Obituaries, March 15, 2019

MORALES
Pedro, 67, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Feb. 15.
BECKER
Willella Sue (Boltjes), 82, All Saints, Wichita, Feb. 16.
HAWKINS
Andrew Christopher, 24, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Feb. 16.
PHAN
Nhan Thanh, 64, All Saints, Wichita, Feb. 19.
RUNNEBAUM
Jerald L., 53, Sacred Heart, Halstead, Feb. 19.
CHRISTIANSEN
Anna M., 75, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Feb. 20.
DIAL
Joanne (Grant) “Red,” 91, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Feb. 20.
MAI
Lan-Vi Thi, 44, All Saints, Wichita, Feb. 20.
DOMINGUEZ
Jesus Jaso “Jesse,” 81, St. Paul, Lyons, Feb. 21.
ORTIZ
Esther, 94, St. Patrick, Chanute, Feb. 21.
ALONZO
Michael “Mike,” 91, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Feb. 22.
ALBRIGHT
JoAnn Marie, 83, St. James, Augusta, Feb. 23.
RAMSEY
Charles “Chuck,” 80, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 23.
FIEDLER
Annette D., 58, St. Joseph, McPherson, Feb. 26.
ORTEGA
Hector Ivan, 27, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Feb. 26.
MOLITOR
Janet A. “Jan,” 77, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Feb. 28.
ZINK
Virgil L., 80, Holy Name, Bushton, Feb. 28.
BLUBAUGH
Helen, 91, Immaculate Conception, Danville, March 1.
ORTH
Linda Sue Ward, 72, St. Patrick, Chanute, March 1.
KEHR
Pauline Marie (Ewertz), 92, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, March 2.
NIEMANN
Helen, 88, St. Patrick, Harper, March 2.
STEPHENSON
Edward Francis “Bud,” 89, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, March 2.
GARNICA
Victor J., Sr., 81, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, March 2.
CIZERLE
Joe S., 87, St. Joseph, Arma, March 5.

Obituaries, March 1, 2019

CARR
Kathryn Jean, 97, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Feb. 4.
FELD
Donald E., 64, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 6.
HAUGSNESS
Milton Charles, 83, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Feb. 6.
KASTOR
Frank S., 85, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Feb. 6.
WELLS
Bernardine Philomena (Martin), 88, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Feb. 6.
WOODWARD
Parick C., 79, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Feb. 6.
KANNARR
Payton Nicole, 17, Oour Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Feb. 7.
RICKE
Lucille Kathryn (Ternes), 98, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Feb. 8.
RUSSELL
Thelma DuVal “Mary,” 97, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 8.
FLAX
Barbara Jean Garvey, 63, St. John, Clonmel, Feb. 9.
FLORES
Ernesto, 26, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Feb. 9.
ROSENHAMER
Jeanne Marie, 55, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 9.
ALEMAN
Luis Rey, 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Feb. 10.
BECKER
Matthew James, 36, Sacred Heart, Cunningham, Feb. 10.
KUCHAREK-BAUER
Michaelene (Micki), 67, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, Feb. 10.
MORFORD
Beverly Jane, 78, Holy Cross, Hutchison, Feb. 11.
PECKHAM
Chetty Ann (Brown), 75, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Feb. 11.
GOEBEL
Janet O., 86, Christ the King, Wichita, Feb. 12.
HIGHLAND
Clara, 101, St. Joseph, Wichita, Feb. 12.
HULL
Mary Pat, 72, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Feb. 12.
PAROLO
John U., 94, St. Joseph, Arma, Feb. 12.
RIORDAN
Alice M., 95, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 12.
TIMOTHY
Emima Catherine, 23, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Feb. 12.
ROTHENBERGER
David Michael, 76, Christ the King, Wichita, Feb. 13.
BOLIN
Dolores A., 81, St. Mark, St. Mark, Feb. 14.
CRAWFORD
Bobby Ray, Sr., “Bob,” 85, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, Feb. 15.
GLASS
James, Jr., “Jim,” 74, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Feb. 15.
HUNTER
Ludwic James “Jim,” 76, St. Mary, Derby, Feb. 15.
WISS
Robert D., 68, St. Mark, St. Mark, Feb. 15.
GLEESON
William M., “Bill,” 86, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Feb. 16.
HEIMANN
William, 71, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 16.
ROSNER
Barbara J., 86, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 16.
BRAMAN
Mason Francis, 76, Sacred Heart, Eureka, Feb. 17.
McCABE
Edward A. “Pap,” 84, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Feb. 17.
OPLOTNIK
Frank E., 77, St. Francis, St. Paul, Feb. 17.
REMPE
James Edward “Jim,” 79, St. Joseph, McPherson, Feb. 18.
SKOLAUT
Paul Leroy, 89, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Feb. 18.
BLICK
Walburga “Wally,” 106, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Feb. 19.
SCHMEIDLER
Norbert Joseph, Jr., 80, St. Anne, Wichita, Feb. 19.
LIMONES
Linda M., 90, St. Paul, Lyons, Feb. 20.
WAPLE
Teresa K., 88, St. Mary, Derby, Feb. 20.
WILBERT
Joan Eunice, 88, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Feb. 20.

