Sister Mary Immaculate Healy dies Aug. 4

Sister Mary Immaculate Healy, 90, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, died Aug. 4 in Kansas City, Kansas.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wichita Center, 3700 E. Lincoln, in Wichita followed by interment in the convent cemetery. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Aug. 23 in Kansas City.
Mary Teresa was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to Peter John Healy and Mary Flanagan. She was the youngest of three children in the family and the only girl. Upon graduating from Commercial High School in Brooklyn, she worked as secretary to the registrar of the Pratt Institute, an Engineering and Art Institute in Brooklyn.
On Sept. 8, 1949, at the age of 21, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita and was received into the congregation March 20, 1950, and final profession July 26, 1955.
Her education included a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, and her master’s degree in business and hospital administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. At that time she was one of the few women other than Mother Mary Anne McNamara to become a member, then a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.
The ministries in which she worked included business offices at hospitals in Ulysses, Pittsburg, and Halstead in addition to being the business manager at St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita. She was administrator of congregation hospitals in Dodge City, Ponca City, Oklahoma, and vice-president, of Administrative Services, Mercy Hospital, Watertown, New York, where she was responsible for organizing, directing and controlling daily operations and was a consultant and budget analyst for other hospitals during her professional life.
Service to her congregation included six years as a member of the general council of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita. During her later years and she continued her life of service as an accountant for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2001 and semi-retired, she served as the accountant to establish St. Joseph Adoption Ministry in Kansas City.
In addition to members of her religious congregation she is survived by her nieces, Veronica Gittrich and Barbara Mies, many friends and colleagues.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., or the Congregation of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, 3700 E. Lincoln Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, August 17, 2018

VAN DEVENTER
Arlene E., 93, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, July 16.
HOSEY
Joseph T., 88, St. Mary, Derby, July 21.
MARION
Angelina Reyes, 85, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, July 23.
EDWARDS
Patricia (O’Hara), 87, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, July 25.
FREACH
Kristofer, 26, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, July 26.
GINNS
Mary C., 96, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, July 26.
PEREZ
Julio, 18, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 26.
FREE
Dorothy Marie (Schroller) “Dot,” 88, St. Cecilia, Haysville, July 27.
RAMIREZ
Claudia Y., 35, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 27.
CLUPNY
Alan Edward, 58, St. Joseph, Ost, July 28.
DEINES
Leland “Lee,” 77, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, July 28.
GOUVION
Charles E., 76, St. Francis, St. Paul, July 29.
HUNDLEY
Jill Diane, 58, St. Mary, Derby, July 30.
RAMIREZ
Sally Marie (Medina), 71, St. Anthony, Wichita, July 30.
TOWNER
James Richard “Jim,” 79, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, July 30.
PALMER
Evelyn Rose, 87, All Saints, Wichita, July 31.
YOUNG-MACIAS
Katherine Ann “Katie,” 94, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita, Aug. 1.
BRILL
Carol Sue Antonetti, 71, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Aug. 2.
CORNWELL
Larry, 76, St. Mary, Newton, Aug. 2.
MARBLE
Cleo Champ Walker, 98, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 2.
TERRONEZ
Carlos A., 63, St. Anne, Wichita, Aug. 2.
BEALE
Walter, 73, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Aug. 3.
COLEMAN
Clark, Sr., 63, St. Patrick, Wichita, Aug. 3.
CONTRERAS
Andres G., Jr., 61, St. Patrick, Wichita, Aug. 3.
HURLEY
Michael Edward, 43, St. Jude, Wichita, Aug. 4.
BILLY
James W., 91, Catholic Care Center, Wichita, Aug. 5.
KLANGOS
Matthew Ryan, 30, All Saints, Wichita, Aug. 5.
MICHAELIS
Scott E., 50, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Aug. 5.
SMITH
Eric O., 68, St. Joseph, Andale, Aug. 5.
ALONZO
Fred, Sr., 93, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, Aug. 6.
MEADE
Marilyn Joyce, 69, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, Aug. 6.
SHANK
Edward, 77, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Aug. 6.
LOY
Mark, 63, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, Aug. 8.

