Sister M. Gabrielle Hagerty dies at 97; taught at STA school

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Sister M. Gabrielle Hagerty, a Sister of Charity, died July 12, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa, at age 97. Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dubuque.
Sister taught elementary school at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Wichita, Kansas, and was a principal in schools in Sioux City, Boone, Manly, Burlington, Washington, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa.
She was born in Tama, Iowa, on April 2, 1919, entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1942, professed first vows on March 19, 1945, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1950.
Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Obituaries, August 5, 2016

LOPEZ
Alejandro Francisco, 46, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 2.
ARAMBURU
Alfred, 81, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, July 6.
GEHRER
Bernice B. “Bea,” St. Patrick, Wichita, July 6.
HIRSCH
Margaret, 98, St. Jude, Wichita, July 6.
OSTMEYER
Dale J., 81, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, July 6.
CARTER
Larry Dean, 73, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 7.
MAINZER
Shirley M., 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 7.
STEPHENSON
Julie F., 48, St. John, El Dorado, July 7.
DUTTON
Jody M., 69, St. Patrick, Kingman, July 8.
BALOG
Mildred Anna (Strobel), 89, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, July 9.
ERKER
James H. “Jim,” 70, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, July 10.
COX
Cleta M., 80, St. Anne, Wichita, July 11.
AGUIRRE
Amor R., 63, Holy Name, Winfield, July 12.
HAXTON
Duane, 73, St. Mary, Newton, July 12.
EMRICH
Lillie Marie (Paquette), 95, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 15.
O’HARA
Edward Bernard, 90, St. Francis, St. Paul, July 15.
ENSMINGER
Benjamin, 34, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jully 16.
GIRRENS
Jean H. (Dugan), 86, Christ the King, Wichita, July 16.
HORINE
Phyllis J., 84, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 16.
ARPIN
Barbara Jean, 86, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, July 17.
HOCK
Rometta Mary (Achenbach), 83, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, July 17.
BRITTON
Edward F., Sr., 84, Holy Savior, Wichita, July 18.
STOLZ
Salome F. “Susie,” 94, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 18.
ERKER
Donald Robert, 83, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, July 19.
ROTHERMEL
Paul, 53, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, July 20.
KRIWIEL
Mary Virginia (Johnson), 83, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 23.
SECUNDINO
Castenada, Jr., “Andy,” 86, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, July 23.
YAKSHAW
Rose Mary (Linnebur), 86, St. Joseph, Andale, July 23.

Brian Bergkamp lived his life as a Good Samaritan

Brian Bergkamp was known in the seminary as a man who gave of himself without asking for anything in return.
He felt called to give of himself once again Saturday, July 9. Bergkamp, 24, was kayaking with four friends on the Arkansas River when one of the women in the group fell out of her kayak after they hit rough water.
According to officials, the seminarian went in after her and was able to help her reach safety, but was pulled under by the strong current.
“I knew Brian to be an exceptional seminarian, well on his way to demonstrating so many of the qualities needed to be a good and faithful priest,” Bishop Carl A. Kemme wrote in an email. “I personally looked forward to the day when I might be able to ordain him.”
Bishop Kemme said Brian was quiet, dedicated, diligent in his work and studies, and presented himself always with a sense of decorum and maturity, well beyond his years.
“I was looking forward to how God would use him as a priest in the Diocese of Wichita. Now, we must all mourn his much anticipated ministry and the many fruits we all knew would be abundant by his priestly life and ministry.”
Life on this side of heaven is full of mysteries, contradictions, ironies, Bishop Kemme said. “Brian’s untimely death is full of these mysteries, which must wait until heaven to be solved.”
Brian showed a true priestly quality in his last moments, he said, apparently saving the life of another while risking his own. “This all took place on the weekend when we heard the parable of the Good Samaritan. Brian was living that parable in his last moments. No one could ever hope for or expect a greater homily than this!”
As we move on – now without him, Bishop Kemme said, “I entrust him to the mercy of God, who gave him life and the love of a good and supportive family. He found new life, membership, and belonging in the church through baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. He wanted to dedicate his life to the service of the church as a priest. While this was apparently not to be, he nevertheless lived an already priestly life and died a priestly death, giving it all for another.”

More about Brian Bergkamp
Bergkamp, the son of Ned and Theresa Bergkamp of Garden Plain, was going into his third year of theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His brother, Andy, was ordained to the transitional diaconate in May.
A story about him and the other two seminarians working at the Diner appeared in the June 17 Catholic Advance. It is available here.