Obituaries, February 15, 2019

SPICER
Judson F., 97, All Saints, Wichita, Jan. 18.
FINK
Patricia Jane “Pat,” 85, St. Paul, Lyons, Jan. 24.
KLINKON
Helen D., 101, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Jan. 24.
ORTH
Ethel M., 80, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 24.
SANFORD
Janet A., 72, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 24.
PISAR
Farrell “Flip,” 87, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Jan. 25.
ECK
Cheryl “Cheri,” 68, St. Joseph, McPherson, Jan. 27.
SCHLAGOWSKY
Rita Ellen, St. Mary, Newton, Jan. 27.
YANEZ
Vincent, Sr., 91, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 27.
VALDEZ
Daniel, 34, St. Patrick, Wichita, Jan. 28.
WESTHOFF
Roger William, 78, St. Michael, Girard, Jan. 28.
MARTIN
Sylvester M., 81, St. Joseph, Andale, Jan. 29.
BRUNGARDT
Rita M., 93, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Jan. 30.
LINNEBUR
Wayne Joseph, 89, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Jan. 30.
GRANT
Shari L. (Mrs. Hugh William), 66, St. Mary, Newton, Jan. 31.
LEDDY
Lotus M. (McIntyre), 83, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Jan. 31.
LERITZ
William “Bill,” 64, St. James, Augusta, Jan. 31.
SWART
N. Maxine, 79, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Jan. 31.
CUSSIMANIO
Hazel Lou, 97, St. Michael, Girard, Feb. 2.
CUNNINGHAM
Montgomery Keith “Monty,” 61, St. Peter, Schulte, Feb. 3.
KENNEDY
Doris Jean (Davied), 74, Sacred Heart, Fredonia, Feb. 3.
REINECKE
Gilbert E., Jr., Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Feb. 3.
LIEBL
Chad Nicholas, 45, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Feb. 4.
GOMBKOTO
Melba R., 100, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Feb. 6.

