Welk, as presider and homilist. Burial in the community cemetery followed.
She was born May 17, 1928, the seventh child of Lena (May) and Mathias Betzen. That same day she was baptized Elizabeth Magdalena at St. Mark’s Church, Colwich.
Sister Matthias attended Colwich public school, taught at that time by ASC sisters. Impressed by the mutual respect and camaraderie of the sisters, she chose to enter the ASC convent in Wichita as a high school sophomore.
Sister Matthias earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Marymount College, Salina; a master’s in Latin at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.; a certificate in pastoral ministry at the Center for Pastoral Life and Ministry, Kansas City, Mo.; and a clinical pastoral education certificate from Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
Her more than 50 years of active ministry extended from Kansas to Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, Romania and Korea. She taught elementary and secondary students, conversational English learners and was a parish pastoral minister. She retired to the Wichita Center in 2003.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her brothers Albert, Peter, Gerry and Rev. Conrad Betzen, OSB; and sisters Marie Tallman and Benedictine Sister Assumpta Betzen. She is survived by sisters Margaret Martin and Rose Betzen, her ASC community, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in Sister Matthias’ honor may be sent to the ASC Retirement Fund, ASC Wichita Center, 1165 Southwest Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67213.