Deacon Len Fennewald dies at 77

The Rev. Mr. Len Fennewald, the longtime permanent deacon at Christ the King Parish in Wichita, died Tuesday, July 5. He was 77.
A vigil was held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Christ the King Church, 4411 Maple in Wichita. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Christ the King.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; sons, David of Mulvane, Steve of Surrey, N.D., and Brian of Richlands, Va.; daughters, Renae Perry of Fargo, N.D., and Rhonda Cornell of Wrightwood, Calif. He also had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Obituaries, July 15, 2016

FOWLER
Kurt E., 57, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 19.
HINCHMAN
Guadalupe, 75, St. Anne, Wichita, June 22.
JOHNSON
Daryl Eugene, 78, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, June 23.
TERNES
Gregory L., 62, Christ the King, Wichita, June 24.
DONDLINGER
Paul J., 67, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 25.
BARLOW
Robert “Mike,” 80, St. Patrick, Wichita, June 26.
DIX
Charles Edwin, 90, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 27.
McVEY
Wilma Jean, 92, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, June 28.
SALAZAR
Richard, 69, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, June 28.
GLEESON
Dennis J., 76, St. Joseph, Wichita, June 29.
BECKER
Mary Ann Fairchild, 79, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 1.
BERNTSEN
Gloria F., 77, St. John, Clonmel, July 1.
BAUER
Clinton J., 86, Christ the King, Wichita, July 2.
NEILSON
Sandra L., 71, St. Joseph, McPherson, July 2.
GREGORY
Richard Allen, 58, St. Joseph, Andale, July 3.
KNOBLAUCH
Glenn J., 60, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, July 3.
McCOY
Theresa Mary, 77, St. Mary, Derby, July 4.
MELCHER
Thomas, 75, St. Peter, Schulte, July 4.
WILSON
Ruth M., 98, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 4.
BARBEAU
Cole Michael, 21, St. Joseph, Andale, July 5.
ECKBERG
Janet, 89, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 5.
FENNEWALD
Leonard E. “Len,” 77, Christ the King, Wichita, July 5.
TSOSIE
Teresa, 81, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, July 5.

Sr. Cornelia Bock dies June 20

Sister Cornelia Bock, 96, died June 20, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary in Great Bend.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, June 23, at the convent. Burial was in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.
Born March 25, 1920, in Anaheim, Calif., as Barbara Belle Bock, Sister Cornelia was the daughter of the late Paul and Barbara (Diefenback) Bock. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in Great Bend Aug. 30, 1935, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 17, 1938. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2013.
For a short time Sister Cornelia ministered as a teacher of elementary students in Catholic parochial schools in Kansas but soon began her studies in nursing where she served as nurse and supervisor in the community’s hospitals.
She expanded her nursing skills to midwifery and spent 20 years in Nigeria, West Africa, as a nurse and midwife among the clinics of the Dominican Sisters of Gusau, Nigeria. She not only served with the indigenous Sisters but was the superior of their community for about four years.
Her later stateside ministries included Connect Care, a volunteer AIDS ministry, and then at the convent in Great Bend assisting the librarian and doing computer work for the local community.
Sister Cornelia is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community. All her siblings preceded her in death, but she remained close to her nieces and nephews who were faithful in calling and visiting.
Memorials in honor of Sister Cornelia Bock may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus OH 43219-2098, or sent securely on OPPeace.org.