Obituaries, February 1, 2019

RICHARDSON
Mark S., 69, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 24.
CABRAL
Jeffery Jay, 66, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 4.
BLANTON
Aaron Christian, 45, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 5.
PATRY
Mark Thomas, 67, St. Joseph, Andale, Jan. 9.
RIDDER
William J. “Bill,” St. James, Augusta, Jan. 10.
BAYS
Betty Lou, 83, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Jan. 11.
CABRAL
Paul P., 80, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Jan. 11.
McKOWN
G. Isabel, 99, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Jan. 11.
RICKER
Ethel Marie, 94, St. John, Zenda, Jan. 11.
DOWNING
Robert D. “Bob,” 82, Sacred Heart, Anthony, Jan. 12.
GIROUX
Anne E., 84, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 12.
LANGE
Ivan Donald, 81, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Jan. 12.
CARWILE
Madeline Catherine, 96, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 13.
MAIZE
Shannon M., 48, St. Peter, Schulte, Jan. 13.
McCRAY
Sheila P., 57, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Jan. 13.
NAYLOR
Chris Anthony “Digger,” 65, Scammon, Jan. 13.
PAYNE
Nora, 88, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Jan. 13.
WOLF
Jack D., 84, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Jan. 13.
HECK
Robbi, 67, Chapel at the Adorers of the Blood of Christ Convent, Wichita.
SCHENK
Leonard Christopher, 101, Sacred Heart, Eureka, Jan. 14.
BEBAK
Donald M., M.D., 86, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 15.
BURNS
James Edwin, 68, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Jan. 15.
HUNT
Alice Irene, 87, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 15.
SMITH
James A. “Jim,” 73, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 15.
SPONSEL
Arleen F. (Winderlin), 86, St. Peter, Schulte, Jan. 15.
MANN
Mark Ury, 62, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Jan. 16.
FUNKE
Gary Thomas, 64, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Jan. 17.
SCHILL
Jerry T., 74, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 19.
GUOLADDLE
Nellie Ann “Babalou,” 66, Christ the King, Wichita, Jan. 20.
ORTH
Ethel M., 80, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 20.
RODRIGUEZ
Pedro, 79, All Saints, Wichita, Jan. 20.
HEENAN
Ada Marie (Kennedy), 89, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 21.
ROHLMAN
William L. “Bill,” 70, St. Patrick, Kingman, Jan. 21.
WASS
Charles James “CJ,” 62, St. Patrick, Parsons, Jan. 21.
SCHAUF
Cletus, 61, Sacred Heart, Colwich, Jan. 22.
GLICK
Isabelle, 102, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Jan. 23.

Obituaries, January 18, 2019

HIDALGO
Juan Dario, 74, St. Patrick, Chanute, Sept. 11.
BADKE
W. John, 59, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Dec. 11.
STAHL
Leo Adrian, 59, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Dec. 11.
RIOS
B. Richard, 86, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 12.
CSENDES
Zoltan Michael, 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Dec. 13.
HERRMAN
Marie, 98, St. Joseph, Ost, Dec. 13.
McATEE
Floyd Eugene “Gene,” 83, St. Patrick, Parsons, Dec. 13.
RODRIGUEZ
Marsha Darlene (Swafford), 69, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Dec. 13.
JOHNSON/WATTELET
Joann M., 84, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Dec. 14.
WINTER
Bernice J., 67, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 14.
HUERTER
Anna Bernadette, 86, St. Patrick, Chanute, Dec. 15.
NAVRAT
Harriett Janet (Krasuski), 84, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 15.
McNEILL
Dolores Ann Grochowsky “Ma,” 87, St. Mary, Newton, Dec. 16.
BAKER
Terry, 62, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 18.
GREER
Dian Bernadine, 66, St. Patrick, Chanute, Dec. 18.
THEIS
James L. “J.T.,” 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Dec. 18.
SCHEVE
Alice Loretta (Lincoln) “Sue,” 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Dec. 19.
MERTENS
John A., 80, St. Peter, Willowdale, Dec. 20.
PFINGSTEN
Eddie Mardel, 79, St. Michael, Mulvane, Dec. 20.
BUSSEY
Mary, 70, St. Peter, Schulte, Dec. 21.
GONZALEZ
Jose “Koda,” 95, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Dec. 21.
HOWELL
John D., 84, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Dec. 21.
GREVE
George Milton, Jr., 87, St. Patrick, Chanute, Dec. 23.
HULLINGS
Dorothy J., 92, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 23.
ARENSDORF
Ja’net E., 71, St. Patrick, Kingman, Dec. 24.
GODFREY
Betty Jean, 85, St. Paul, Lyons, Dec. 25.
MILLER
Florene Ann (Huslig), 88, Lumen Christi Chapel, Via Chrisi Village, Wichita, Dec. 25.
SMITH
Patricia, 75, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 26.
TJADEN
Marty T. (Medina), 66, St. John, Clonmel, Dec. 26.
KIRNER
Cecile Mae, 80, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Dec. 27.
ROONEY
James G., 63, St. Anne, Wichita, Dec. 27.
SMITH
Rosa Lee Love, 92, Christ the King, Wichita, Dec. 27.
INGLE
Joleen A. (Commerford), 74, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Dec. 28.
ASSMANN
Sandra “Sandy,” St. Peter, Schulte, Dec. 29.
BURGARDT
Theona, 87, All Saints, Wichita, Dec. 29.
HONIER
Kurt D., 49, St. Patrick, Wichita, Dec. 29.
LAKEY
Clemith L., St. Joseph, Arma, Dec. 29.
POMATTO
Peter Joseph “Pete,” 70, St. Bridget, Scammon, Dec. 29.
WILSON
Mary Lou, 93, St. Peter Claver, Wichita, Dec. 29.
BOGER
LaVerna Ann, 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Dec. 30.
RODRIGUEZ
Angela R., 58, Holy Savior/St. Peter Claver, Wichita, Dec. 30.
MYERS
Geri, 83, St. John, Iola, Dec. 31.
SIMON
Gilbert Joseph, 84, St. Joseph, Andale, Jan. 1.
NACCARATO
Timothy J., 67, Frontenac, Jan. 1.
WELLS
Elizabeth “Sue,” St. Anthony, Wichita, Jan. 1.
BLENCOE
Robert William, 80, St. Mary, Derby, Jan. 2.
DONOVAN
Patricia Ann, 83, St. Anne, Wichita, Jan. 2.
BRIBIESCA
Jesse M., Sr., 80, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 3.
ROBINSON
Darlene, 76, St. Patrick, Kingman, Jan. 3.
DAHLSTROM
Norman Herbert, 87, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Jan. 4.
DOLECHEK
Diane, 59, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Jan. 4.
LEWIS
Rosemary, 91, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Jan. 4.
McCLELLAN
Ninfa, 93, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 4.
WHETSTONE
Florence T., 98, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Jan. 4.
GULICK
James Lee, Sr., “Jim,” 80, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 5.
KOERT
Janet Irene, 84, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Jan. 5.
POSCH
Joyce Irene, 97, St. Joseph, Wichita, Jan. 5.
SANCHEZ
Gregory Allen, 63, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, Jan. 5.
RAIGOSA
Josephine L. “Jo,” 85, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Jan. 6.
CHUBB
Richard M., M.D., MPH, 89, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Jan. 8.
O’MALLEY
Collette Nolan, 87, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Jan. 8.
ROBERTS
Betty L., 83, St. Francis, St. Paul, Jan. 8.
RIGGS
Clayton L., 89, St. Andrew, Independence, Jan. 11.

