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.

Obituaries, February 19, 2016

FOGLE
Aaron Michael “A.T.,” 30, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 24.
MASSOTH
Charles Francis, 74, St. Martin, Piqua, Jan. 26.
CARNEY
Catherine E. “Katy,” 92, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 27.
RODRIGUEZ
Eliseo Herman “Lee,” 78, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Jan. 27.
BERGKAMP
Berenice (Hampel), 89, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 28.
BURNS
Bernadette M., 92, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Jan. 28.
JONES
James “Jim,” 57, St. Patrick, Chanute, Jan. 28.
KNITIG
Verlie Ina (Ina), 81, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 28.
HARTMAN
Everett A., 80, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Jan. 30.
RAU
Brian G., 27, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Jan. 30.
RAUSCH
Lewis S., 85, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Jan. 30.
ELPERS
Theresa Susan, 87, St. Patrick, Kingman, Jan. 31.
PITTMAN
Gilbert Louis, 94, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 31.
LANDRON
Edward, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson.
McCOSH
Harold D., 94, Christ the King, Wichita, Feb. 1.
MILLER
Doris, 94, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 2.
OJEDA
Lucille “Lupe,” 90, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Feb. 2.
SAGE
Millie, 89, St. James, Augusta, Feb. 2.
BAUDOIN
Joan Marie, 75, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Feb. 3.
BOREN
Mary M., Sacred Heart, Euraka, Feb. 3.
BUSTOS
Manuel, 84, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Feb. 3.
KELTNER
Gary, 71, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Feb. 3.
BEECH
Paul A. “Bud,” 84, St. John, Iola, Feb. 5.
ELLIS
Helen Margaret (McCall), 93, St. Patrick, Parsons, Feb. 5.
ESCH
Lonnie “Todd,” 50, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 5.
TRUONG
Huyen B., 43, All Saints, Wichita, Feb. 7.
HERRELL
Melvin Lyle, 82, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Feb. 8.
JANSEN
Catherine Emmajean, 92, St. Patrick, Wichita, Feb. 8.
NILGES
Gracemary, 87, St. John, Iola, Feb. 8.
OLIVIER
Theodore “Ted,” 89, Immaculate Conception, Danville, Feb. 8.
BARNES
Wilma J. Seitnater, 88, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Feb. 9.
BISHOP-HOUSE
Alberta R., 65, St. Ambrose, Erie, Feb. 9.
LYNCH
Tim, 68, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 10.
GOODRUM
J.C. “Jack,” 95, St. Joseph, Yates Center, Feb. 12.

