Obituaries, February 3, 2017

HEILAND
Paul Joseph “PJ,” 38, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Dec. 19.
CARROLL
Antoinette (Doherty), 92, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 9.
ORNELAS
Bernardino Rene, 24, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 9.
KERSCHEN
Marlene L., 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 11.
McKENZIE
Margaret “Peggy,” 88, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 12.
YAVERSKI
Charles Peter “Honeybun,” 86, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Jan. 12.
DOBSON
Marilynn, 54, St. John, El Dorado, Jan. 13.
MARTINEZ-RIVAS
Pantaleon, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Jan. 13.
MORRIS
Virginia M., 87, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Jan. 13.
OSTERMAN
Margaret A., 78, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Jan. 13.
HIGGINS
Eulalia “Lala,” 98, St. Paul, Lyons, Jan. 14.
MENDOZA
Benito L, 94, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Jan. 14.
CVETKOVICH
Dr. Frank, 102, St. Anne, Wichita, Jan. 15.
JEWELL
Dorothy A. Henning, 88, St. Louis, Waterloo, Jan. 15.
LARKIN
Edward Grant, Jr., 86, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Jan. 15.
SCHMEIDLER
James Henry, Jr., 64, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Jan. 15.
TERRONES
Gertrude L., 84, St. John, El Dorado, Jan. 15.
CALOVICH
Frank, 83, St. Mark’s, Boise, Idaho, Jan. 16. Former teacher at Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel high schools in Wichita.
CURIEL
Matilda G., 83, St. Mary, Newton, Jan. 16.
RUVALCABA
Roger J., 96, All Saints, Wichita, Jan 16.
GUDDE
Isabella Grace, 10, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 18.
KLENDA
Stephen A., 59, St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen, Jan. 18.
GROSS
Linda Marie, 69, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 19.
PAULS
Gerald Mattheison, Sr., 79, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 19.
CALL
Laura K. (Berndsen), 89, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 20.
RAMIREZ
Jane (Jasso), 63, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 20.
NEWBERRY
Nancy Ellen, 89, Holy Savior, Wichita, Jan. 21.
REESE
Stella M., 65, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Jan. 21.
TABOR
James LeRoy, 74, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Jan. 22.
CORWIN
Mary Ann, 85, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 23.
ASHIDA-FIELDS
Terri Sue, 53, Holy Name, Winfield, Jan. 25.
HUNTER
Bradley, 36, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jan. 25.
MORRIS
Sam L., 85, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 25.

Sr. Louise Hune dies Jan. 16 at age 90

Sister Louise Hune, formerly Sister Rosamond, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, died Jan. 11, at age 90 in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, Jan. 16, at the Wichita Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
The eldest of four children, she was born in Salina to Adolph R. and Dorothy Nedeau Hune on June 25, 1926. Her education through the ninth grade was in Salina. When the family moved to Wichita she attended and graduated from Cathedral High School.
On March 19, 1945, she was received into the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita and was given the name of Sister Mary Rosamond, a name she used until returning to her birth name in the late 1960s. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, a master’s degree from University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in government from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
Sister Louise was a lifelong educator with 23 years of teaching assignments in Wichita diocesan elementary and high schools. This was followed by 20 years at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. After caring for her mother for a number of years, Sister Louise moved to Mt. St. Mary’s Convent where she became the archivist from 1992 to 1997. Her final years of retirement were spent in Marian Hall assisting at the reception desk.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Harold, and a sister Phyllis Dugan. In addition to members of her congregation, she is survived by her sister JoAnn Davis Jung; nieces Debbie Chamberlain, Coleen Dugan, and Julie Scott; and nephew Richard Hune.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, January 20, 2017

