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Sister Marie Poland: Nurse and Children’s Advocate Dies at 70

Sister Marie Ann Poland, ASC died after a long illness on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Adorers’ Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill.

She was 70 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 17 years.

She was born March 16, 1947 in Philadelphia, the middle child of Catherine (Krach) and John Herman Poland. She entered the former Columbia Province of the Adorers on June 22, 1997, took first vows on June 10, 2000, and professed final vows on Nov. 6, 2004.

Before entering the Adorers as a 50-year-old,

Adorer with a Heart for Children Dies

Sister Valeria Cisneros, ASC died Wednesday, July 5, 2017. She was 95 and had spent nearly 78 years as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

Sister Valeria was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Clovis, N.M., one of seven children born to Arnold and Victoria (Trustensky) Cisneros, and named Clara. Her mother died when Clara was 3 ½ years old, and her father, a train engine repairer and musician, remarried. Her stepmother, Maria Ateaga, nicknamed “Cuca,” taught the family Spanish. She and Arnold had two children.

Valeria attended elementary school in Waynoka,

Former Teacher, Musician Dies at 101

GunzelmanV (1)Sister Verena Gunzelman, ASC died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Wichita Center. She was 101 years old and had lived 83 years as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ. She was born and baptized in Aleppo, Kan. Her parents Peter and Mary (Betzen) Gunzelman later moved the family to Garden Plain, Kan.

Verena’s love for music was encouraged by her father who bought her a piano and arranged for lessons when she was only in fifth grade.

She entered the ASC community in 1931, at the age of 16,

Educator, Researcher, Leader Dies at 91

GegenL copySister Loretta Gegen, ASC, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the Adorers’ Wichita Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 91 years old and had lived 72 years as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born Oct. 27, 1925 in Wichita, Kan., to Frederick and Rose (Freund) Gegen, the second of five children.

Loretta entered the Wichita ASC congregation on Sept. 5, 1943, professed first vows July 1, 1945, and her permanent vows five years later.

She taught at Catholic schools in Olmitz, Offerle and Plains, Kan., from 1945 to 1954,

Longtime Medical Professional Dies

ternescSister Clara Ternes, ASC, a former hospital executive who taught medical ethics, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at the Ruma (Ill.) Center. She was 88 years old and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.

Born April 28, 1928, in Wichita, Kan., she was one of seven children of Martin and Clara (Girrens) Ternes. She made her first profession on July 1, 1944 and her final vows on July 1, 1949.

Sr. Clara earned her degree in nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ill., in 1949 and certification as a registered nurse anesthetist from St.

Former Longtime Teacher Dies

schmidteaSister Elizabeth Ann Schmidt, ASC, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the Wichita Center. She was 85 and had lived 69 years as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born Feb. 19, 1931, the fifth of 10 children of Marcus and Mary (Suppes) Schmidt, and grew up on the family farm outside of Spearville, Kan.

Influenced by her teachers, the Adorers, at St. John the Baptist elementary school, she entered the ASC community in 1945, at age 14. She pronounced first vows July 1, 1947.

A last-minute assignment to substitute teach for an ailing sister caused her to put her own high school education on hold.

Sister Servant to Others Dies

erzerm-copySister Mary Linus (Martha Emma) Erzer, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 71 years, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 90.

She was born in Neier, Mo., one of seven children born to Otto and Anna (Ravo) Erzer. She made her first vows on July 1, 1945 and her final vows on July 1, 1950.

In elementary school, Martha was particularly inspired by Sr. Mary Genevieve King and Sisters Georgiana, Mary Bede and Leola Bolzenius, all Adorers. Martha always wanted to help people and she did so by cooking and keeping house for others.

Long-time Teacher, Administrator Dies

SchulteS (1)Sister Sylvana Schulte, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 75 years, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at the Wichita Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 91.

She was born Jan. 11, 1925 in Windthorst, Kan., one of eight children in the family of Rudolf and Frances (Droste) Schulte. She made her first vows on Aug. 10, 1941 and her final vows on Aug. 28, 1946.

Sister Sylvana, baptized Agnes Mary Anna, earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College, Salina, Kan., in 1957 and a master’s degree in education from Creighton University,

Sister who Worked in Hospice Dies

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Sister Dorothy Marie (Mary Cordelia) Dietz, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 59 years, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill. She was 79.

She was born Aug. 22, 1936 in Waterloo, Ill., one of five children of Conrad and Lucille (Fleming) Dietz. She made her first vows on July 1, 1957 and her final vows on July 1, 1962.

Sister Dorothy Marie was engaged in a variety of service-oriented ministries, including housekeeping, cooking, sewing, chauffeuring, maintenance and home visiting. She served primarily in large houses or institutions,

Sister Servant to Others Dies

SchmidtISister Irene Schmidt, ASC died on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Wichita, Kan. She was 98. For nearly 78 of those years, she was an Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born July 16, 1918, at Liebenthal, Kan., to Jacob and Barbara (Schaeffer) Schmidt, the sixth of seven children who lost her father when she was 2.

As a child, she would pray the rosary outside in the summer, followed by a procession of the family’s dogs, cats, chickens and ducks.

Irene was taught by ASC sisters in grade school.