Obituaries

Long-Time Educator Dies

Sister Mary Perpetua Gusic, ASC, (Caroline Frances) died April 1 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

She was 98 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

Sister Mary Perpetua was born April 17, 1921 in Steelton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of seven children of Croatian immigrants John and Catherine (Viher) Gusic. Sister Perpetua made her first profession on Aug. 12, 1941 and her final vows on Aug. 12, 1946.

Sister Mary Perpetua studied at the Precious Blood Teacher Training Institute in Columbia,

Teacher, Humorist, Storyteller Dies

Sister Bernice Taylor, ASC, a teacher who saw the humor in life and loved to tell stories, died Tuesday, March 10. She was 100 years old and had lived 78 years as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born December 25, 1919 to Frank and Mary Anna (Kotrba) Taylor, a farm couple in Canute, Oklahoma, and was baptized Angeline Marie the next day at St. Francis Church. She was bilingual and proud of her Czech heritage.  

Early thoughts of entering the convent after eighth grade were shelved when older siblings,

Teacher, Pastoral Minister Dies

Sister Elizabeth Determan, ASC of El Reno, Oklahoma died February 6, 2020 at the Wichita (Kansas) Center. She was 98 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

She was born November 19, 1921 to Herman and Anna (Schaefer) Determan, the oldest of six children. Her family came to the area shortly after the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.

She had been taught by Adorers in Okarche, Oklahoma and entered the community in August 1939. She made first vows on August 10, 1941,

Teacher, Archivist, Librarian Dies

Sister Marian Russo, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died February 1, 2020 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 76 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers for 51 years.

Sister Marian was born December 4, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marian Alice Russo and Gaston Strenck. She and her brother, Arthur Russo, were raised by foster parents, Nellie and Manus McGinley. She made her first profession on July 1, 1968 and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1973.

Sister Marian held a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business education,

Rest Well Sister Theresa Marie

Sister Theresa Marie Braun, ASC, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois. She was 93 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

She was born December 13, 1926 in Chester, Illinois, one of five children of William and Florence (Wolshock) Braun. She made her first profession on July 1, 1943, and her final vows on July 1, 1948.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech therapy, with a minor in education, from Saint Louis University in 1960,