Obituaries, October 6, 2017

OLSON
Jeannette K., 89, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Sept. 6.
BLASI
Harold Thomas “Cupcake,” 84, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 7.
JACKSON
Daniel John, 74, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Sept. 7.
MARTIN
Carolyn S., 81, St. Bridget, Scammon, Sept. 8.
PAHLS
Raymond Nicholas “Ray,” 86, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Sept. 8.
BERGMAN
Carol Jeanette, 67, Immaculate Conception, Danville, Sept. 9.
DAVY
Rose V., 83, St. Mary, Derby, Sept. 9.
PANEY
John Paul, 93, St. Joseph, Ost, Sept. 9.
LOPEZ
Carmen, 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, Sept. 10.
McDANIEL
Carol Jane, 62, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Sept. 10.
WERDANN
Vincent Joseph, 72, All Saints, Wichita, Sept. 10.
BOGINA
Fred F., 87, St. Joseph, Arma, Sept. 11.
HEMMEN
Robert E., 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 11.
KESTER
George L., 76, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Sept. 11.
KLAUSMEYER
Lewis B., 85, St. Mary, Aleppo, Sept. 11.
MONTANO
Armando “Herman,” 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Sept. 12.
ROBISON
Stanley R., 66, St. Joseph, Wichita, Sept. 12.
CROWELL
Charles R., 83, Mother of God, Oswego, Sept. 14.
Van LEEUWEN
Marjorie, 83, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 14.
DeWITT
Margaret Rose, 76, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Sept. 15.
MAUS
Harold H. “Harry,” 82, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Sept. 16.
PONCELET
Joseph John, 83, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Sept. 16.
WOODRUFF
John L., 73, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Sept. 17.
RENTERIA
Paula Marie, 93, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Sept. 17.
BOYER
Sondra K. (Holder), 75, Christ the King, Wichita, Sept. 18.
BRANSCOM
Janet Gail, 64, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Sept. 19.
EASTLAND
Carolyn Jean, 70, St. Joseph, Wichita, Sept. 20.
ENSLINGER
Esther Marie, 93, St. Mary, Derby, Sept. 20.
LIZARRALDE
Enrique A., 86, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 20.
O’KEEFE
Erna M., 87, St. Mary, Newton, Sept. 20.
STEFANONI
Emma Angela, 101, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Sept. 20.
DAMAN
Ron, 56, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Sept. 21.
SCHMIDT
Jerald, 84, St. Martin, Caldwell, Sept. 21.
WARMINSKI
Norman, 75, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 21.
ZIEGLER
Michael J., 66, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Sept. 21.
ROSEBERGER
Chad L. (Berger), 49, St. Mary, Newton, Sept. 22.
BURNS
Donald Mack “Don,” 89, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Sept. 23.
CATANO
Lisa Marie, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 23.
STERNEKER
Edna “Sunni,” 63, St. John, Clonmel, Sept. 23.
REYEZ
Arky, 93, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Sept. 24.
NETHERCOT
Sybil A., 98, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Sept. 25.
LEES
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

ORDWAY
Nathaniel Franklin, 21, Christ the King, Wichita, Aug. 5.
PINKSTON
Larry Lee, 78, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Aug. 18.
DEVLIN
Ralph Robert, Sr., 75, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Aug. 23.
HOHEISEL
Janet Irene (Snell), 84, St. Anne, Wichita, Aug. 23.
REISMAN
Mary Jean, 68, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Aug. 23.
BENDER
Victor W., 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 24.
HERRELL
Joyce Elaine, 79, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 24.
SEIWERT
Barbara Jean, 60, St. Francis, St. Paul, Aug. 24.
ReDePAIVA ABBUHL
Elizabeth, 72, St. Peter, Schulte, Aug. 25.
SCHMIDT
Loretta Elizabeth, 96, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Aug. 25.
McANULTY
Brett Lee, 58, St. Mary, Newton, Aug. 26.
SCOTT
Anna Lee, 86, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Aug. 26.
SPATAFORA
Samuel P., 57, Pittsburg, Aug. 26.
PARSON
Shirley Jean, 88, St. James, Augusta, Aug. 31.
MURILLO
Joe Raul, 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 27.
SEBA
Gilbert Leroy, 73, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Aug. 27.
GRILLOT
Stan, 51, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 28.
BIEHLER
Mary Ann, 80, St. Joseph, McPherson, Aug. 29.
AUGUSTIN
Kristie Sue (Herman), 46, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Aug. 30.
BREWSTER
Terry Dean, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Aug. 30.
GRABENDIKE
Janet, 70, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Aug. 30.
MURILLO
Connie, 82, All Saints, Wichita, Aug. 30.
PUCKETT
Audrey, 92, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Aug. 30.
BUCKEL
Alan Robert “Bobby,” 61, St. Anne, Wichita, Aug. 31.
O’NIELL
Joseph, 72, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Aug. 31.
THIESSEN
Sue Ann (Dalton), 90, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Sept. 1.
LEGER
Connie Elpers, 68, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 2.
PRICE
Jacqueline J., 52, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Sept. 2.
WESTHOFF
Joyce Elaine, 76, St. Michael, Girard, Sept. 2.
PIERPOINT
Robert “Bob,” 82, St. Patrick, Wichita, Sept. 3.
SPONSEL
Lee Paul, 90, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Sept. 3.
UNDERWOOD
Timothy J., 52, St. Joseph, Andale, Sept. 4.
WISE
Jean M., 76, Parsons, Sept. 4.
GAMER
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.

