Obituaries, May 6, 2016

WILBERT
Irene, 86, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, March 18.
COPPLE
Jane Ann, 78, All Saints, Wichita, April 5.
MILLER
Lenora, 94, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 5.
OLSON
Terry R., 70, Christ the King, Wichita, April 5.
ALCALA-ALDABA
Miguel, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, April 6.
MENDOZA
Sarah “Joanne,” 73, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 6.
McCLAFLIN
Phyllis Helen Mills, 83, St. Martin, Caldwell, April 8.
FREEMAN
Kathleen Joan, 60, St. Cecilia, Haysville, April 9.
MILLIKAN
Fanita Evalyn, 91, St. John, Clonmel, April 9.
ROMANZI
Coletta Marie, 85, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, April 10.
SCHOMMER
Donald “Don” “Doc,” 77, St. Mary, Newton, April 10.
SCHWARTZ
Alberta Ann (Hageman), 86, St. Patrick, Kingman, April 10.
FABIN
Mary F., 82, St. Paul, Lyons, April 11.
SMITH
Theresa A., 89, St. Ambrose, Erie, April 11.
GORGES
Timothy Michael, 44, St. Joseph, Andale.
SULLIVAN
Ella Mae, 91, St. Anthony, Wichita, April 13.
DeVOSS
Raymond A. “Sandy,” 88, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, April 14.
FIELDER
Dolores E., 83, St. Cecilia, Haysville, April 14.
ORTOLANI
Virginia Lee Sullivan, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, April 14.
HADLEY
Dennis Merlin, 68, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 15.
FRAZIER
Cyrus G. “Cy,” 73, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, April 16.
WHITMER
Evelyn J., 82, St. Anne, Wichita, April 17.
CLUPNY
Florence Alice (Youngers), 80, St. Mary, Aleppo, April 18.
GRUSHNYS
Dr. Arnold A., M.D., 96, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, April 18.
QUINT
Mary K., 100, St. Mary, Newton, April 18.
GARCIA
Carmelo Noe, infant son of Marquez Garcia and Ilizza Gomez, St. Anne, Wichita, April 19.
ARANDA
Ricardo “Richard,” 74, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, April 20.
STEINER
Myrna Loy (Faker), 77, Christ the King, Wichita, April 21.
DIXON
Ovazine Laodicea (Macon) “Ozie,” 93, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, April 22.
LEIKER
Georgianna “Georgie,” 90, St. Michael, Mulvane, April 23.
MALACHE
Carlos, St. Mary Cathedral, April 24.
MONTY
Margaret “Evelyn,” 86, St. Joseph, Wichita, April 24.
PRUITT
Kimberly Mary, 57, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, April 24.
POOLE
Dr. Bernard T., M.D., “Barney,” 78, Church fo the Magdalen, Wichita, April 25.
LUVEANO
Maria, 90, St. Patrick, Parsons, April 27.
SCHWARTZ
William George “Bill,” 74, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 27.

Sr. Victorine dies March 28 at 99

Sister Victorine Buser, 99, died Monday, March 28, in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sr. Victorine was celebrated Tuesday, April 5. Interment was in Mt. St. Mary Convent Cemetery.
She was born in Wichita on March 19, 1917, the youngest of four children of Anthony F. and Catherine Schmitz Buser, and given the name Marcella Mary at baptism. Her elementary education was at the Cathedral Grade School in Wichita and she completed high school at Mt. St. Scholastica Academy in Atchison. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State University with additional course work in school administration and music from De Paul University in Chicago, Creighton University in Omaha, and Wichita State University.
Sister Victorine was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita on March 19, 1936, professing her final vows Aug. 14, 1941. Her ministry career began as a substitute music teacher at St. Paul High School in St. Paul followed by several years of orchestra and choral teaching at St. Mary of the Plains Academy in Dodge City.
Until 1975 she taught at several elementary schools in the dioceses of Wichita and Dodge City and was in administration/counseling at diocesan high schools in Pittsburg, St. Paul, Parsons, Wichita, Hutchinson, and Kansas City, Kansas.
In 1975 Sister Victorine was missioned to Kyoto, Japan, where she taught English conversation and speech at Notre Dame Women’s College, Seibo Women’s Junior College in Fushimi, as well as private students at the convent in Ryoanji.
She also shared her music ministry, playing the organ for weddings, school events and teaching private students.
Upon her return to the United States in 2004, she took up residence at Mt. St. Mary Convent until September 2015. New construction at the convent required her to move one final time, ending her days at the Wichita Center of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Kansas priest known for his books on prayer, spirituality dies at age 84