Obituaries, August 3, 2018

DOCKERS
Eleanor Elizabeth, 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, April 26.
MELCHER
Bro. Phillip K. “Felipe,” 72, St. Peter, Schulte, June 26.
BELL
Judy, Mother of God, Oswego, June 27.
SMITH
Mary E. (Strawn), 84, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, July 11.
DAVIED
Linda D., 52, St. Joseph, Arma, July 13.
CARPENTER
Alfred C. “Sonny,” Christ the King, Wichita, July 14.
CARPENTER
Pauline M., Christ the King, Wichita, July 14.
GOODWIN
Rita J., 88, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 14.
GARCIA
Gloria H., 88, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, July 16.
HERNANDEZ
Manuel A., 88, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, July 18.
SCHMITZ
Nona F., 93, St. Anthony/St. Rose, Wellington, July 18.
TRUMAN
James E., Sr., 86, St. Jude, Wichita, July 18.
DeVASURE
Agnes (Cook), 79, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 19.
HERNANDEZ
Laura L., 68, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 19.
PEDLAR
Paul Robert, 71, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, July 19.
CASTLE
William “Bud,” 80, St. John, Clonmel, July 22.
SHINOGLE
Joseph Paul, 63, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 22.
LITTLE
Frank Guerico, 74, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, July 23.
HOLOUBEK
Peggy J., 77, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, July 24.
WRIGHT
Marcelline A. (Lutz), 82, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, July 24.
Van MIEGHEM
Charles F. “Charlie,” 75, St. Patrick, Parsons, July 26.

Obituaries, July 20, 2018

MONK
Jacquelyn D., 69, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, June 25.
DYE
Morris J., 85, All Saints, Wichita, June 28.
ANTHEM
Kenneth “Gabby,” St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 29.
ATKINSON
Betty “Belia,” 77, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, June 29.
BALES
Christopher John, 27, St. Anthony, Wellington, June 30.
ALBERS
Lucilly “Lucy,” 80, St. Leo, St. Leo, July 1.
ALEXANDER
Patricia Ann, 71, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, July 3.
MARTIN
Elnora Pearl, 91, St. James, Augusta, July 3.
HORTON
Dorothy Marie, 74, Girard, July 4.
OESER
Bernadette M., 95, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, July 5.
STEINER
Edmund, 102, St. John Nepomucene, Pilsen, July 5.
ANDERSON
Karin Kay, 70, St. Anne, Wichita, July 6.
McCAMANT
Elizabeth Ann “Betty,” 84, St. Teresa, Hutchinson, July 6.
FORSHEE
Loretta T., 98, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, July 7.
MOLINA
Jerrie Lynn, 71, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, July 8.
DUNLOP
Carol A., 70, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, July 9.
FANOELE
Mary Kay, 76, St. Bridget, Scammon, July 9.
KLOCK
Edward L., 63, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, July 9.
MITCHELL
Robert, 85, St. Patrick, Wichita, July 10.
SCHOENHOFER
Kenneth R. “Kenny,” 79, St. Patrick, Parsons, July 10.
STROUD
Juanita W., 90, St. Cecilia, Haysville, July 11.