SCHOENECKER
Michael Dean, 26, St. James, Augusta, Dec. 24.
HORTON
Frederick, 62, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 27.
BLAKE
Jack Clayton, 73, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 28.
NUÑEZ ARREOLA
Jesus “Pepe,” 62, St. Patrick, Wichita, Dec. 28.
BROWN
Robert Milton, 90, St. Patrick, Wichita, Dec. 29.
GORDON
Jeanne Anne, 60, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 29.
BESTGEN
Keith Eugene, 68, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 31.
DAMILINI
Christine, St. Mary Cathedral, Dec. 31.
MENG
Butch, 75, St. Patrick, Kingman, Jan. 1.
SUDDETH
Roger, 76, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Jan. 1.
VALDOVINOS
Ramon, 52, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Jan. 1.
GARNER
Aaron James, 22, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Jan. 2.
GIEFER
Lois M., 91, St. Francis, St. Paul, Jan. 3.
HILLS
Kathleen, 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 3.
NEGRETE
Petra Cansino, 102, Holy Name, Winfield, Jan. 3.
SHAVER
George W., 85, Holy Savior, Wichita, Jan. 3.
HALE
Amy Marie, 51, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Jan. 4.
SEILER
Mark E., 50, St. Mark, St. Mark, Jan. 4.
MARTINEZ
Nestor, Jr., 27, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 5.
MORRIS
Joseph A. “Joe,” 47, St. Jude, Wichita, Jan. 5.
RUTH
Mary (Marti) Tola Slater, 79, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 5.
ELMENHORST
Edna Marie, 83, St. John, Iola, Jan. 6.
MOORE
Patricia, 89, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Jan. 6.
WEBER
Gayle Ann, 74, St. Peter, Schulte, Jan. 6.
MARTIN
William Wallace “Wally,” 74, St. Joseph, McPherson, Jan. 7.
COOKSON
Margaret Joyce, 91, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 8.
HOMMERTZHEIM
Margaret M. (Simon), 94, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Jan. 8.
MAUK
Terry Lee, 68, St. James, Augusta, Jan. 8.
SNOW
John F., 91, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Jan. 8.
CARROLL
Antoinette (Doherty), 92, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 9.
FAHRBACK
James R., 63, St. Mary, Derby, Jan. 9.
GILLEN
Robert I., 80, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Jan. 9.
WEST
Gloria Jean, 70, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Jan. 9.
KOEHLER
Joyce Mae, 78, St. Joseph, McPherson, Jan. 11.
McGUIRE
Sheila Rae, 76, St. John, Zenda, Jan. 11.

Sister Mary Ursula Harelson dies Dec. 13

Sister Ursula Harelson, a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years, died at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita Dec. 13, at the age of 88.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Wichita Dec. 17. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sister Ursula was born in Baton Rouge, one of six children of the late Andrew Leo and Mary Zilma Edmonston Harelson.
Baptized Anna Marjorie, Sister Ursula graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1945. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans that year and professed perpetual vows in 1950. She attended Loyola University New Orleans and received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1960 with minors in math and chemistry.
She attended Union College in New York in 1968-70 and earned a master’s degree in mathematics with a minor in chemistry from Union in 1973. She attended numerous science workshops and conventions to further her professional growth in theology and science. While she was teaching at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, Sister Ursula was named Outstanding Chemistry Teacher of the Region in 1990. She was named a Distinguished Alumna of her alma mater in 1994 and 2001.
Sister Ursula began teaching primary grades at Our Lady of the Rosary School in New Orleans in 1947. She continued teaching at the elementary level at St. Joseph Parochial in Baton Rouge and at St. Rose in New Orleans.
From 1960 to 1965 she taught at St. Joseph Academy in Bay St. Louis, Ms., followed by three years at SJA in Baton Rouge and four years at SJA New Orleans. From 1972 to 1976 she taught and was the coordinator at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, Louisiana. Her last teaching assignment was at SJA Baton Rouge from 1976 to 2007. She then retired and worked as a volunteer with the SJA Archives Department and moved to Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita in 2013.
Sister Ursula is survived by her sister, Rita Harelson Garon, and her brother, Andrew Leo “Boo” Harelson. She was preceded in death by her sister, Hazel Harelson Kleinpeter, and brothers William John and Eddie Harelson. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Mrs. William J. (Erin) Harelson and Mrs. A. Leo (Katherine) Harelson, and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Donation may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, January 6, 2017