Obituaries, February 5, 2016

GARCIA-MULGADO
Pedro, 63, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Dec. 23.
RETTENMAIER
Edna (Winter) “Edie,” 89, St. Joseph, Andale, Dec. 27.
KECK
Pat, St. Teresa, Hutchinson. Dec. 29.
SMITH
Shelby Kent, 55, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 4.
NJEMANZE-AMUNEKE
Juliet, Holy Savior, Wichita, Jan. 6.
ANDERSON
Gladys M., 90, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Jan. 7.
BUI
Da-Thi, 91, St. Anthony, Wichita, Jan. 7.
EGAN
Francis Patrick, Jr., 86, St. Mary, Derby, Jan. 7.
McVAY
Frances Carol (Levings), 79, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 7.
RAMIREZ
Louis, 93, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 7.
THOMPSON-PYLES
Deborah E., 87, Holy Savior, Wichita, Jan. 7.
WHITSELL
James Dale “Jimmy,” 65, St. John, Clonmel, Jan. 7.
SCHULTE
Dorothy M., 90, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 8.
KELLEY
Mary, 77, All Saints, Wichita, Jan. 9.
MOSES
Doris Jean, 77, St. Francis, St. Paul, Jan. 9.
BREIT
James Warren “Jim,” 75, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 12.
HARRIS
Jo Ann Barr (Schovee), 87, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 12.
STEEN
Laura, 97, St. Jude, Wichita, Jan. 12.
ROMAN
Joseph Anthony, 67, St. Mary, Derby, Jan. 13.
TRUJILLO
Carlos E., Sr., 90, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 13.
ERICKSON
Anita A. (Miller), 70, St. Anne, Wichita, Jan. 14.
STOVER
James Edward, 78, St. Joseph, Andale, Jan. 14.
WATSON
Virginia A., 86, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, Jan. 14.
DOLL
Nathan Lee, 10, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Jan. 15.
WENINGER
John H., M.D., 83, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Jan. 15.
CUNNINGHAM
Sandra H., 78, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Jan. 16.
YBARRA
Mary Marie, 80, St. Michael, Mulvane, Jan. 16.
BLICK
Daniel L., 71, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 17.
NEISES
Florence M. “Dollie,” St. Leo, St. Leo, Jan. 17.
GOSS
Anna Marie “Annie,” 92, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 18.
DENNING
Agatha, 98, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Jan. 19.
FIELDS
Leonard Eugene, 58, Holy Savior, Wichita, Jan. 19.
HOPE
Shirley Kay, 79, St. Patrick, Kingman, Jan. 19.
JASO
Charles James, 68, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Jan. 19.
JOHNSON
Dan Collins, 94, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Jan. 19.
MALONE
Eugene M., M.D., 92, Sacred Heart, Halstead, Jan. 19.
WOLKE
Bernard F., 70, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Jan. 19.
FRITZ
James “Jim,” 67, Holy Savior, Wichita, Jan. 20.
KAPAUN
Helen M. (Libel), 86, St. Mark, St. Mark, Jan. 20.
THOLEN
Alice F., 86, St. John, Iola, Jan. 21.
KRESS
Thomas Clarence, 82, St. Martin, Piqua, Jan. 22.
PETERS
Michael A., 57, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 22.
SCRIPSICK
Lottie V., 79, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Jan. 22.
BELMONT
Joan H., 83, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Jan. 24.
TERRONES
Guadalupe Cardenas “Lupe,” 97, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Jan. 24.
TRAVIS
Aaron Michael “A.T.,” 30, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 24.
BROWN
Everett L., 57, Christ the King, Wichita, Jan. 25.
BURNS
Bernadette M., 92, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Jan. 26.
GETTINGS
Francis P., Jr., “Frank,” 82, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Jan. 26.

Obituaries, January 15, 2016

VanTEIGHEN
Laura M., 83, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Dec. 16.
SCHWEIGER
Peter Joseph, 72, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Dec. 20.
GUMM
Lila L., 94, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Dec. 22.
VAN
Ngo T., 83, St. Anthony, Wichita, Dec. 22.
WIMBER
Margaret E., 94, Christ the King, Wichita, Dec. 22.
BURGARDT
Viola, 88, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Dec. 23.
CANNON
Mary L., 78, St. John, El Dorado, Dec. 24.
SCHMIDT
Ardella, 92, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Dec. 24.
VIETTI
Raymond Eugene, 68, St. John, El Dorado, Dec. 24.
GARIBAY
Anthony “Tony,” 72, Christ the King, Wichita, Dec. 25.
McATEE
Barbara Ann (Nunnink), 76, St. Francis, St. Paul, Dec. 25.
SCHOENHOFER
Sallie, 92, St. James, Augusta, Dec. 25.
HORSCH
Damon Lee, 72, St. Joseph, Andale, Dec. 26.
FARMER
Mary Ann, 90, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 27.
LEIKER
Clarence, 95, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 27.
MORGAN
Grace Chavez, 75, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Dec. 27.
STOCKEMER
Mary (Rau), 78, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 27.
WEST
Loy, 87, St. Martin, Piqua, Dec. 27.
BELT
Lloyd W., Jr., 92, St. Rose, Mt. Vernon, Dec. 30.
BERTRAND
William “Matt,” 38, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, Jan. 1.
PINA
Julia, 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Jan. 1.
POWERS-TORREY
Joan E. (Fisher), 84, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Jan. 1.
SMITH JACOBS
Josephine A. (Neises), 93, St. Jude, Wichita, Jan. 1.
WALKER
Louise M., 88, St. Anne, Wichita, Jan. 1.
CORRIGAN
Vivian A. (Doubrava), 93, All Saints, Wichita, Jan. 2.
LUNA
Martin, 92, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Jan. 2.
TERNES
Michael Lee, 66, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Jan. 2.
WERNER
Curtis S., Sr., 56, St. Paul, Lyons, Jan. 2.
SCHAMLE
Kathryn Darlene, 81, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Jan. 3.
GROCHOWSKY
Jean, St. Mary, Newton, Jan. 4.
MOBLEY
Shawna Kay “Harp,” 56, St. Mark, St. Mark, Jan. 4.
BEER
Martha Mae (Augustine), 84, Christ the King, Wichita, Jan. 5.
GALLO
Gary J., 67, St. Francis, St. Paul, Jan. 7.