Sister Viola Heichelbech dies July 1 at age 103

Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Viola Heichelbech died Sunday, July 1, at age 103.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday morning, July 6, in Resurrection Chapel, at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, 3700 E. Lincoln in Wichita.
Sister Viola (Agatha Ann) Heichelbech, was born on March 8, 1915, in Wichita, the youngest of four children born to Thomas and Mary Scheidt Heichelbech.
Her education began at St. Anthony Elementary School, and continued at Cathedral High School in Wichita and St. Mary of the Plains Academy in Dodge City. She entered the Congregation of St. Joseph and was received March 19, 1931, with final profession of vows Aug. 15, 1936.
Her early ministries began as a domestic, keeping house for Sister teachers and caring for children at the orphanage in El Dorado. For a few years she also kept house for two bishops, one in Wichita and one in Dodge City.
Her education continued at Fontbonne College in St. Louis where she obtained certification as a dietitian and a Food Service Administrator. Then began many years of service in congregation hospitals in Parsons, Halstead, Winfield, Wichita, Pratt, Ulysses, and Dodge City in Kansas, and Ponca City, Oklahoma.
For two years, because of her mother’s advanced age and deteriorating health Sr. Viola cared for her mother who died just two months shy of her 104th birthday. She then cared for her sister for five years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her niece Viola Mode of Derby, nephew Melvin Butterfield, and a number of grandnieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. or to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Obituaries, July 6, 2018

HUDGINS
Robert A., 90, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 19.
JOHNSON
Kristin M., 37, All Saints, Wichita, June 1.
IRSIK
Rita Marie, 79, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 3.
KASPER
Keith Randall, 62, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 5.
FEESS
Michael J. “Mike,” 54, St. Patrick, Parsons, June 6.
SCHOENHOFER
Verl A., 79, St. Ambrose, Erie, June 6.
MULLEN
Carol Ann, 84, St. Joseph, Arma, June 7.
THOMAS
Cara D. (Welch), 36, St. Cecilia, Haysville, June 7.
BANKSTON
Genevieve Florine “Jenny,” 75, St. Mary, Derby, June 9.
de BAKKER
Jan B., M.D., 93, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 9.
KOESTER
Velma (Nighswonger), 87, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, June 10.
STEPHEN
Luke DeBoise, 39, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, June 10.
PORTER
Harry W., Jr., 85, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, June 11.
THEIS
Margaret Mary (Martin) “Peg,” 54, St. Joseph, Andale, June 11.
WEDMAN
Thomas W., 89, Immaculate Conception, Danville, June 11.
GUNN
Joseph Rock, 39, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 12.
SCHUCKMAN
Virginia (Elpers), 87, St. Peter, Schulte, June 12.
BANKS
L. Scott, 62, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 13.
BUCKMAN
Francis O., Jr., 96, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, June 13.
MOORE
Peggy L., 75, St. James, Augusta, June 13.
JIMENEZ
Tonie, 93, St. Anne, Wichita, June 14.
KEISER
Fred J., 70, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 14.
McLEAN
Ivy A., 84, St. Jude, Wichita, June 15.
BOYLE
Carolyn (Maestas), 81, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 16.
GUTIERREZ
Estella (Diaz), 61, St. Jude, Wichita, June 16.
KRIEGER-SPECHT
Cheryl Ann, 60, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, June 16.
LANGEROT
Margaret J., 91, St. Bridget, Scammon, June 16.
CRANDON
Christine Diann, 50, St. Mary, Derby, June 17.
SEIDEL
Rita Ann, 88, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 17.
VALADEZ
Maria C., 81, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, June 17.
HUEBERT
Greg, 60, Christ the King, Wichita, June 18.
KING
Delores June, 78, St. Peter, Schulte, June 18.
SIGG
Ryan Christopher, 27, St. Joseph, Andale, June 18.
CUNNICK
Charles Clemens “Doc,” 92, St. Joseph, McPherson, June 19.
STUMP
Wilfred W. “Willie,” 87, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 20.
PECK
Samuel Jay, 24, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 21.
DOSCH
Anton M., Sr., “Tony,” 83, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, June 22.
HERMANN
Calvin C., 91, St. Jude, Wichita, June 22.
ROSALES
Maria Concepcion “Connie,” 97, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita, June 21.
BOHM
Candace Lynn McMaster, 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 24.
DYER
Geraldine Vossen (Buser) “Jerry,” 91, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, June 24.
McGREEVY
Rosalia Lynn “Rosie,” 70, Holy Spirit, Goddard, June 26.