Obituaries, September 1, 2017

LEIKAM
Wayne E., Sr., 83, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, July 19.
FRAZIER
Lt. Col. Donald L., “Buns,” 87, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Aug. 9.
SMARSH
Duane Anthony, 83, St. Mark, St. Mark, Aug. 9.
WHITE
Darlene L., 82, St. Patrick, Parsons, Aug. 9.
AGUIRRE
Manuela “Nellie,” 90, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Aug. 10.
BLALOCK
Bill, 87, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 10.
CARVALHO
Alice Lourdes Teixeira, 86, Christ the King, Wichita, Aug. 10.
JUAREZ
Daniel Ivan, Jr., 6-year-old son of Kelci Ware and Daniel Juarez, Sr., St. Jude, Wichita, Aug. 10.
SMITH
Kyndell Elizabeth, 13, Holy Name, Winfield, Aug. 10.
BREED
Richard E., 79, St. Anthony, Wichita, Aug. 11.
GRANT
Danny Joe, 82, St. Bridget, Scammon, Aug. 11.
TOON
Ruth, 75, St. Patrick, Wichita, Aug. 12.
YSUSI
Fred Gutierrez, 84, St. Patrick, Chanute, Aug. 12.
ZOGLEMAN
Clara O., 93, St. John, El Dorado, Aug. 12.
DOLD
Irene E. (Hahn), 83, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Aug. 14.
ENGLERT
Georgia Ann, 87, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Aug. 14.
BENEDICT
Frances Lorene, 98, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Aug. 15.
BROOKS
Jack O., 91, Sacred Heart, Halstead, Aug. 15.
KERNOHAN
Cheryl Kandice (Howard), 65, Sacred Heart, Anthony, Aug. 15.
WILLIAMS
Stanley Warren, 64, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 16.
HAMERSKY
Leo Francis, 84, St. Joseph, Wichita, Aug. 17.
HINOJOSA
Manuel Mateo, 84, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 17.
VILLARREAL
Vincenta M. “Vicky,” St. Patrick, Kingman, Aug. 17.
ORENDER
Donald Paul, 86, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Aug. 18.
ARABIA
Josephine “Peppy,” 92, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Aug. 19.
BURNETT
Terry L, 69, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 19.
HAMPEL
Martin Louis, 84, St. Patrick, Kingman, Aug. 20.
PALACIOZ
Emily Mary, 87, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Aug. 20.
HEISE
Harold D., 95, St. John, El Dorado, Aug. 21.
RAIGOSA
Jonnie D., 61, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 21.
STEWART
Wayne, 80, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Aug. 21.
REISMAN
Mary Jean, 68, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Aug. 23.
HERRELL
Joyce Elaine, 79, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Aug. 24.
SEIWERT
Barbara Jean, 60, St. Francis, St. Paul, Aug. 24.

Obituaries, August 18, 2017

SACHETTA
Edith Marie, 93, Mother of God, Oswego.
WILSON
Florence A. (Pflieger), 94, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 24.
CANTU
Guadalupe Humberto, 84, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, July 25.
GALVAN
Felisa, 93, Wichita, July 26.
SCHWARTZ
Eldora M., 94, Sacred Heart, Halstead, July 27.
STORM
LeAnna, 75, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, July 27.
WINERIP
Les, 76, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 27.
BENOIT
Leo Paul, 84, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, July 29.
EWERTZ
Charles L., “Charlie,” 63, Sacred Heart, Colwich, July 29.
BARBEAU
Paul S., 89, St. Joseph, Andale, July 31.
BELEW
Kris C., 56, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, July 31.
PINEGAR
Virgil E., 64, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, July 31.
IMEL
Jane Louise (Thomas), 90, St. Patrick, Kingman, Aug. 1.
KRAUS
Mary Jane (Dunegan), 87, All Saints, Wichita, Aug. 1.
ESPOSITO
Mildred C. “Millie,” 92, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Aug. 2.
MEYER
Richard A., 71, St. Peter, Schulte, Aug. 3.
GOETZ
Margaret Joyce “Peggy,” 87, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Aug. 4.
KOCUR
Lance P., 46, St. Joseph, Arma, Aug. 4.
LaFORGE
Robert E., 90, St. John, El Dorado, Aug. 4.
BRYANT
Clarita (Smith), 73, St. Francis, St. Paul, Aug. 6.
TRUMAN
Elizabeth M., 86, St. Jude, Wichita, Aug. 6.
BAUER
Eva Jean (Cooke), 84, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Aug. 7.
EDIGER
Theresa Marie, 85, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Aug. 8.
ZAMORANO
Robert, 74, Christ the King, Wichita, Aug. 8.
McCOY
Paul, 71, St. John, El Dorado, Aug. 9.
SCHALLER
Odessa C., 92, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Aug. 9.