HILL
Joshua Alen “Josh,” 31, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Nov. 7.
ULMER
Todd A., 47, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Nov. 26.
GATES
Braden Joseph, 19, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Nov. 29.
NEVIUS
Jane F. Stramel, 81, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 29.
RODRIGUEZ
John, 78, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Nov. 29.
HEIMERMAN
Maxine M. (Patry), 91, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Nov. 30.
RODRIGUEZ
Shayla Nichelle, 18, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Nov. 30.
EWALD
Juliana L., 97, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 2.
DeVARENNES
Jay Charles, 54, St. Michael, Mulvane, Dec. 3.
BONHAM
Vickie, 62, Sacred Heart, Anthony, Dec. 4.
VECCHIARELLI
Mary Jo, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 5.
MEYER
Clara Evelyn, 84, St. Mary, Aleppo, Dec. 8.
BROCK
Vivian (Jochems) “Boo,” 72, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 10.
CASTILLO
Antonio, 81, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Dec. 10.
DEMEL
Glenn D., 57, St. James, Augusta, Dec. 10.
REID
Tom “Peach,” 64, St. Patrick, Marion, Dec. 10.
SANDER
Leo F., 90, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 10.
SCHNIEDER
Mary Jane, 92, St. James, Augusta, Dec. 10.
VERNON
Robert L., Sr., “Bob,” 87, St. Patrick, Parsons, Dec. 10.
BUSSE
Edward “Bud,” El Dorado, Dec. 11.
HARTWIG
Glenn, 52, St. Patrick, Chanute, Dec. 11.
PHELPS
Vivian Anne Lane, 98, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 12.
AYLWARD
Dennis Allan, 42, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Dec. 13.
GRILLIOT
Margaret Francis (White), 77, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Dec. 13.
SMITHHISLER
Martin Eugene, 84, St. Michael, Mulvane, Dec. 13.
TAIT
Evelyn, 78, St. Patrick, Chanute, Dec. 13.
VONDRACEK
Robert J. “Bob,” St. Patrick, Harper, Dec. 13.
MASTERSON
Virginia L. (Seiwert), 85, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Dec. 14.
WOLFSBAUER
Bonni Jonel (Kouba), 54, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 14.
HILL
Gerald L. “Jerry,” 78, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 15.
SEILER
Helen Salome (Majerus), 89, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Dec. 15.
WEBB
Peggy Lee (Pierson), 52, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 15.
JUDGE
William Frederick “Bill,” 74, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 16.
McPHERSON
Ema (Schumann), 87, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Dec. 16.
RIDPATH
Hazel G., 97, Christ the King, Wichita, Dec. 16.
SIMON
William A. “Bill,” 61, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 17.
DONOHUE
James Raymond, 72, St. Jude, Wichita, Dec. 19.
HAY
Reinhard William, Jr., “Riney,” 93, St. Joseph, Wichita, Dec. 19.
HONTON
Thomas Bernard, 73, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 19.
ENTRIKEN
David W., 76, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 21.
WATTS
Elizabeth Ann Ramsey, 89, St. Anthony, Strong City, Dec. 22.
MERTENS
Alice Rose, 88, St. Joseph, Wichtita, Dec. 23.
ROWLEN
Lance Christopher, 67, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Dec. 24.
ROTHS
Bernard J., 58, St. Jude, Wichita, Dec. 24.
HENNING
Marcelline Elizabeth, 92, St. Peter, Willowdale, Dec. 25.
POTTER
Joyce Marlene, 80, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 25.
BRAMHALL
Fon Junior, 87, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Dec. 27.
COOMES
Darold, 82, St. Francis, St. Paul, Dec. 29.