Obituaries, June 15, 2018

McGEE
Patrick, 68, St. Mary, Newton, March 13.
ARNOLD
Donna (Hundley) Schroeder, 86, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, May 17.
BAADE
David Edwin, 69, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, May 17.
FRANKS
Lucille (Schiffelbein), 78, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 21.
KESSLER
Margaret R., 97, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 23.
SWANN
Barbara Ann, 83, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 23.
WALLACE
Delbert “Deb,” 82, Holy Name, Winfield, May 23.
WILTSE
Donna I., 79, St. Ignatius, Neodesha, May 23.
DUNCAN
Dr. Lloyd Leon, 91, Holy Name, Winfield, May 25.
BARGAS
Billy Joe, 45, St. Jude, Wichita, May 26.
BURKS
Theresa Marie (Mies), 79, Sacred Heart, Colwich, May 26.
CUMMINGS
Robert, 90, St. Cecilia, Haysville, May 26.
HEENAN
Donald Wayne “Don,” 92, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 26.
KENNEDY
Gerald Thomas, M.D., 82, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, May 26.
MAY
James E. “Jim,” 84, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, May 26.
FLYNN
Thomas Michael “Mike,” 85, St. Patrick, Parsons, May 27.
OLIVIER
Rodney, 86, Immaculate Conception, Danville, May 27.
CROSS
Matthew J., 59, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, May 28.
MADL
Richard L., 73, St. Francis, St. Paul, May 28.
WOLKE
Philip John, Sr., 69, St. Mary, Derby, May 28.
NGUYEN
Chat T., 96, Holy Savior, Wichita, May 29.
SANCHEZ
Kit Paul “Buster,” 67, St. Patrick, Chanute, May 29.
SPEXARTH
Cathryn D. (Blick), 101, Sacred Heart, Colwich, May 30.
COSTLEY
Mary Kathleen (Phillips), 71, Holy Name, Coffeyville, May 31.
GRANO
Frank J., 76, St. Joseph, Arma, May 31.
O’CONNOR
Marlene T., 76, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 31.
MENDOZA
Rebecca, 87, St. Joseph, Humboldt, June 1.
SCHAEFER
Nancy (Malone), 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, June 1.
HEIN
Justin Roman, 84, All Saints, Wichita, June 2.
SCHMIDT
Mary Ann Margaret (Roths), 91, Sacred Heart, Colwich, June 4.
KLEIN
Lawrence Walter “Larry,” 77, St. Mary, Aleppo, June 5.
RODRIGUEZ
Edith M., 92, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, June 5.
TURKOT
Robert “Bob,” 73, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, June 5.
SCHOENHOFER
Verl A., 79, St. Ambrose, Erie, June 6.

Obituaries, June 1, 2018

BAYER
Rose M., 100 St. Jude, Wichita, March 29.
SCHRADER
Margaret R. (Smith), 90, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, April 28.
KLEIN
Mary Louise (Stanley), 79, St. Mark, St. Mark, May 2.
BUNN
Anthony “Tony,” 2, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 6.
FORSTER
Gregory T., 62, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, May 6.
GREENLEAF
Kathryn (Weigand), Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 8.
NOONE
Donna M., 87, St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita, May 9.
ALMANZA
Virginia, 93, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hutchinson, May 12.
SCHULTE
Frank G., Sr., 88, St. Joseph, Wichita, May 12.
GUMM
Clifford Vance, 70, Christ the King, Wichita, May 13.
HANSARD
Eunice “Marcella,” 70, Christ the King, Wichita, May 13.
RAMBO
William R., “Bill,” 72, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 13.
TEJANO
Victor B., 40, St. Mary, Newton, May 13.
ARMSTRONG
Thomas Joseph “T.J.,” 93, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 14.
ESCARENO
Moetta L., 86, Sacred Heart, Eureka, May 16.
GODDARD
Carol Ann, 73, Frontenac, May 16.
HOSFORD
Deril, 72, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 16.
RHUEMS
Helena Ella (Wettstein), 85, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, May 16.
PAINE
George Medley, Jr., 85, Sacred Heart, Caney, May 17.
BUSER
William T. “Bill,” 74, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 18.
KRUSE
Ann Elizabeth, 85, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, May 18.
SEIDL
Hugo Francis, 79, St. Anthony, Garden Plain, May 19.
DELAMORE
James Carl “J.C.,” 13, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, May 20.
VO
Minh, 51, St. Anthony, Wichita, May 21.
OSTMEYER
Jean (Geraldine), 78, Holy Cross, Hutchinson, May 22.
STEFFES
Senator Don, 88, St. Joseph, McPherson, May 24.