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNS) – Father Edward M. Hays, a priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, and a prolific author of books on prayer and spirituality, died April 3 at St. Luke’s Hospice in Kansas City. He was 84.
Father Hays severely injured his head in a fall in his home March 28, according to information in a blog posting at www.edwardhays.com.
A funeral Mass for Father Hays was celebrated April 8 at St. Joseph Church in Leavenworth, Kansas, by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, followed by burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Leavenworth.
“Death is integral to ongoing evolution and its doorway to new life,” Father Hays wrote in a March 23 blog post, which would turn out to be his last. “Easter celebrates that death releases us from our human limitations to experience the freedom of the unlimited, unrestrained boundless new existence with an entirely innovative relationship to life and the entire star staggering cosmos.
“This new Easter existence is beyond the feeble comprehension of our small human minds,” he continued. “Only our imaginations can create a teeny glimmer of the utter magnificence of this new life of living in communion with everyone and everything. Each of us this moment is an unfinished creation awaiting the process of being fully created into our personal Good Friday and Easter.”
He added, “On our fateful day, like the dying Jesus we will plunge into oneness in the mystery of life, God, with all the earth and the cosmos of billions of galaxies.”
He was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Thomas and Margaret (Nye) Hays. He was educated by the Benedictine monks at Conception Abbey in Missouri, where he completed his undergraduate work and theological studies.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kansas City May 31, 1958. He was an associate pastor at Christ the King Church in Kansas City and Assumption Church in Topeka, Kansas. In 1964, he became pastor at St. Dominic Church in Holton, Kansas.
After a year’s sabbatical in 1971, he became founding director of the Shantivanam Archdiocesan House of Prayer, now Christ’s Peace House of Prayer, in Easton, Kansas.

Obituaries, April 15, 2016

HOPKINS
Laura Carolyn (Bauer), 90, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, March 20.
VOTH
Virginia Delores, 88, St. Mary, Newton, March 21.
POPE
Cheryl L., 65, Holy Savior, Wichita, March 22.
REILLY
David T., 74, All Saints, Wichita, March 23.
WILBERT
Lloyd J., 88, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 24.
WINKLER
Mary Ann (Seiwert), 72, St. Jude, Wichita, March 25.
BARLOW
Vincent J., 77, Pond Creek, Oklahoma, formerly of St. Mary, Derby, March 25.
BURGARDT
Cletus T., 87, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, March 26.
LLAMAS
Guadalupe, Jr., 72, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, March 26.
SCHMIDT
Irma Santiago, 69, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, March 26.
BENDER
Dorothy L., 81, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 28.
GRIFFITHS
Celestine M., 82, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, March 28.
SHEAHAN
James Patrick, 85, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, March 28.
NGUYEN
Van Thi, 86, St. Anthony, Wichita, March 29.
PALMER
Bonnie Jean, 92, St. Mary, Newton, March 29.
SEIDL
Mary (VanLeeuwen), 79, St. Patrick, Chanute, March 29.
RAPLE
Mercedes Catherine (Stockemer), 92, St. Joseph, Andale, March 31.
ORTH-SCHUSTER
Erma M., 79, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 31.
TERNES
Aloysius “Wish,” 85, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, March 31.
La FORGE
Gladys Marks, 93, St. Patrick, Parsons, April 2.
HUGHES
Barbara Anne, 84, All Saints, Wichita, April 3.
JOHNSON
Everett W., 86, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, April 3.
KELLEY
James Peter, III, 69, St. Anthony, Wichita, April 4.
KOEHLER
Pauline K., 78, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, April 4.
OLIVERSON
Cecilia “Esther,” 90, St. Joseph, Wichita, April 4.
ZUERCHER
William Joseph, 82, St. Mary, Newton, April 4.
PICKRELL
Patricia Anne, 67, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 5.

