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.

Sister Marie Veronica dies July 11

Sister of St. Joseph Marie Veronica (Jerelyn) Janousek died Tuesday, July 11, in Wichita. She was 82.
Sister Marie Veronica donated her body to science. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, followed by a reception at All Saints’ Parish in Wichita. A memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday morning, July 14, at All Saints.
Sister Marie Veronica was born in Pratt to William D. and Marjorie Keith Janousek on Jan. 8, 1935. She was raised in Dodge City and educated in public schools there. She pursued a nursing degree at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, eventually completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1959.
Her nursing education was interrupted for a time when she entered and was received into the Congregation of St. Joseph at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita, on March 19, 1957, with final vows in 1962. Through the years her education was expanded to include Clinical Specialist in Operating Room Nursing at New York Hospital-Cornell, and Clinical Pastoral Education at Trinity Lutheran and St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1974 she became a certified chaplain in National Associations of both Catholic Chaplains and the National American Protestant Hospital Association.
Her ministries have included staff nursing, nursing administration and supervision, hospital administration, chaplaincy, and counseling in hospitals in Dodge City, Wichita, Pittsburg, Pratt, Halstead, and Ponca City, Oklahoma.
In retirement she continued to serve on hospital boards and in advisory positions.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, William. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Janousek; niece and nephews, Patty (Carl) Casterline, Jim (Lynn) Janousek, Dan Janousek.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Retirement Fund for the Sisters of St. Joseph, or charities sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dear Neighbor Ministries, and StepStone, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Sister Valeria dies July 5 at 95

Sister Valeria Cisneros, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died Wednesday, July 5 at the age of 95. She had spent nearly 78 years as a professed member of the order.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrate for her Monday, July 10, in the Chapel of the New Covenant at the Wichita Center. Her cremains will be interred in the Wichita Center cemetery.
Sister Valeria was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Clovis, New Mexico. One of seven children born to Arnold and Victoria (Trustensky) Cisneros, and named Clara. Her mother died when Clara was three and a half years old, and her father, a train engine repairer and musician, remarried. Her stepmother, Maria Ateaga, nicknamed “Cuca,” taught the family Spanish. She and Arnold had two children.
Sister Valeria attended elementary school in Waynoka, Oklahoma, a railroad hub, and later at St. John’s Academy in Wichita. She would earn her accreditation as a nurse aide from the Wichita Vocational Technical School.
Sister Valeria, who had three siblings who became sisters, entered the Adorers and made first vows on Aug. 10, 1939, and final vows on Aug. 10, 1944.
She wanted to be a catechist and teach religion to poor Mexican children, but the ASCs did not provide that ministry at the time. Instead, she kept house at convents, a hospital, and two archbishops’ homes for 40 years in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
She also was a caregiver to children and elders and worked at God’s Food Pantry in Wichita. She also provided service at the Wichita Center, where she lived.
Sister Valeria enjoyed reading, crafts, sewing, and knitting caps for needy children. She sewed the dress for an ASC sister doll for an exposition in Lourdes, France, in 2007.
She was preceded in death by her parents and all but one sibling, Arnie. She is survived by him as well as nieces, cousins and her ASC community.

