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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,

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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.

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Educator, Translator and Worker with Immigrants Dies

alfaroa-copySister Angelita Alfaro, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 68 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at the Wichita Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 89.

She was born Nov. 19, 1927 in El Dorado, Kan., the fourth child of Trinidad and Carmen (Huaracha) Alfaro. She made her first vows on July 1, 1948 and her final vows on July 1, 1953.

Sister Angelita, baptized Josephine, earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Sacred Heart College (now Newman University) in Wichita in 1960. She earned two degrees from Wichita State University,

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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.

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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,

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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,

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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.

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Long-time Teacher-Adorer Dies

KernWSister Wilfreda Kern, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died May 12, 2016 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill. She was 95 and had been an Adorer for 77 years.

She was born April 26, 1921, in Red Bud Ill., the oldest of Christian and Ellen (Kelley) Kern’s eight children. She made her first vows on July 1, 1938 and final vows on July 1, 1943.

Sister Wilfreda, baptized Rosalie, received a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a master’s degree in 1967, both in education from Saint Louis University. She was certified to teach in Illinois,

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Sister, Nurse, Educator and Author Dies

BahrRTSister Rose Therese Bahr, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 65 years, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. She was 85.

She was born March 1, 1930 in Great Bend, Kan., one of five children and the first daughter of Frank William and Mary Victoria (Schneider) Bahr. She was baptized Mildred, and attended St. Ann Elementary and High School in Olmitz.

Education was so important to the Bahrs that they rented a house across from school so their children, cousins and neighbors wouldn’t miss school in severe weather. Mildred’s mother took her turn staying in town to care for the children.

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Teacher, Poet, Retreat Center Director Dies

RanardLASister Linda Anne Ranard, ASC, a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 39 years, died Dec. 23, 2015, at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill. She was 66 years old.

Born Linda Mae on May 28, 1949, in Fairfield, Iowa, the second child of Gayle and Lelia (Ensminger) Ranard, she was drawn to the religious life while working with sisters in Kentucky. Several years later she converted to Catholicism.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fairfield and attended Iowa State University in Ames for almost 2 years. She moved to Pennsylvania where she met the Adorers.