Obituaries, January 1, 2016

GRANT
Robert P. “Bob,” 67, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Dec. 9.
LARA
Pedro “Pete,” 86, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, Dec. 9.
ELPERS
Aileen Dorothy, 76, St. Joseph, Ost, Dec. 10.
NEWBERRY
Vincent William, 89, Holy Savior, Wichita, Dec. 10.
BECKER
Virginia Ochs, 93, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 11.
BUTLER
Letha Mae “Pat,” 94, St. Anthony, Wichita, Dec. 11.
BYRNE
Robert F., M.D., 94, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 11.
LANE
Elenora Ann (Landwehr), 92, St. Mark, St. Mark, Dec. 12.
GOETZ
Darlene Deloris “Dee,” 90, St. Patrick, Kingman, Dec. 13.
KELSEY
Florence Marie, 92, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Dec. 13.
DARLAND
Thomas Alan, 51, St. Joseph, Wichita, Dec. 15.
WEBER
John Jerome “Jerry,” 86, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 15.
DIXON
James F., 85, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Dec. 16.
GARST
Bari Ann, 62, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 17.
SUTHERLAND
Thomas Anthony, 55, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Dec. 17.
LAUDICK
Donna Jo, 78, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 18.
REZA-HERNANDEZ
Juan, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita.
CODY
Julia Elizabeth (Lowe), 82, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 20.
HEFFERN
Charles A. “Charlie,” 84, St. John, Iola, Dec. 20.
ALCORN
Jerome Edward, 50, Christ the King, Wichita, Dec. 21.
VANMIDDLESWORTH
Agnes L. “Aggie,” 93, St. Patrick, Parsons, Dec. 22.

Sister Evarista Durler dies Dec. 12 at 99

Sister Evarista Durler, a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 82 years, died Dec. 12, in Wichita. She was 99.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Chapel of the New Covenant with Father Tom Welk presiding. Burial in the community cemetery followed.
Sister was born Aug. 13, 1916, the first child of Engelbert and Stephanie (Habiger) Durler, and baptized Juliana Marie at St. John the Baptist Church in Spearville.
She was taught by Adorers at the parish grade school, which influenced her decision to enter their community in Wichita in December 1931.
She graduated high school from St. John’s Academy in Wichita in 1936, pronounced first vows in August 1933, and final vows five years later. She attended Sacred Heart College (now Newman University) and finished her bachelor’s degree in English in 1948 at Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison. In 1969, she earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
Sister Evarista taught, tutored, or served as principal or paraprofessional in the classroom for 66 years in Kansas and Oklahoma, starting in the Dust Bowl days in 1938 in Marienthal, Kan., and ending in Ness City, Kan., in 2004.
She was one of the last Adorers to teach in the parish schools of the Diocese of Dodge City. She taught every grade in elementary school plus summer Bible school, music, and computers. She is listed in the Teachers’ Who’s Who in 1993.
Sister is survived by her brother, Edward; her sisters Eleanora, Esther, Rosemary and Ruth; many nieces and nephews; cousins, including Sister Margaret Knoeber, ASC; and her ASC community.
Donations in her memory may be made online at Adorers.org or by sending them to Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109.