Sr. Rose Helen Burger dies Dec. 22 in Wichita

Sister Rose Helen Burger, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph for 72 years, died Dec. 22. She was 88.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Dec. 27, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
Margaret Helen was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Kansas City, Kansas, the sixth of 14 children born to Julius Anthony and Mary Elizabeth Haines Burger.
Sister Rose Helen received her elementary education at St. Thomas the Apostle School and the first three years of her secondary education at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas.
In 1946 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita where she finished high school. After taking a Normal Training course, she received an Elementary Teacher Certificate in June of 1947.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1959 and a master’s in education from Notre Dame University in 1965 while continuing to teach for a total of 42 years. In the summer of 1967 she took a nurse aide course and worked about 10 summers as a nurse aide at Marian Hall, a retirement home for the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Upon retiring from teaching in 1992, she earned an Activity Leader Certificate and was activity director at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California, for many years. Upon returning to Wichita she served as an assistant to the activity director at Marian Hall until a recent illness claimed her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents Dr. Julius and Mary Burger, five brothers the Rev. Robert Burger, Dr. Paul Burger, Joe, Charles, and the Rev. Richard Burger, and a sister, Sister Julius Marie.
She is survived by two brothers, the Rev. Raymond Burger and the Rev. Frank Burger and by five sisters, Sister Ann Catherine, Elizabeth Marie, Carol Nachbar Morgan (Gary Morgan), Sister Joan Marie, Angela, all her religious sisters in the Congregation of Saint Joseph, and many nieces and nephews. Memorials in her honor may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries.

