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.

Sister Charlotte Zelenak dies Oct. 28

Sister Charlotte Zelenak, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, died Oct. 28 at the age of 93. She was born Jan. 1, 1923 to Anna and Stefan Zelenak in Kansas City, Kansas. She entered the Congregation of St. Joseph on March 19, 1941.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Wichita Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
An educator, Sister Charlotte taught for 56 years in Catholic elementary schools throughout Kansas, California, Oregon, and Texas. In 2008 she retired to Mount St. Mary’s Convent where she lived out the rest of her life of service to the “dear neighbor.” For many years she loved to vacation in the Rio Grande Forest at South Fork, Colorado.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings, as well as her lifelong friend Sister Paula Marie Metz. In addition to members of her religious congregation she is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, November 4, 2016

WILTSE
Paul Richard, 76, St. Ignatius, Neodesha, Oct. 3.
THOMPSON
Robert E., Jr., “Bobby,” 50, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Oct. 11.
SMITH
Kathleen Rae, 65, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Oct. 12.
CABRALES
Ubaldo, 57, St. Patrick, Wichita, Oct. 13.
COFFEY
Steven David, 31, St. Michael, Mulvane, Oct. 13.
PLUMMER
Anita, 74, St. Mary, Newton, Oct. 13.
FRITZLER
Roanna Clare, 54, St. Anthony, Wellington, Oct. 14.
GIRRENS
Marian G., 81, St. Peter, Schulte, Oct. 14.
JANZING
James P. “Jim,” 55, Christ the King, Wichita, Oct. 14.
SLOAT-ELLIOT
Theresa Marie “Tracy Sloat,” St. Anthony, Wichita, Oct. 14.
MAYER
Victoria, 66, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Oct. 15.
TUNSTALL
John R., 81, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Oct. 15.
HERMES
Kenneth Bernard, 66, St. Joseph, Andale, Oct. 16.
JACKSON
RoxAnna, 64, Sacred Heart, Halstead, Oct. 16.
MARTINEZ
Nathan Albert, 26, St. Mary, Newton, Oct. 16.
McHUGH
Susan Kathleen, 59, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Oct. 18.
BLANKINSHIP-WAGLE
Cheri, 48, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Oct. 20.
DICK
Margaret Ann (Rohling), 88, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Oct. 22.
TURNER
Madge Ellen, 72, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Oct. 22.
BONILLA
Irene Amparo, 79, Sacred Heart, Eureka, Oct. 25.

Obituaries, October 21, 2016

LERO
Elizabeth A. “Betty,” 82, St. Francis, St. Paul, Sept. 30.
YOUNGERS
Elmer F., 78, St. Peter, Willowdale, Sept. 30.
MARTEN
Evelyn Rose, infant daughter of David and Theresa, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Oct. 2.
KLETCHKA
Donna Marie (Schneider), 69, St. James, Augusta, Oct. 3.
LITTLE
Andrew J. “Andy,” 92, St. Joseph, Wichita, Oct. 4.
LUSEBRINK
Pauline, 92, St. Michael, Girard, Oct. 4.
REID
Bradley D., 48, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Oct. 4.
QUIRIN
Leona V., 94, St. Patrick, Parsons, Oct. 5.
FLOWERS
Henrietta, St. Patrick, Chanute, Oct. 6.
BETTE
Edith A., 86, Wichita, Oct. 7.
ORTH
Donald L., 76, St. Joseph, Andale, Oct. 7.
ROHR
Vernon J., 81, All Saints, Wichita, Oct. 8.
LINN
Donna J., 89, St. Mary, Newton, Oct. 9.
ADAMS
Slade H., 42, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Oct. 10.
KOFFORD
Einar James III “Jim,” St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Oct. 10.
LEONARD
Dolores Dell “Dody,” 87, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Oct. 11.
THOMPSON
Robert, Jr., “Bobby,” St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Oct. 11.