Obituaries, April 1, 2016

THOM
Eugene P. “Gene,” 81, St. John, El Dorado, March 9.
CREMIN
Michael Francis, 77, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, March 10.
ARELLANO
Helen, 92, St. Anne, Wichita, March 11.
SWARTZ
Mona Lisa, 65, St. Anne, Wichita, March 11.
WELDON
William Bernard, 79, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, March 11.
BELMEAR
Ida Mary, 84, St. Martin, Caldwell, March 12.
DICK
Bernice Irene, 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 12.
DROUHARD
Bonnie, 95, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, March 12.
JOHNSON
Patrick Bryan, 47, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, March 12.
KELSEY
Eugene R. “Gene,” 67, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, March 12.
LE
Tuan Van, 61, St. Anthony, Wichita, March 12.
OLSEN
Bill E., 74, St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen, March 12.
MURPHY
Addison Charlotte, infant daughter of Brian Murphy and Bridgette Blanton, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, March 13.
WINKELMAN
Dennis N., 42, St. Anthony, Wellington, March 13.
OWENS
Raymond Joseph, 59, St. Anne, Wichita, March 14.
TOWLER
Julia Yanez, 83, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 14.
MORRIS
Gregory Roy, 29, Holy Spirit Parish, Goddard, March 15.
GEORGE
Richard H. “Dick,” St. Jude, Wichita, March 15.
TOVAR-SAWYER
Ruth, 68, Holy Name, Winfield, March 15.
FARRAN
Ilse E., 94, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 16.
CAMPA
Mary, 93, Christ the King, Wichita, March 18.
MYERS
Marlene A., 78, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, March 20.
RILEY
Dennis “Rile,” 60, Pretty Prairie, March 20.
ROBERTS
Thomas Christopher, 64, St. Andrew, Independence, March 20.
JOHNSTON
Jerry, 79, All Saints, Wichita, March 21.
PELTZER
William C., DDS, 93, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 21.
DESMARTEAU
Duane, 79, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 22.
FINN
Marguerite “Marge,” 89, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 22.

Obituaries, March 18, 2016

ALAMAN
Cipriano, Jr., “CP,” Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Feb. 11.
COMBS
Rosemary P. (Hein), 86, Christ the King, Wichita, Feb. 23.
AST
Margaret Ann (Clasen), 77, St. Peter, Schulte, Feb. 24.
KRAUS
Susan Martina (Raple), 94, St. Joseph, Andale, Feb. 24.
MANS
Kent Lawrence, 46, St. Joseph, Wichita, Feb. 25.
TALAMANTES
Guadalupe Patricia, 46, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita.
KRUSE
Clarice Rae, 84, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Feb. 26.
STEINBACHER
Charles E. “Charlie,” 74, St. Francis, St. Paul, Feb. 26.
YOUNKER
Cress Colt, 55, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, Feb. 26.
GOMEZ
Teresa Lynn (Graves), 60, St. John, El Dorado, Feb. 27.
MACFARLANE
Patricia J., 84, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 27.
PATRY
Eugene “Gene,” 64, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Feb. 27.
TORLINE
Leon Anthony, 87, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Feb. 27.
ADELHARDT
Elmer L. “Butch,” 69, St. Leo, St. Leo, Feb. 28.
DRESSEN
Maxine A., 85, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Feb. 28.
ORTH
LeRoy Charles, 78, St. Joseph, Wichita, Feb. 29.
BURTON
Robert Elwyn, 74, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, March 1.
COUGHLIN
Joan K. (Clover), 105, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 1.
BERNS
Joseph Noel, 74, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 2.
GOFOURTH
Eileen Marie (McCall), 91, St. Francis, St. Paul, March 3.
GARDNER
John W., 65, Holy Name, Winfield, March 3.
GOMEZ
Carlos, 74, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, March 3.
LONG
Ernest A., 90, St. Joseph, Wichita, March 4.
YBARRA
Trudy Clara, 69, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, March 4.
LE
Minh Thi, 86, All Saints, Wichita, March 6.
FORBES
Michael A., 76, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 7.
SCHWAB
Jennie Lou, 80, Holy Spirit, Goddard, March 7.
CULLY
Madonna, St. Patrick, Chanute, March 8.
ROTH
Robert J., 87, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, March 8.
STEVEN
Esther Sophia, 92, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, March 8.
SULLIVAN
Dorothy Y., 83, St. Patrick, Wichita, March 8.
TERHUNE
Markina M. (Leis), 88, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 8.
SEVART
Mary Jo, 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 9.

Sr. Rose Therese Bahr dies Feb. 18 at 85

Sister Rose Therese Bahr, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 65 years, died Thursday, Feb. 18. She was 85.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Chapel of the New Covenant. The Rev. Tom Welk presided. Sister Rose Therese was buried in the community cemetery.
She was born March 1, 1930, in Great Bend, one of five children of Frank William and Mary Victoria (Schneider) Bahr. She was baptized Mildred, and attended St. Ann Elementary and high school in Olmitz.
Education was so important to the Bahrs that they rented a house across from school so their children, cousins, and neighbors wouldn’t miss school in severe weather. Mildred’s mother took her turn staying in town to care for the children.
After high school, Mildred accepted the invitation of her chemistry teacher, Sr. Gertrude Bauman, to consider becoming an Adorer. In August 1948, she entered the Adorers in Wichita. Sr. Rose Therese professed her first vows on July 1, 1950, and her final vows on July 1, 1955.
She taught the first and second grades at St. Joseph’s School in Ellinwood, before beginning her education in nursing. She earned her nursing diploma in 1954. Her first assignment was St. Francis Hospital in Carlsbad, N.M.
She later earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing education administration, both at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in higher education at Saint Louis University. She was academic dean and professor at Newman University and professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Kansas and at The Catholic University of America.
During her academic career, she established a master’s degree in gerontological nursing and wrote books including “Aging: A Holistic Perspective,” published articles in professional nursing magazines and presented workshops, conferences and institutes. She was also a member of the Wichita Province leadership Team from 1992 to 1996.
Upon retirement in 2001, she wrote grants and raised funds for several Wichita social service agencies. She served four terms on the Newman University Board of Trustees and served on the board of eight other agencies.
She is survived by nieces and nephews; cousins, including ASC Sisters Francella, Jeannine, Mary Ann, Teresa and Philomena Bahr; and her ASC community.
Memorials in her honor may be sent to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109.