Obituaries, December 18, 2015

CHIA
Rudolph F. “Rudy,” 84, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 17.
WELLSHEAR
Betty Darlene (Jaynes), 72, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 18.
LEIKER
Edward Lee, 79, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 21.
O’NEILL
Dorothy (Neises) “Dot,” 88, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 22.
ANDRA
Joseph A., 62, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Nov. 23.
RAINWATER
Christie, 39, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 23.
HOFFMAN
Della L. (Glessner) “Dee,” St. James, Augusta.
LIKINS
Minnie Mae Buss Meis, 71, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 24.
PATRY
Francis R. “Dutch,” 91, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Nov. 24.
CHANDLER
Constance S. “Connie,” 65, St. Patrick, Kingman, Nov. 27.
DECHANT
Mary Catherine “Kay,” 69, St. Joseph, McPherson, Nov. 28.
JASSO
Paula, 64, St. Mary, Newton, Nov. 28.
RENFRO
Jeanne, 81, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 28.
GENGLER
Walter Michael “Mike,” 63, St. John, Iola, Nov. 29.
WILKERSON
Jerry Michael, 61, St. Rose, Wellington, Nov. 29.
BERNDSEN
Bernetta M. “Sis,” 90, St. James, Augusta, Nov. 30.
ROBBEN
Roger Alan, 46, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 30.
STICH
Francis G. “Frank,” 87, St. Patrick, Chanute, Nov. 30.
EKRUT
Charles Milton, 66, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Dec. 2.
FRIEND
Frances S. (Raple), 98, All Saints, Wichita, Dec. 2.
HERNANDEZ
Valentine, Jr., “Val,” 65, St. Patrick, Parsons, Dec. 2.
HESS
Lawrence E. “Larry,” 89, St. John, El Dorado, Dec. 2.
MURPHY
Laura Helen “Laurie,” 84, St. Mary, Derby, Dec. 2.
WENDEL
Claudia Kay, 69, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 2.
AYRES
Everett Louis, 89, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Dec. 3.
ORSMAN-KELCH
Mary-Margaret, 92, St. Mary, Derby, Dec. 4.
PHAM
Huynh Tan, 87, St. Anthony, Wichita, Dec. 4.
SAMORA
Geneva Aurora, 91, St. Francis Xavier, Cherryvale, Dec. 4.
TETER
Deanna Kay “Dink,” 56, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 4.
O’KEEFE
Melvin R., 90, St. Mary, Newton, Dec. 5.
HELENA
Wesley Dean, M.D., 57, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichit, Dec. 6.
SIGLEY
Sylvestra B. “Sally,” 89, St. James, Augusta, Dec. 6.
CAYWOOD
Gladys M. “Weeny,” 84, St. Patrick, Parsons, Dec. 7.
PELTZER
Mary Kay (Doherty), 91, St. Joseph, Andale, Dec. 7.
ARMSTRONG
Joyce Mary (Breit), 87, St. Joseph, Wichita, Dec. 8.
TACKETT
Mary May, 71, St. Michael, Mulvane, Dec. 8.
BECKER
Francis John, 92, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Dec. 9.
HOUSER
Gerald, 61, St. Mark, Marion, Dec. 9.
MANTZ
Rita E., 83, Christ the King, Wichita, Dec. 9.

ASC Sister Bernetta, teacher, poet dies Nov. 25 at 99

Sister Bernetta Sigg, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 80 years, died Wednesday, Nov. 25. She was 99.
A wake service was held for her Tuesday evening. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Chapel of the New Covenant with the Rev. Tom Welk presiding. She was buried in the community cemetery.
Sister Bernetta was born Aug. 21, l916, in Ost, Kan, to George and Elizabeth (Seidl) Sigg, one of eight children, and baptized Sybilla. When she was a child, her family, with several other families of the Ost, St. Mary’s, and St. Mark’s, Kan., area, moved to Roggen, Colo., where they laid the groundwork for a parish church and school. Her parents helped displaced and migrant families.
She attended Loretto Heights in Denver for a year and worked at a ranch for two years before joining the Adorers at age 17 in Wichita, in September 1933. She professed her first vows Aug. 7, 1935, and final vows on Aug. 10, 1940.
She graduated high school at St. John’s Academy in Wichita in 1937 and took summer courses at Sacred Heart College (now Newman University), Friends University, and Oklahoma State University. In 1948, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mt. St. Scholastica College in Atchison and in 1954, a master’s degree in English from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Sister Bernetta spent 35 years in the classroom, teaching grades three to 12, and sometimes serving as principal, in Okarche and Canute, Okla., and in Marienthal, Ellinwood, Spearville, Caldwell, Wichita, and Pilsen. She taught English at Sacred Heart College for more than 15 years, and wrote poetry, especially haiku.
She also was communications assistant for the Adorers’ former Wichita Province.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her brothers Conrad, Ernest, Joseph, and Gerald, and her sisters Marie and Angeline, also an Adorer of the Blood of Christ. She is survived by her sister Susan, nieces and nephews, and fellow Adorers.
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, or made online at Adorers.org.