Obituaries, December 21, 2018

STUEVER
John J. “Joe” Stuever, 89, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 20.
RAYA
Benito Juarez “Benny,” 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Nov. 22.
COFER
Cal Werner, 61, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, Nov. 27.
KIMPLER
Dorothy Caroline, 91, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Nov. 27.
GILMORE
Cheryl Jean, 71, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Nov. 29.
RAMOS
Lawrence V. “Larry,” 91, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Nov. 29.
SERRA
Betty L., 95, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Nov. 29.
TEARNEY
John Henry, 87, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 29.
DENNISON
Thomas J., 73, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, Nov. 30.
BECKER
Jerome A. “Sonny,” 88, Sacred Heart, Cunningham, Dec. 1.
EPLEY
Jeffrey A., 45, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 1.
MATTAL
Susan Cecilia, 75, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City, Dec. 1.
WEISS
Rick Emery, 65, Immaculate Conception, Danville, Dec. 2.
GARDNER
Audrey Bonita, 41, St. Joseph, Arma, Dec. 3.
McCAFFERTY
Viola, 95, All Saints, Wichita, Dec. 3.
ARPIN
Robert L. “Bob,” 82, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 4.
SANCHEZ
Phyllis Jean (Puetz), 90, St. Joseph, Andale, Dec. 4.
KOZAN
Thelma F., 86, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Dec. 5.
OWEN
Raleigh “Harold,” 74, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Dec. 8.
DAWSON
Sherry May, 63, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Dec. 9.
RAPLE
Joseph F., 99, St. Joseph, Andale, Dec. 9.
SHERWOOD
Joan Karolyn (Sargent), 84, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Dec. 9.
FERDERER
Mildred M., 98, St. Anthony, Wichita, Dec. 10.
ZELLER
Thomas Eugene “Tom,” 78, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, Dec. 10.
POWELL
Helen G., 88, St. Joseph, Wichita, Dec. 11.
WATSON
Gary Willard, 73, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Dec. 11.

Sister Patricia M. Brandner dies Nov. 24 in Wichita at 91

Sister Pat worked in the New Orleans area
Sister Patricia M. Brandner, 91, a Sister of St. Joseph for 74 years, died Nov. 24 at Mount St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the convent.
Sister Patricia was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 5, 1927, to William S. Brandner and Norma Marie Schaeffer Brandner. Upon graduation from high school she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans on Sept. 8, 1944, professing first vows March 20, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.
Sister’s preparation for teaching and school administration included a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in education, and certification in guidance and administration from Xavier University in New Orleans. She taught or was administrator of parish schools in the Diocese of New Orleans and Baton Rouge from the late 1940s until 2002, when she resided in Baton Rouge doing community service work.
Sister Pat’s retirement began at Hundred Oaks in Baton Rouge in 2009 while doing community service. She lived at the Wichita Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph from 2013 until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother William S. Brandner. In addition to members of her religious congregation, she is survived by numerous nephews, nieces and their families.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries or the Retirement Fund for the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, December 7, 2018