Obituaries, October 7, 2016

MARTIN
Gene, 82, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Aug. 5.
ANNUSCHAT
Damien Michael, 32, Holy Name, Winfield, Aug. 31.
NIDA
Harold Glen, 73, St. Francis, Wichita, Sept. 6.
SIEVERS
Francis Dean “Sonny,” 91, St. Joseph, Yates Center, Sept. 7.
SPIES
Alvena Mary (Kerschen), 96, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Sept. 7.
LOGSDON
C. Jeanne, 81, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Sept. 8.
MEANS
Marianne (Fabac), 65, St. Joseph, Andale, Sept. 8.
BOSTON
Garry, 79, St. Mary, Newton, Sept. 9.
MOORE
Rosanne Rossillon, 85, St. James, Augusta, Sept. 9.
NOLD
Doris Jean (King), 72, Sacred Heart, Halstead, Sept. 9.
SCHMIDT
William F., 84, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Sept. 9.
MANNY
Kathleen “Kathy,” 75, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Sept. 11.
FULKERSON
Harold Duayne, 87, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Sept. 12.
SEVART
Gary L., 70, St. Patrick, Parsons, Sept. 12.
BEAT
Ernest M. “Ernie,” 81, St. Louis, Waterloo, Sept. 13.
KRAUS
Laverne Joseph, 88, All Saints, Wichita, Sept. 13.
FABER
Ralph B., 89, St. John, Clonmel, Sept. 14.
BOHATCH
Virginia Esther, 88, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Sept. 15.
WALTER
Florence M., St. Patrick, Kingman, Sept. 15.
BOCK
John E., 87, St. Patrick, Kingman, Sept. 16.
FAJARDO
Marlene M., 81, St. Joseph, Wichita, Sept. 16.
FARNEY
John D., 79, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Sept. 16.
LAUER
Bernadine (Simon) “Katie,” 88, St. John, Clonmel, Sept. 16.
MARTINEZ
Angel (Marquez), 95, St. Anthony, Wichita, Sept. 16.
MARTINEZ
Rose Marie (Llamas), 73, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Sept. 17.
SANER
Dixie Lee, 66, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Sept. 17.
DICK
Martin J., 82, St. John, Zenda, Sept. 18.
GILLIHAN
Deloris, 75, St. Patrick, Wichita, Sept. 18.
MURRAY
Donald Edward “Don,” 83, St. John, Iola, Sept. 20.
BLAIR-JONES
Donna, 81, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Sept. 21.
PELZER
Melissa C., 61, Wichita, Sept. 21.
RUNNELLS
James D. “Jim,” St. Mary, Newton, Sept. 21.
BOHRER
Rosaline E. “Rosie,” 88, St. Peter, Willowdale, Sept. 22.
GOODMAN
Virginia (Flores), 80, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Sept. 22.
McINTOSH
Elmer L. “Tuffy,” 86, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Sept. 22.
DORENKAMP
Ronella Marion, 73, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Sept. 23.
SHIVELY
Kent Allen, 53, St. Anne, Wichita, Sept. 23.
WEBB
Richard J., Jr., 90, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Sept. 23.
KEEHN
Francis, 92, St. James, Augusta, Sept. 24.
WILKEN
Jerald L., 74, St. Mark, St. Mark, Sept. 24.
THIMMESCH
John Francis, 60, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Sept. 25.
BABICH
William J. “Bill,” St. Joseph, Wichita, Sept. 27.
MONTES
Guadalupe, 71, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Sept. 27.

Sister Paula Marie Metz dies Sept. 9 at 93

Sister Paula Marie (Rosemary) Metz, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, died Sept. 6 at the age of 93.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Sept. 9, at the Wichita Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph. A wake was held the day before.
Sister Paula Marie taught for 40 years in Catholic elementary schools throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and Oregon.
In her later years she also worked as an occupational therapist assistant at St. Joseph Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado; volunteered with Red Cross Nutrition Service in Wichita; and assisted at St. Anthony Family Shelter, and at God’s Food Pantry in Wichita.
Sister Paula Marie taught English as a second language in the Indo-Chinese refugee program and the Migrant and Refugee Program sponsored by Catholic Charities in Wichita. From 1993-2001 she served at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita as family liaison in the surgery department; then seven more years in parish ministry in Pittsburg, Kansas; finally retiring to Mt St. Mary’s Convent in 2008.
She was born February 19, 1923, in Kansas City, Kansas, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph on March 19, 1941, and received the religious name Sister Paula Marie.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her five brothers and one sister. In addition to members of her religious congregation she is survived by a number of nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218. DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary.

Obituaries, September 16, 2016

MUSSER
Ann Evelyn (Hoffman), 50, St. Mary, Newton, Aug. 25.
PUETZ
David J., 83, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Aug. 25.
DAVIGNON
Lorna Nadine, 76, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Aug. 26.
DAVIS
Jeraldyne R. (Rosenhamer) “Jerry,” 90, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Aug. 26.
GUTIERREZ
John Arnold, 81, St. Francis, Wichita, Aug. 26.
McCULLOUGH
Claxton D., 87, formerly of Kansas, Aug. 27.
NELSON
Sharon K. (Ruder), 69, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Aug. 27.
MAY
Sue Ellen (Owens), 51, St. Peter, Schulte, Aug. 28.
ODELL
Conrad Ray, 79, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Aug. 28.
RIEDL
Betty Lou (Wood), 85, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Aug. 28.
TERNES
Mathew P., 93, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Aug. 28.
BENOIT
Eldon F., 74, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Aug. 29.
DeBAREA
Frank James, Jr., 59, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Aug. 29.
KUHNEL
Norma L. Malone Gastineau Hawkins, 89, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Aug. 30.
LITTLE
Maraldine “Dean,” 86, St. Joseph, Wichita, Aug. 30.
PAULIE
Elizabeth Agnes “Aggie,” 83, St. Patrick, Chanute, Aug. 30.
WENINGER
Lynda Lee (Carpenter), 70, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Aug. 30.
BOWMAKER
Michael Maurice, 88, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Aug. 31.
LUTZ
Lynda Sue, 68, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Aug. 31.
NEISES
Steven I., 61, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Aug. 31.
MARX
Marie E., 95, St. Joseph, Ost, Sept. 1.
HEIMERMAN
Charles, 64, St. Anne, Wichita, Sept. 2.
KARRAKER
Tyler Ray, 19, Holy Trinity, Little River, Sept. 3.
YOUNG
Freda A., 82, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Sept. 3.
MARTIN
Eugene J., 82, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Sept. 5.