Obituaries, August 4, 2017

HURD
Dorothy, 88, All Saints, Wichita, July 1.
WERNER
Mary Katherine, 99, St. John, Iola, July 7.
SOMMERHAUSER
Mary Esther (Nett), St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, July 11.
BROST
Jerome B., 69, St. Mary, Aleppo, July 12.
CONNOLLY
Daniel Joseph, 67, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, July 14.
HURT
Gregory Dwayne, 54, St. John, Clonmel, July 14.
MERCADO
Ernesto, 81, Parsons, July 15.
TIEMEYER
Theresa Rose, 88, St. Rose, Mt. Vernon, July 15.
HITCH
Cheryl D., 58, St. Cecilia, Haysville, July 16.
HONTON
Cynthia Joan (Richards), 69, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, July 16.
CAMPBELL
Robert Scott "Bob," 55, St. Peter, Schulte, July 17.
VU
Dinh Bang, St. Anthony, Wichita, July 17.
BAALMANN
Thomas H., 73, St. Peter, Schulte, July 18.
BEVANS
Lois A., 74, St. Patrick, Parsons, July 19.
COTTON
Steve, 68, St. John, Clonmel, July 19.
LAGALY
Cleo Edward, 86, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, July 20.
ORNELAS
Margaret, 96, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 20.
BLUML
Harold B., 80, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 21.
CLEVENGER
John Charles, 49, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, July 22.
CONGDON
Helen, 98, St. Jude, Wichita, July 22.
LAUGHLIN
Robert Cahill, Sr., 85, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, July 22.
STEINDLER
Joan D., 87, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, July 22.
GIRRENS
Bernetta E. (Lies), 85, St. Peter, Schulte, July 23.
STWALLEY
Daniel Eugene, 50, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, July 25.
BIGLER
Roger Louis, 72, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, July 26.

Sr. Antoinette Yelek dies July 16 in Wichita

Sister Antoinette (Naomi Antonie) Yelek, who was with the Sisters of St. Joseph for nearly 70 years, died July 16 in Wichita. She was 93.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated for her on Wednesday, July 19, at the Wichita Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita.
Sister was born on Sept. 25, 1923, in Selden, Kansas, to Anthony L. and Violet Naomi Corder Yelek. She received her elementary and high school education in the Selden public schools. After high school she joined the Cadet Nursing Program, finishing her basic nursing at Halstead Hospital followed by a bachelor’s degree in nursing at St. Louis University and a master’s in nursing at Marquette University. She studied hospital executive management at St. Louis University and after passing oral and written examinations, she qualified for membership in the American College of Hospital Administrators.
Sister Antoinette was received into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph March 19, 1949. Her first profession was on July 26, 1951. Her final profession was on July 26, 1954. During the early years of her professional life she was a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, and director of nurses.
In 1963 she was transferred to St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California, as its administrator. She was elected general superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1972 and re-elected in 1976. At the 1980 election she served as a member on the general council and was executive vice president and later as president of the CSJ Health System.
Again, in 1984 she was elected general superior of the Congregation. Her years in leadership were marked by growth in ministries, especially that of the needs of the medically indigent. Under her guidance, the hospitals and senior-care facilities of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita was organized into a formal, incorporated health-care system, the CSJ Health System of Wichita.
She was a visionary, recognized nationally for the many organizations she served and for her many achievements. The conclusion of her professional life was spent as executive of the St. Rose Hospital Foundation in Hayward, California. Upon retirement in 2004 Sister Antoinette returned to the Wichita Center where she busied herself helping in the offices of the Via Christi Foundation, Dear Neighbor – anywhere she might lend a cheerful helping hand.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four of her siblings. In addition to the members of the Congregation, she is survived by her sister Ruth Ann Deines, sister-in-law Charlotte Yelek, numerous nieces, nephews, as well as friends and colleagues from her years in ministry. Memorials may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, StepStone, or the Congregation of St. Joseph Retirement Fund.