SMITH
Danguole Sophie, 85, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Nov. 7.
SNELL
Catherine Ann (Briski), Holy Name, Winfield, Nov. 7.
HALLACY
Thomas M., 82, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Nov. 8.
BRUNETTI
Pauline F., 90, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, Nov. 9.
SVOBODA
Mary L., 77, St. John Neponucene, Pilsen, Nov. 16.
WALLS
Glenda M. (Schulte), 65, Christ the King, Wichita, Nov. 9.
GILMORE
Daniel Albert, 93, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Nov. 10.
FLEMING
Betty Marie, 88, St. Patrick, Chanute, Nov. 11.
HILL
Mary Jane, 86, Christ the King, Wichita, Nov. 11.
STRATE
Karen (Erker), 71, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Nov. 11.
ZINK
Margie, 78, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 11.
GONZALES
Rita, 83, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Nov. 12.
BAALMAN
Alan E., 70, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, Wichita, Nov. 13.
ORTH
Carol Sue (Pelzer), 70, St. Joseph, Andale, Nov. 13.
RICHUBER
Conner Jason, 17, St. Peter, Schulte, Nov. 13.
SPIES
Ruth Eileen, 88, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, Nov. 14.
GAULDING
Randy, 63, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, Nov. 16.
LOEFFLER
Dr. James A., 82, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 16.
FORBES
Nancy C. (Heck), 70, St. Patrick, Parsons, Nov. 17.
FREUND
Irene C. “Sis,” 94, St. Joseph, Andale, Nov. 17.
VEASEY
Lupe, 87, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 17.
STICH
Patricia Ann “Pat,” 89, St. Patrick, Chanute, Nov. 17.
BORST
Jacobus “Jake,” 87, Sacred Heart, Eureka, Nov. 18.
CORDELL
Jo Lynn, 57, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 18.
JOWERS
Francis “Sonny,” St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 18.
RIDDER
Jerome “Jerry,” 78, Holy Spirit, Goddard, Nov. 18.
MARTINEZ
Antonia “Tonie,” 92, St. Joseph, McPherson, Nov. 19.
WOOD
Rita E. (Hoag), 87, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Nov. 19.
ROBELLO
Duwayne, 50, St. Cecilia, Haysville, Nov. 20.
STEUVER
John J. “Joe,” 89, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 20.
SCOTT
Joan Cecelia, 84, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Nov. 21.
STRUNK
Ruth, 70, St. Mark, St. Mark, Nov. 23.
KANUTE
Wayne C., 61, St. Michael, Girard, Nov. 24.
KLEIN
R. Lorene, 88, St. Anne, Wichita, Nov. 24.
ORNELAS
Frank, 89, St. Patrick, Wichita, Nov. 24.
OTTER
Kevin John, 54, St. Joseph, McPherson, Nov. 24.
REIDA
M. Doreen, 81, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, Nov. 24.
ABOU-FAYSSAL
Semaan, 88, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Nov. 25.
VILLA
Barbara A., 75, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, Nov. 25.
DECKARD
Frances Ann, 91, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Nov. 26.
DISKIN
Patrick T. “Pat,” 94, St. Francis, St. Paul, Nov. 26.
MARTINEZ
Manuela, 91, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Nov. 26.
SMARSH
Lavern, 86, St. Mark, St. Mark, Nov. 27.
GORGES
Donald Paul, 62, St. Joseph, Andale, Nov. 28.
CALDWELL
Norma Lee, 93, St. Ambrose, Erie.