Obituaries, December 16, 2016

DATER
Duane C. “Dewey,” 65, St. Joseph, Wichita, Oct. 23.
LAUER
Mary Louise, 91, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 8.
PATTERSON
Betty J., 75, St. Patrick, Kingman, Nov. 8.
STEPANEK
Betty I., 92, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Nov. 9.
HAGAN
Robert S. “Bob,” 92, St. Peter, Schulte. Nov. 10.
ALLIN
George James, Sr., 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 11.
CURTIS
Marilyn A., 85, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 11.
SUAREZ
G. Vicente, 89, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 11.
MERTENS
Andrew J., 31, St. Patrick, Kingman, Nov. 12.
SIMON
Catherine Clara, 92, St. Joseph, Wichita, Nov. 12.
FORSTER
Marcella M., 83, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 13.
SCHOENHOFER
Lawrence J. “Larry,” 91, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Nov. 14.
BOGNER
Barbara Ann, 61, St. Joseph, Ost, Nov. 15.
ESPINOZA
Felipe Rey, 65, St. Margaret Mary, Nov. 16.
KELLY
David J., 37, St. Jude, Wichita, Nov. 16.
ZENNER
Shirley May, 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Nov. 17.
DEEDS
Teresa Marie, 89, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 18.
HITSCHMANN
Gertrude “Gertie,” 96, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 18.
KING
Sherry (Balbierz), 63, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 18.
KOLL
Betty M., 93, St. Peter, Schulte, Nov. 18.
OLSON
Kevin, 52, St. Michael, Mulvane, Nov. 18.
FISHER
Jarrod J., 46, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 19.
SCHIPPERS
Lawrence Anthony, 85, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 19.
SIEMENS
Delores G. (Mayer), 70, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 19.
BRADFIELD
Georgia Mae, 95, Christ the King, Wichita, Nov. 20.
ROSS
Robert, 57, Holy Savior, Wichita, Nov. 20.
SEIDL
Anna Marie, 86, Christ the King, Wichita, Nov. 20.
DILLNER
Lou Ann, 84, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Nov. 21.
FRAZIER
Louie Bert, 83, St. Joseph, McPherson, Nov. 21.
NAVARRO
Ignacio “Knox,” 89, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 21.
CATRON
Leon A., 81, St. John, Iola, Nov. 22.
VETTER
Gerald Francis, 81, St. Mary, Newton, Nov. 23.
BUSER
Robert Henrion, 66, St. Andrew, Independence, Nov. 24.
HARP
Teresa A., 79, St. Joseph, Wichita, Nov. 24.
KISNER
Gloria E., 63, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 24.
BIGNELL
John Patrick, 81, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Nov. 25.
THOMAS
Melissa Marie, 41, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 25.
GILLESPIE
June Etta (Ramage), 96, St. Mary, Moline, Nov. 26.
GOICO
Susan Marie, 68, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 26.
RANGEL
Susan (Llamas), 71, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Nov. 26.
STEVEN
Richard, 85, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 26.
AKERS
Angeline J., 98, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 27.
VESTERING
Carol Sue (Sigman), 75, St. Rose, Mt. Vernon, Nov. 27.
OLIVIER
Estella (Gerber), 94, Immaculate Conception, Danville.
BROCKEL
Donald, 71, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 28.
JENNINGS
Myles Dean, 29, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Nov. 28.
LEONARD
Becky Sue (Anderson), 69, St. Jude, Wichita, Nov. 29.
ROUSH
Raymond Paul, 69, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Nov. 29.