Obituaries, July 21, 2017

HARTON
James Haig, 79, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 23.
GUERRERO
Delfino, 84, St. Patrick, Wichita, June 27.
HALFMANN
Patricia L, 76, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, June 28.
WESTHOFF
Bernard J., 93, St. Francis, Cherryvale, June 28.
BENEFIELD
Mary Acosta, 93, St. Jude, Wichita, June 29.
HAAG
Roger James, 76, St. Jude, Wichita, June 29.
MEEDS
Merle Eugene “Pete,” 74, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, June 30.
ADELHARDT
Patricia R. (Landwehr) “Pat,” 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, July 1.
BORT
Willis H., 88, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, July 1.
HIEGERT
Betty “The Shoe Lady,” 87, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 1.
HOUSE
Walter Dean, 86, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 1.
O’ROURKE
James Michael “Mike,” 55, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 1.
WIESNER
Bill J., 82, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 1.
FEIN
James W., 97, Sacred Heart, Halstead, July 4.
KOTCH
Denise M. (Robinson), 62, St. Anne, Wichita, July 4.
ROETS
George Charles, Sr., 86, Christ the King, Wichita, July 4.
ROPER
Rebecca Lynn (Wilken), 46, St. Mark, St. Mark, July 4.
SANDERS
William “Bill,” 82, St. Jude, Wichita, July 4.
JONES
Evelyn Faye (Yokum), 66, St. John, Iola, July 5.
SEELY
Frances Marie, 94, St. Anne, Wichita, July 6.
KILLIAN
Zemora Anne, 81, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 7.
SHANNON
Eric, 46, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 7.
BIGGS
Jason M., 45, Lumen Christi Chapel/Via Christi Village, Wichita, July 8.
FORSTER
Gary Wayne, 67, St. Joseph, Andale, July 8.
VEACH
Sharon Lee, 74, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 9.
GUERRERO
Ignacio, 81, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 10.
FLYNN
Therese Ann (Patten), 86, St. Patrick, Parsons, July 11.
WEILERT-WORKS
Anna Mae, 97, St. Joseph, Humboldt, July 12.

Sister Denise Sevart dies June 13

Sister Denise (Theresa Marie) Sevart, 89, died Tuesday, June 13, at the Congregation of St. Joseph’s Marian Hall West in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, June 20, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
She was born on May 15, 1928, in St. Paul, Kansas, the fourth of six children born to Albert Sevart and Louise Vohs Sevart. Her education began at St. Francis Elementary School and continued through high school at St. Paul, until she entered the Congregation of St. Joseph as a postulant on Sept. 8, 1946. On March 19, 1947, she received the habit, professing final vows July 26, 1952.
During her early years in the order, Sister Denise took Normal Training classes at Mt. St. Mary’s to prepare herself for a career of teaching. She continued her education at Sacred Heart Jr. College in Wichita, Ft. Hays State College, Kansas State College in Pittsburg, and finally completing her master’s degree in Library Science at Emporia State University.
Her teaching career began in the elementary schools of the Diocese of Wichita, eventually becoming a school librarian in Pittsburg, Wichita, and Derby. Library work was to become her passion, eventually leading her to St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City from 1968 to 1983 where she was a librarian as well as teaching library science.
During that time she was invited by the Bishop Eugene J. Gerber of Dodge City to organize the archives for the diocese. When Bishop Gerber was moved to Wichita, she became vice-chancellor/archivist for the Diocese of Wichita from 1983-1990. She completed her librarian/archivist career at Mt. St. Mary Convent where she tended both collections of the congregation.
Her retirement years were spent in Marian Hall at the local center of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., StepStone, or to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Former teacher Sr. Petrona Stockemer dies on June 25

Dominican Sr. Petrona taught for 60 years in dioceses of Wichita, Dodge City, and Lincoln
Sister Petrona Stockemer, 98, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary, Great Bend.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, June 28, at the convent. Burial was in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.
Born Sept. 22, 1918, in Cunningham as Dolores Katherine Stockemer, Sister Petrona was the daughter of Peter and Katherine (Fischer) Stockemer.
She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community Aug. 21, 1933, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 10, 1936. She celebrated 80 years of religious profession in 2016.
Sister Petrona gave her entire early ministerial life to elementary education in the dioceses of Wichita and Dodge City, and in Lincoln, Nebraska. After her librarian certification, she was the librarian at Trinity High School in Hutchinson, altogether nearly 60 years in education.
During that time she received awards for her excellence in teaching, one as outstanding Secondary Educator of America and one for recognition of her 35 years of service as a teacher in the Wichita Diocese. She retired to the motherhouse in 2006.
Sister Petrona is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace Community and her cousins. Her blood sister, Sister Malachy Stockemer, preceded her in death.
Memorials in honor of Sister Petrona may be sent to: Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus OH 43219-2098 or sent securely to OPPeace.org.