Don Leis dies Feb. 14

Donald Leis, a pro-life leader in western Sedgwick County, died Feb. 14. He was 77.
Services for Leis were held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Garden Plain.
Jerome Becker, a fellow parishioner, described Leis as the “most generous person I’ve ever seen with his time and his talents. He gave it all to others.”
Becker said Leis became associated with the St. Anthony Pro-Life Outreach about 16 years ago. “He began after he retired – then he really went to work!”
Leis worked to make others lives easier and better, Becker added.

Obituaries, March 3, 2016

JULIAN
Cheryl Ann (Burke), 56, St. Joseph, Wichita, Feb. 3.
LYNCH
Jim, 68, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 10.
ROBLES
Bishop Martine, 26, St. Jude, Wichita, Feb. 10.
ALAMAN
Cipriano, Jr., "CP," Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Feb. 11.
NORGREN
Ronald Jerome, 61, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Feb. 12.
HOWELL
Timothy G., 57, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Feb. 13.
PEREZ
Michael C. “Mike,” 96, St. Patrick, Parsons, Feb. 13.
STERK
Beth Elaine, 81, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Feb. 13.
CAZENAVE
Dorsie L., 83, Holy Savior, Wichita, Feb. 14.
LEIS
Donald, 77, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Feb. 14.
UNREIN
Linda Lee (Patterson), 67, St. Peter, Schulte, Feb. 14.
WINTER
Rita H., 76, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Feb. 16.
KIRCHHOFFER
Joseph F., Jr., St. Mary, Derby, Feb. 17.
McINTOSH
Byron L., 55, Holy Savior, Wichita, Feb. 17.
MORENO
Francisco Anibal, Sr., 81, St. Patrick, Wichita, Feb. 17.
CRONINGER
Charles Harry, Sr., 80, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Feb. 18.
HENSLEY
Mary Paige, 35, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 18.
MALONE
Mercedes Barry, 88, Sacred Heart, Halstead, Feb. 18.
ORR
Mary Catherine, 74, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 18.
WILLIAMS
Darlene M. “Mamo,” 82, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Feb. 18.
KENNEDY
Howard P., 83, St. Francis, St. Paul, Feb. 19.
KOENIGS
Eugene John “Gene,” 88, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Feb. 19.
PUETZ
Matilda L, 105, St. Joseph, Wichita, Feb. 19.
TRIANA
Thomas, Sr., 64, St. Jude, Wichita, Feb. 19.
STRUNK
Virginia A., 94, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 19.
GROW
Steven M., 40, St. Anne, Wichita, Feb. 21.
STIKA
Sarah J., 84, St. Mark, Marion, Feb. 21.
McDOWELL
James Daniel, 45, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 22.
ROSENSTIEL
Dennis M. “Mike,” 67, Parsons, Feb. 22.
SANDATE
Betty Jo, 69, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Feb. 23.
BREITENBACH
Annie “LaFaune,” 100, Christ the King, Wichita, Feb. 24.
LARKIN
Robert Dean, Sr., 77, St. Joseph, Wichita, Feb. 24.

Sr. Therese St. Pierre dies Feb. 11 in Wichita at 84

Sister of St. Joseph Therese St. Pierre, 84, died Feb. 11 at the Wichita Center of the Adorers of the Precious Blood.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday morning at the Wichita Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Sister Therese was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Lucy, La., to Albin J. St. Pierre and Lelia Hymel St. Pierre. She attended public grade schools in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana. Her high school education was completed at St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans.
Following graduation, she entered the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille on Sept. 8, 1948, and received the name of Sr. Clement, eventually returning to her baptismal name some years later. She made her final profession of vows Sept. 16, 1953.
Teaching elementary school was her love and prepared for it by earning a bachelor’s of education degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. Her teaching ministry covered the 65 years until she retired in 2006 to the congregation’s Center at Hundred Oaks in Baton Rouge, La. In 2014 she moved to the Wichita Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Numerous nieces and nephews survive. Memorial contributions may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.