Obituaries, December 4, 2015

SAINT-ERNE
Gladys May, 98, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Sept. 24.
ALFARO
Madeliene Therese, 67, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Nov. 10.
MEIROWSKY
Francis L. “Franny,” 78, St. Patrick, Florence, Nov. 11.
FETROW
Robert Mason, 60, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Nov. 12.
LIMON
Luke Warren, 7 weeks, St. Joseph, Wichita, Nov. 12.
HUEBNER
Robert S., M.D., 73, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Nov. 13.
SHARP
Larry Ross, 76, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 13.
WATTS
Ted Raymond, 72, Mother of God, Oswego, Nov. 13.
WILKINSON
Lucille M. Sauber, 100, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, Nov. 13.
McGEARY
Helen Marcella, 94, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Nov. 14.
STEPANEK
Leah Mae, 92, St. Joseph, Wichita, Nov. 14.
RIDDER
Sharon K., 79, All Saints, Wichita, Nov. 15.
TURNER
Hubert James, 85, Sacred Heart, Chetopa, Nov. 15.
ALEXANDER
Joleen, 73, St. Michael, Mulvane, Nov. 16.
CHIA
Rudolph F. “Rudy,” 84, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 17.
DIONNE
Joseph Phillip, Sr., 77, St. teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 17.
ROBBEN
Harvey Joe, 64, St. Peter, Schulte, Nov. 17.
NUNEMAKER
Mercedes A. “Maggie,” 98, St. Patrick, Kingman, Nov. 18.
SHOGER
Darrel G., 67, St. John, El Dorado, Nov. 18.
GRABER
Jeffrey Lane, 59, Holy Savior, Wichita, Nov. 19.
MOSQUEDA
Antonio R. “Tony,” 63, St. Paul, Lyons, Nov. 20.
LEIKER
Edward Lee, 77, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 21.
LITTLE
Michael J., 70, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 21.
MILLER
Donald E., 86, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Nov. 21.
ROHR
Annette A., 80, All Saints, Wichita, Nov. 22.
SEVART
Loretta “Sis,” 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, Nov. 23.

Fr. James Roth dies Nov. 7 at age 95

Fr. James “Jake” Roth, 95, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 69 years, died Saturday, Nov. 7.
Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber was the main celebrant at Father Roth’s funeral Mass Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Nearly 40 priests of the diocese concelebrated the Mass that included a large number of parishioners from Holy Name Parish in Bushton.
After explaining that Bishop Carl A. Kemme wasn’t able to be in attendance because he was in Rome, Bishop Gerber talked about meeting Fr. Roth 70 years ago when Bishop Gerber was beginning his seminary studies. He told stories about Fr. Roth including how Bushton’s longtime priest would frequently visit Anna, his housekeeper of many decades, when she was in a nursing home.
“I told him several times that he made her a saint,” Bishop Gerber said.
Before talking about how the faithful are called to come into the fullness of God after our mortal lives, Bishop Gerber explained how the tabernacle in the Priest Retirement Center is decorated. An infinite chain is depicted on the tabernacle that is picked up in the chapel’s stained glass windows, he said, adding that the chain is intended to show how the people of God are interconnected.
“Because of stewardship, this link is more vibrant among us, more unified among us,” Bishop Gerber said, closing his homily by adding that we have so much for which to be grateful to God, including Father Roth who had been a gift to all.
Father Roth’s body was transported to Bushton for burial after lunch. A rosary at Holy Name Parish in Bushton was prayed that afternoon, after internment in the parish cemetery.
Fr. Roth was born on Sept. 23, 1920, in Garden City and completed his studies for the priesthood at Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo. He was ordained on June 1, 1946.
He served as an associate pastor the Cathedral before his more than five decades of service to Holy Name Parish in Bushton.
He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, served twice as state chaplain, helped organized the Council of Catholic Women, and also served as a deanery moderator and on the priests’ council before his retirement in 1999.