ASC Sister Clara Ternes dies at age 88 in Ruma, Illinois

Adorer of the Blood of Christ Sister Clara Ternes, a former hospital executive who taught medical ethics, died Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Ruma (Ill.) Center. She was 88 years old and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Dec. 1 in the center’s chapel.
Born April 28, 1928, in Wichita, Kan., she was one of seven children of Martin and Clara (Girrens) Ternes. She made her first profession on July 1, 1944 and her final vows on July 1, 1949.
Sr. Clara earned her degree in nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ill., in 1949 and certification as a registered nurse anesthetist from St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill., in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s in theology with an emphasis on medical ethics from Saint Louis University in 1974, and her master’s in theology from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, in 1976. Her thesis became the textbook, Medicine, Morals and the Nurse.
She did pastoral care for nine years at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville, Ill.; St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital and Maria Care Nursing Home, both in Red Bud, Ill.; and Clementine Hall in Ruma, Ill.
She did a fellowship in medical ethics at the Institute of Religion, Texas Medical Center in Houston, in 1976-77, and later taught nursing ethics at the Institute for several years, giving talks, creating and teaching courses and publishing articles in medical magazines. She also taught at Texas Woman’s University in Houston.
Sr. Clara retired to the Ruma Center in 2013.

Sister Elizabeth Ann Schmidt, 85, dies Nov. 22 in Wichita

Adorer of the Blood of Christ Sister Elizabeth Ann Schmidt died Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Wichita Center. She was 85 and had lived 69 years as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, Nov. 28 with Fr. Tom Welk presiding.
Sister was born Feb. 19, 1931, the fifth of 10 children of Marcus and Mary (Suppes) Schmidt, and grew up on the family farm outside of Spearville, Kan.
Influenced by her teachers, the Adorers, at St. John the Baptist elementary school, she entered the ASC community in 1945, at age 14. She pronounced first vows July 1, 1947.
A last-minute assignment to substitute teach for an ailing sister caused her to put her own high school education on hold. Another sister tutored her and she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1950. She professed final vows on July 1, 1952.
She graduated in 1960 from Sacred Heart College in Wichita with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1969, she completed a master’s degree in teaching from what was then Webster College in St. Louis. She earned a master’s degree in learning disabilities in 1988 from Northern Colorado University, Greeley, Colo.
Sister Elizabeth Ann had a long history of ministry in eight states, serving as teacher, tutor, pastoral minister, coordinator of learning disabled students, director of summer religion camps among other jobs in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
She was parish coordinator for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita from August 1983 to end of June 1984.
Sister Elizabeth Ann tutored at St. Joseph School in Wichita from December 2002 to the end of May 2003. She also tutored at various schools in the diocese and at the provincial house from August 1993 to end of June 1994.
She taught grades one through four at Sacred Heart School in Eureka, Kan., from August 1956 to June 30, 1960. She taught kindergarten and grade three at St. Joseph School in McPherson, Kan., from August 1955 to June 30, 1956.
Sister taught grades one through four at St. Joseph School in Humboldt, Kan., from August 1953 to June 30, 1955. She taught grades one and two at Christ the King School in Wichita, from August 1951 to June 30, 1953.
Sister retired to the Wichita Center in 2006 and moved into Caritas Center in May, 2014.