Obituaries, July 1, 2016

SULLIVAN
Dorothy “Jeanne,” 91, St. Joseph, Wichita, April 6.
FLAHARTY
Raymond Lee, 79, Holy Name, Coffeyville, May 21.
GILL
Dena Marie (Chipman), 48, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 21.
KRUSKOP
Robert C., Sr., 87, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 24.
JERSHIN
Betty, 90, All Saints, Wichita, May 25.
GELLER
Darrell Eugene, 68, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, May 26.
CROWELL
Joan P., 77, Mother of God, Oswego, May 28.
CAMPBELL
Justin, 36, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 29.
GRIVOIS
Joseph Ronald Angelo, 82, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, May 29.
McGUIGAN
William J., 77, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 29.
BEAT
Judith K. “Judy,” 76, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 30.
BIERA
Edward Hernandez, 74, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, May 30.
SUTER
Mary M., 94, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 30.
MYERS
Theresa Ann, 85, St. Mary, Derby, June 1.
PEREZ
Consuelo J. (Gonzalez) “Connie,” 93, St. Patrick, Parsons, June 2.
VENEGAS
Anthony C., 72, St. Patrick, Wichita, June 2.
WHERRELL
Marian Lee, 76, St. Joseph, Wichita, June 2.
BETZEN
Andrew J., 65, St. Mark, St. Mark, June 4.
MARTINEZ
Jose R., Sr., “Joe,” 93, St. Mary, Derby, June 5.
GILMARTIN
Edward Joseph, 80, St. Anne, Wichita, June 6.
STEFFENS
Elsie M. (Pauly), 102, St. John, Clonmel, June 6.
CLUPNY
Edward Joseph, 86, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, June 7.
FRAGOZA
Gregorio G., 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, June 8.
CATTELINO
Mary Florence, 98, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, June 9.
SCHULTZ
Gregory E., 65, St. Joseph, Wichita, June 10.
GARCIA
Nellie Manuela, 99, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, June 11.
PADILLA
Jose “Pete,” 84, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, June 12.
FIEDLER
Roberta J. “Bert,” 52, St. Paul, Lyons, June 13.
BOHNING
Scott R., 59, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, June 14.
BORN
Barbara Regina (Westhoff), 92, St. Francis, St. Paul, June 14.
LIES
Joseph J., 46, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 15.
MASON
Beverly Ann (Moore), 82, St. Joseph, Andale, June 15.
ADAIR
Teresa “Teri,” St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita.
TAYLOR
Lorraine Anne, 91, Holy Name, Coffeyville, June 16.
UTZ
Betty I. (Sundee), 97, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 17.
DINGES
Charlotte M., 91, Sacred Heart, Halstead, June 18.
FOWLER
Kurt E., 57, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 19.
MONARES
Juanita, 93, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, June 19.
WEST
Gloria (Gallardo), 75, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 19.
SAUER
Mary Anna (Knapic), 84, St. Patrick, Kingman, June 20.
TERRONES
Hilarion “Leo,” 86, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, June 20.
Van LEEUWEN
Larry, 74, St. Francis, St. Paul, June 20.

Obituaries, June 3, 2016

REBOUL
Jeffrey James, 29, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, May 4.
HIGHLAND
Donna Marie, 64, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 6.
HORSCH
Franklin “Deach,” 83, St. Joseph, Andale, May 11.
SEE
John A. “Jack,” 96, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 12.
VESTRING
Mary Kay, 92, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, May 12.
FEDERICO
Alexander A. “Alex,” 62, St. Jude, Wichita, May 14.
SCHENK
Jacqueline “Jackie,” 64, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 14.
SERRANO
Daniel, 60, St. Anne, Wichita, May 14.
STUHLSATZ
Sylvester L. “Slivy,” 87, St. Mary, Aleppo, May 14.
VENNEMANN
Francis J. “Frank,” 95, St. Francis, St. Paul, May 14.
BUTLER
Gretchen, 58, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 15.
DUGAN
Charles E. “Bud,” St. Joseph, Conway Springs, May 15.
MACKEY
Alan James, 77, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, May 15.
PACHECO
Mary Antonia (Mosqueda), 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, May 15.
MARTENEY
Tony, 57, St. James, Augusta, May 16.
PALKOWITSCH
Joseph Henry “Joe,” 76, Christ the King, Wichita, May 16.
SZCZEPANIK
Edward D. “Eddie,” 65, Holy Savior, Wichita, May 16.
BETTE
Dr. Thomas, 54, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, May 17.
DeLaTORRE
Rudy, 64, St, Patrick, Chanute, May 17.
DURAND
Daniel, 89, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 17.
KOPPER
C. Dolores “Dee,” 88, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 17.
LIND
Donald J. “Don,” 78, Holy Name, Coffeyville, May 17.
WARREN
Virginia Jean (Kastens), 87, St. Mary, Derby, May 17.
DICKSON
Lila M., 86, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 18.
STEINKE
Sylvester, 92, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 18.
COLSON
Eldon R., Sr., “Stubby,” 75, St. Paul, Lyons, May 19.
GUDDE
Virginia R., 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 19.
JACOBS
Lucille Catherine, 95, St. Joseph, Yates Center, May 19.
MIRANOWSKI
Mary Ann, 73, Holy Spirit, Goddard, May 19.
SEILER
Gordon Lee, 62, St. Joseph, Ost, May 19.
GOERTZ
Rita A., 94, St. Peter, Willowdale, May 20.
DREILING
Shawn, 51, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 21.
HENDRIXSON
Marceline, 93, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 21.
TROTNIC
Norma Jean (Kral), 83, All Saints, Wichita, May 21.
DICKSON
Eric Daniel, 31, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 23.
McCALL
Elizabeth Louise “Betty,” 86, St. Francis, St. Paul, May 23.
FISCHER
Barbara Ann, 83, St. Leo, St. Leo, May 24.