Sister Veronice Born dies Nov. 30 in Wichita

Sister Veronice Born, 87, died Friday, Nov. 30, in Marian Hall at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, Wichita.
A Mass of Christian burial will celebrated Friday, Dec. 7, in Resurrection Chapel at the convent.
Christina Mae Born was born Jan. 15, 1931, the seventh of 11 children to John Philip Born and Anna Frances Paulie in Parsons. She attended schools in nearby St. Paul.
She entered the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita and received the habit on Aug. 15, 1946, professing first vows on July 29, 1945, and final vows on July 26, 1952.
After receiving a Normal Training Certificate, her teaching ministry began with kindergarten and lower elementary grades. She then acquired a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City.
Her interest in special needs children began when Bishop Mark K. Carroll asked for someone to be trained in special education. She then acquired a master’s degree in special education from St. Louis University.
Sister Veronice began the first special education class in Wichita in one classroom at St. Anthony’s School for two years, ultimately expanding space and staff to the Cathedral School. Eventually the program outgrew that space so the program was moved to the former Christian Academy and renamed Holy Family Center.
The program also developed into helping parishes make their buildings and services accessible to all, the elderly as well as those with special needs. During this time she was also on the General Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was instrumental in the process of merging the CSJ Health System with St. Francis Hospital and the Health System of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.
From 1992 to 2000, she was elected and served eight years as president of the Congregation of St. Joseph. After leaving office she moved to Dodge City, Kansas assisting Bishop Ronald Gilmore with diocesan activities.
In 2014 until present, she moved to Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, continuing her ministry to others though the prayer apostolate. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul, Harold, Donald, John H., sisters Loraine Cox, and Rosemary Duran. In addition to her Sisters in her Congregation, survivors include her brothers Alban Born (Janice), William Born (Patricia), sister-in-law Jolene Born and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph or to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.
Here is a detailed description of Sister Veronice’s contributions to the church.
• 1960 – Bishop Mark Carroll requested the help of the Sisters of St. Joseph in starting a school for children with developmental disabilities. Sister Veronice Born was chosen as the school’s director. To prepare for working with students with disabilities, Sister Veronice spent the summer at St. Coletta Residential School for students with disabilities in Madison, Wisconsin. On October 10, 1960, in a classroom offered by St. Anthony Parish, 5 students arrived for the first day of school. By the end of the term, 12 students between the ages of 6 and 10 were enrolled. Sister Veronice was the only teacher.
• 1962 – At the invitation of Msgr. Thomas Glynn, Rector of the Cathedral, the program was moved to the Cathedral grounds, where the Chancery now stands. The program was named St. Mary’s Special School.
• 1963 – Sister Catherine Switlik, CSJ, joined the effort, and a second classroom was added for an enrollment of 22 students. Dedicated volunteers helped the school cope when the numbers jumped to 36 students that school year.
• 1965 – The growing needs of the bustling school were met when the Diocese purchased a building on Maize Road. Following the renovation of the building, the program, renamed the Holy Family Center, was dedicated on August 29, 1965, by Bishop Leo Byrne. Classes began in September of that year with 71 students ranging in age from 6 to 17. The staff was increased to meet the students’ needs. During this time of increasing enrollment, the staff encouraged and supported each other. The Knights of Columbus came to the aid of the Center’s many needs. They operated bingo in the gym, sold Tootsie Rolls, peddled Christmas trees and sponsored dinners, all to help keep the Center operating.
• 1968 – The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation sponsored the first International Special Olympics Games in Chicago. Six students from Holy Family Center participated. They were accompanied by Sister Veronice and Bob Powers, the physical education instructor.
• 1969 – Father Eugene Gerber served as Chaplain of Holy Family Center and was a valued member of the governing board. During his time on the board, a Memorial Shrine was established to remember deceased members of family and friends. To this day, a Mass in their memory is offered monthly.
• 1970 – Father Ronald Gilmore joined Sister Veronice to help her address the many complicated challenges facing the Holy Family Center as it grew. Contracts were drawn up between Holy Family Center, public school districts and special education cooperatives to accept students with more severe behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. The Center was licensed as a Day Hospital Treatment Center, making it the only organization in Kansas with dual certification. Enrollment continued to increase and services were added, such as a Medical Director and Behavioral Psychologists, who provided treatment in the school environment which was comfortable and familiar to the students. Speech, music, art, recreational, and physical education therapists were also added. In addition to all these services, Bible studies, days of retreat, and a residential summer camp were established. A ministry with the blind and visually impaired was initiated, along with a ministry with the deaf and hard of hearing. The ministry with the deaf was blessed in 1991 with a signing priest, Father Ken VanHaverbeke, who continues to serve the spiritual needs of the deaf community to the present day.
• 1985 – In the midst of all these changes, Holy Family Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary. During this year, special education services began to change in the state. New laws required that children with disabilities be served by the public school systems. The Catholic identity of Holy Family Center raised questions and problems for the contracting state agencies. Eventually, the staff was informed that all religious symbols had to be removed and no form of religion could be taught. Bishop Gerber, Father Gilmore, Sister Veronice and board members decided this was unacceptable. The very difficult decision was made to close the program. The staff worked with the parents and the schools to make sure every child had a place to go in the fall of the next school year. This was a very trying time for everyone.
• 1986 – Holy Family Center formally closed in the spring of 1986. Bishop Gerber wanted the work with persons with disabilities to continue. He requested the development of a Diocesan Ministry to work with parishes and their pastors to insure their churches and services were accessible for everyone, including the elderly and those persons with special needs. The Ministry with Persons with Disabilities was initiated, with Sister Veronice serving as the Ministry’s first director. The Ministry continues on to this day.
• 2003 – The Holy Family Special Needs Foundation was established. Funds from the Holy Family Center were transferred to the Foundation for two purposes:
• Inclusion Grants to Catholic Schools – Using a grant process, the Foundation awards dollars to Catholic schools to assist with the cost of special education teachers, paraprofessionals, tutors and resources in order for them to educate children with disabilities alongside their peers.
• Ministry with Persons with Disabilities – The Foundation funds the work of this ministry. The mission of the ministry is to help each parish keep all parishioners actively involved in parish life regardless of type, severity or age of onset of a disability.
• 2013 – The Memorial Shrine was placed in storage in 2003. The new Holy Family Memorial was blessed by Father John Lanzrath on April 7, 2013.