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Sister Teresita Kern, ASC

Sister Teresita Kern, ASC, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 93 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

Sister Teresita was born on June 5, 1924 in Red Bud, Illinois, one of eight children of Christian and Helen (Kelly) Kern. She made her first profession on July 1, 1941 and her final vows on July 1, 1946.

She was a member of the Dietary Managers Association and was certified in food service supervision and sanitation.

She spent 60 years in the industry,

Sister Margaret Mary Smith’s Obituary

Sister Margaret Mary Smith, who had celebrated 65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ this spring, died Monday, October 9, 2017. She was 85.

Sister, baptized Emma Gelesta, was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the eighth of 11 children of Maurice and Evelyn (Adams) Smith.

In 1950, at the age of 18, she entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ at St. Joseph Convent, the former Columbia Province Motherhouse. She entered the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1951, made first vows a year later, and final vows on Aug.

Adorer Who Never Quite Retired Dies at 89

Sister Rita Marie Lucash, ASC, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill.

She was 89 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers for 70 years.

Sister Rita Marie was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Freeburg, Ill., the third of four children of Walter and Estella (Nehring) Lucash. She made first vows on July 1, 1947 and final vows on July 1, 1952.

She worked in elementary education for 40 years as a teacher, principal and organist. Her assignments in Illinois included Immaculate Conception in Centreville,

Sister Mary Renee Kirmer dies at 81

Sister Mary Renee Kirmer died quietly Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. She was 81 and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 57 years.

She was born near Spearville, Kan., on Dec. 28, 1935, the sixth child of Frank and Albina (Penka) Kirmer, and baptized at St. John the Baptist Church.

Her family later moved to Dodge City, Kan., where she played softball, tennis and basketball. She was valedictorian of her 1953 Dodge City High School graduating class, and later worked there for five years as the principal’s secretary.

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.