Obituaries

Sister Clara Smith

Sister Clara Smith, ASC, who taught grade school for four decades before finding her heart in prison ministry, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Caritas Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was 94 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

Sister Clara was born on February 12, 1926 in Spearville, Kansas, the sixth of 12 children born to Andrew and Mary Elizabeth (Tepe) Smith. Influenced by her teachers and an aunt who had joined the congregation, Clara entered the community in 1940,

Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC

Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC died Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois. She was 85 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 67 years.

She was born on August 14, 1935 in St. Rose, Illinois, one of six children in the family of the late William and Alma (Goestenkors) Schrage.

After teaching primary grades for two years at St. Bruno in Pinckneyville, Illinois, Sister Mary Jane pursued a degree and ministry in radiologic technology.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in radiologic technology in 1960 from Saint Louis University and later received various certificates in the field.

Sister in Food Service, Home Care, and Parish Work Dies

Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC, died Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Ruma (Illinois) Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Sister Laura was one of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner of Effingham, Illinois. Five of her sisters also were Adorers.

Sister Laura was a food service manager for almost 60 years at St. Ann Home in Chester, Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, Ruma Center in Ruma,

Longtime Educator Dies

Sister Ruth Timmermeyer, ASC died Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Wichita Center. She was 93 years old and was a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 77 years.

She was born July 24, 1926, in Wichita, Kansas, one of 13 children of Clarence and Hazel (Markel) Timmermeyer. She was stricken with polio at age four. When she was six, her family moved to a farm near Norwich, Kansas. 

In 1940, after graduating from eighth grade, she went to Sacred Heart convent. She made first vows on August 16,

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,