Sr. Charlene Huffington dies on May 6 at 93

Taught, ministered for a half-century in Japan
Sister Charlene (Marcella) Huffington, 93, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita, died Sunday, May 6, in Marian Hall in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, May 9, in Mt. St. Mary’s Convent Resurrection Chapel.
She was born on March 21, 1925, in Wichita, the fifth daughter of Teresa C. Smith and Charles R. Huffington. Her four older sisters, Thelma, Edna, Frances and Charlotte and younger brother Robert preceded her in death. She is survived by 17 nieces and nephews.
Sister Charlene grew up on the family farm, first near Maize, then later moving to Schulte where her early education was at St. Peter Catholic School, followed by high school at the Cathedral High School in Wichita. After graduating from high school, she entered Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in September 1944 and was perpetually professed in 1950.
Sister Charlene prepared for her teaching career at Sacred Heart Junior College in Wichita, Creighton University, and Notre Dame. She then taught in parish schools in the dioceses of Wichita and Dodge City.
In 1952, after volunteering as a missionary to Japan, she spent the first two years in Japan attending language school and the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Except for four years when she returned to the U.S. to teach or enjoy some home visits, she spent over 50 years in Japan teaching children in Waifu and the St. Joseph Hospital for Handicapped in Kyoto. For a time her work also included being the Regional Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Japan.
In 2008 she returned from Japan and made her home at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita. She busied herself with volunteer activities until her deteriorating health no longer permitted her to do so.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc., or the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita KS 67218.

Obituaries, May 18, 2018

SURVIL
Georgene M. Castelli, 84, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, March 17.
BABCOCK
Mary C., 99, St. Patrick, Parsons, March 21.
REMBLESKE
Marjorie Helen, 96, formerly of Wichita, March 21.
MEITNER
Gregory Garrett “Greg,” 73, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita, April 24.
DICK
Danielle (Gorges), 32, St. John, Clonmel, April 25.
HUHNKE
Roger Mathew, 81, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 25.
DOCKERS
Eleanor Elizabeth, 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Andover, April 26.
SCHAEFER
Sylvester Frank “Ches,” 85, St. Jude, Wichita, April 26.
PENNER
Eileen, 88, Sacred Heart, Halstead, April 27.
WILSON
John R. “Jack,” 84, St. Joseph, Arma, April 27.
BUCHE
Carolyn Merle, 83, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg, April 28.
GORGES
Delmer C., 83, St. John, Clonmel, April 28.
MARTINEZ
Maria S., 89, St. Patrick, Parsons, April 28.
POLCZINSKI
Alfred R., 89, St. Margaret Mary, Wichita, April 29.
RUANE
Thomas M., 94, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita, April 29.
SCHILD
Carolyn Kay, 74, St. James, Augusta, April 30.
GENGLER
Matthew Michael, 40, St. John, Iola, May 1.
RIEDEL
Robert E., 81, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita, May 1.
CERNE
Kathleen Marie, 58, Sacred Heart, Frontenac, May 5.
HOELSCHER
Esther Marie, 84, St. Mary, Newton, May 5.
SIMON
Edwin H., 80, St. Leo, St. Leo, May 6.
GREENLEAF
Kathryn, 83, Blessed Sacrament, Wichita, May 8.
METCALF
Randy Carl, 61, St. Anthony, Wichita, May 8.
WALKER
Mary “Cathy,” 76, St. Michael, Mulvane, May 8.