Obituaries, November 18, 2016

MILA
Janet E., 68, All Saints, Wichita, Oct. 26.
MUNINGER
Benny, Sr., “Bo,” 85, St. Patrick, Chanute, Oct. 26.
MARTINEZ
Jody J., 64, St. Patrick, Wichita, Oct. 27.
SCHIPPERS
Barbara (Westhoff), 85, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Oct. 27.
BOLSTER
Robert Eugene, 91, St. Joseph, Wichita, Oct. 28.
SMITH
Eddie, 77, St. Patrick, Chanute, Oct. 28.
BANKS
Mae “Marguerite,” 88, St. John, El Dorado, Oct. 29.
BETZEN
Rosalia Margaret “Rosie,” 91, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Oct. 29.
FEIST
Betty Susan, 53, St. Anne, Wichita, Oct. 29.
SHINOGLE
Paul R., 91, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Oct. 29.
SWAN
Mary Madeline, 101, St. Anthony, Wichita, Oct. 29.
OEDING
Lois Ann, 69, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Oct. 30.
PROUTY
Richard Lewis, 52, St. Mary, Newton, Oct. 30.
CONDON
James Michael, Jr., 33, St. Mary, Derby, Oct. 31.
DREILING
LeRoy, 83, St. Paul, Lyons, Oct. 31.
FAJARDO
Eddie U., 82, St. Joseph, Wichita, Oct. 31.
PHELAN
Marty, 86, St. Patrick, Chanute, Oct. 31.
PLETCHER
Wesley A., 84, St. John, El Dorado, Oct. 31.
DEPENBUSCH
Jean D., 80, St. Patrick, Kingman, Nov. 1.
KENNEDY
Mark J., 56, St. Patrick, Parsons, Nov. 1.
LETCHER
Wayne E., 93, St. Ambrose, Erie, Nov. 1.
SEIDL
Charles H., 94, St. Paul, Lyons, Nov. 1.
BROCK
John Thomas III, 72, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Nov. 2.
HENDERSON
Edgar, 90, St. Mary, Derby, Nov. 2.
LANE
Donna J., 85, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Nov. 2.
LEIKER
Gary, 66, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 3.
MONTGOMERY
Betty J., 90, St. Peter, Schulte, Nov. 3.
WENTZ
Janelle Lynn (Jones), 47, St. Peter, Schulte, Nov. 3.
GROENE
Rogene Iris, 93, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Nov. 4.
HEIN
Marlene H. (Simon), 75, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Nov. 4.
JANSEN
Josephine Catherine Ast, 101, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 4.
DIRKS
Daryl, 74, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Nov. 5.
FREUND
Eldon F. “Nook,” 82, St. Joseph, Wichita, Nov. 5.
HAMPEL
Mariann, 82, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Nov. 5.
JACOBS
Anna, 95, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 5.
LANDWEHR
Leo J., 90, Chetopa, Nov. 5.
ANNUSCHAT
James V. “Jim,” 70, Holy Name, Winfield, Nov. 6.
HILGER
Margaret Rose “Peg,” 60, St. Joseph, Ost, Nov. 6.
DIX
Sue, 85 Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Nov. 7.
LAUER
Mary Louise, 91, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 8.
REYES
Raymond “Junior,” 60, St. Mary, Newton, Nov. 8.

Sr. Angelita Alfaro dies on Oct. 26 at 89

Sister Angelita Alfaro, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 68 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Wichita Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 89.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, Oct. 31, in the Chapel of the New Covenant with Fr. Paul Oborny presiding. Burial followed in the Wichita Center cemetery.
She was born Nov. 19, 1927, in El Dorado, the fourth child of Trinidad and Carmen (Huaracha) Alfaro. She made her first vows on July 1, 1948, and her final vows on July 1, 1953.
Sister Angelita, baptized Josephine, earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita in 1960. She earned two degrees from Wichita State University, a master’s degree in Spanish, and a Specialist in Language degree.
She taught elementary students, her “the dear little ones,” for about 15 years. She taught Spanish at Newman University for another 15 years. Her bilingual English/Spanish abilities were welcomed in parish ministry, as a sponsor of ASC associates and director of religious education.
She was eager to help undocumented people with the paperwork needed to become citizens in Elkhart, Kan., and Loving, N.M. She visited tornado survivors in Saragosa, Texas, as a Catholic Church Extension Society team member. She also served as her mother’s care-giver for a year and translated biographies of St. Maria De Mattias, Sr. Clementine Zerr, and Sr. Seraphina Cinque into Spanish.
She enjoyed drawing, taking photographs and making scrapbooks.
In 2008, Sr. Angelita retired to the ASC Wichita Center, and three years later, to Caritas in the Center.
Sr. Angelita was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Louis and Ralph, and her sisters, Mary Lou, Margaret and Edith. She is survived by her sister Carmen, her brothers Trini, Henry and Michael, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and the ASC community.
Donations in her memory may be made online at www.adorers.org or sent to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109.