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.

Obituaries, July 7, 2017

NANCE
Nancy Susan (Burzinski), 62, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 24.
MORENO
Patsy Jo “Pat,” 75, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 25.
JARBOE
John “Jack,” 83, St. Joseph, Arma, June 5.
ROSNER
Thomas M., 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 7.
BRACK
Bernice Norma, 91, St. Patrick, Harper, June 8.
MEYER
Virginia M., 92, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 8.
GRISAMORE
Bonnie M., 91, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, June 9.
ADELHARDT
Rose Ann, 85, St. Patrick, Kingman, June 10.
TOON
Keith E., 80, St. Patrick, Wichita, June 10.
SANGER
Betty L., 89, Christ the King, Wichita, June 11.
TIMMERMEYER
Larry E., 79, St. Jude, Wichita, June 11.
GRADY
Reba J. (Davis), 95, All Saints, Wichita, June 12.
MARTINEZ
Jesus, 76, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, June 12.
RODRIGUEZ
Anita L., 51, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, June 14.
BIRD
Irving, Jr., 78, Holy Savior, Wichita, June 15.
MASON
Robert G., Jr., “Bob,” 55, St. Joseph, Andale, June 15.
SMITH
Matthew John, Sr., 82, Holy Spirit, Goddard, June 15.
DEWEY
DeAnn (Haag), 75, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, June 16.
REYES
Mary C., 87, St. Patrick, Parsons, June 16.
MASTERSON
Stephen Joseph, 48, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 17.
VOPAT
Edward Kyler, 36, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 17.
HASKINS
Theresa Cecilia, 85, St. Cecilia, Haysville, June 18.
MONCKTON
Lawrence “Larry,” 86, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, June 18.
HANNA
Duane, 82, St. Patrick, Kingman, June 19.
HASTY
Carol A. (Gersic), 72, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, June 19.
MILLER
Ernest W., 88, St. Martin, Piqua, June 19.
WESTHOFF
Joyce, 81, St. Francis, St. Paul, June 19.
STRUNK
John P., 82, St. Mark, St. Mark, June 20.
TIEMEYER
Janet, 77, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 20.
HAMMANN
David Michael “Shorty” “Uncle Moe,” 65, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 21.
CABRALES
Manuel M., Jr., 88, St. John, El Dorado, June 23.
STUHLSATZ
Marilyn (Siedhoff), 85, St. Mary, Derby, June 23.
MAUS
Nancy Ann (Kraus), 79, Sacred Heart, Colwich, June 24.
NICK
Lamar R., 78, St. Michael, Girard, June 24.
STANDIFER
Michael Kent, 64, St. Mary, Derby, June 25.
BLASI
Ronald L., 79, Christ the King, Wichita, June 26.
HUNTER
Gary, 73, St.Anthony, Wichita, June 26.
STURGEON
Carolyn Sue, 76, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, June 26.
PALACIOS
Luis David, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 27.
Van LEEUWEN
Charles J., 80, St. Francis, St. Paul, June 27.
McLUCKIE
Eva (Giacometti), 96, Sacred Heart, Frontenac.

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.