Obituaries, May 20, 2016

CARDENAS
Jeanne (Lobmeyer), 85, St. Patrick, Wichita, April 24.
MERCER
Carol Denise (Scheffer), 53, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 27.
NAVRAT
Robert J., 84, St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen, April 27.
BROWN
Marian, 87, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 28.
RILEY
Karen Lynn, 61, St. Mark, St. Mark, April 28.
HEIN
Edward C., Jr., 82, Wichita, Kansas, April 29.
MARTINEZ
Eddie J. “Pops,” 74, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 29.
BLUBAUGH
Dennis Lee “Sam,” 75, St. Anne, Wichita, April 30.
YBARRA
Irene Josephine, 88, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, April 30.
LEE
Leo A., Holy Savior, Wichita, May 1.
MORSS
Martha J., 78, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 1.
PELZ
Thelma A., 90, St. John, Clonmel, May 1.
BURGESS
Jolene, 69, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 2.
KOESTER
Joyce L., 87, St. John, El Dorado, May 2.
SPIELBUSCH
William H. “Bill,” 94, St. Francis, St. Paul, May 2.
GOOD
Francis “Doc,” 82, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 3.
HERNANDEZ
Eugenia, 63, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, May 3.
LeFEVRE
Marcella C., 95, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 3.
PETERSON
Robert Gene, 88, St. Bridget, Lindsborg, May 3.
SMITH
Richard D. “Dick,” 80, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 3.
JONES
Joyce June, 71, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 4.
RAMIREZ
Sebastian “Tano,” 78, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, May 4.
WOODWORTH
Karen Marie (Heimerman), 64, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, May 4.
FRASER
Margaret (Lentine), 69, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 5.
HAMILTON
Ryan E., 33, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, May 5.
HIGHLAND
Donna Marie, 64, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 6.
LUNA
Anita, 89, Our lady of Guadalupe, Newton, May 6.
HILWORTH
Heather R., 43, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 7.
TRAN
Gi Thi, 94, St. Anthony, Wichita, May 7.
JANSEN
Dr. Larry L., 67, Christ the King, Wichita, May 8.
MERRILL
Alvin P., 73, Sacred Heart, Colwich, May 8.
WILSON
Ralph O., 82, St. John, Iola, May 9.
GOMEZ
Gilbert, 53, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, May 10.
HORSCH
Franklin “Deach,” 83, St. Joseph, Andale, May 11.
LAIR
Virgil, St. Patrick, Chanute, May 11.

Father Slomski buried in his hometown

Native of Connecticut served Diocese of Wichita since Feb. 28, 1953
Father Joseph Slomski, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 63 years, died Friday, April 22.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1925, in New Britain, Connecticut, and studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 28, 1953.
A vigil for Father Slomski was held Tuesday, April 26, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 27, at the cathedral.
Interment was planned for Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain.
Father Andy Kuykendall, who delivered the homily at the funeral, said it was difficult for him to see Father Slomski unable to receive the Eucharist the last few days before he passed away, especially, “after 63 years of celebrating the sacraments for the people of God!”
“One day he was mad at me and said something to me in Polish and I responded back to him in German and he asked what I said. I said, ‘I said the same to you!’ And we remained friends from then on - even though what I actually said in German was ‘Sleep, baby, sleep!’”
Fr. Kuykendall said he believes Fr. Slomski wanted to know, love, and serve God to the end and that he wanted to be fully absorbed into the life of Christ.
During his priestly ministry Father Slomski served at the following parishes: Sacred Heart in Frontenac, St. Mary in Derby, Holy Cross in Hutchinson, St. John in El Dorado, Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg, St. Patrick in Fulton, St. Teresa in Madison, St. John in Hamilton, St. Patrick in Florence, Immaculate Conception in Burns, St. Mary in Aleppo, St. Mary in Moline, St. Joseph in Cedar Vale, St. Robert in Sedan and St. Mary in Chase.
He also served as moderator for the Newton District Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Father Slomski retired from active ministry March 3, 2002.