Obituaries

Educator and Sports Fan Dies

Sister Mary Thomasine Stoecklein, a lifelong educator and professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 78 years, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at the community’s Wichita Center. She was 96.

Sister Mary Thomasine was the second of eight children and spent her childhood on the family farm. She was baptized Edna Mae at St. John the Baptist, a rural parish near Bazine, Kansas. One of her siblings also joined the ASC community as Sister Joyce Stoecklein.

Mary Thomasine entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in August 1939,

Educator and Yankees Fan Dies

Sister Lucille Kerschen, a lifelong teacher and professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 73 years, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the community’s Wichita Center. She was 89.

Sister Lucille, a native of Aleppo, Kansas, was the fourth youngest of 10 children who lost her mother at age seven. She spent her childhood on the family farm. Her older sister Remigia entered the Adorer community before her.

Lucille entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, on September 6, 1943, professing first vows July 1,

Sister Helen Panci, ASC Remembered for Her Love of Teaching and Pastoral Care

Sister Helen (Herman Jospeh) Panci, ASC, died on Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Helene’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was 94 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 78 years.

Sister Helen was born on September 11, 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of six children of the late Joseph Panci and Anna Kubis Panci and the youngest child in a foster family of nine. Sister Helen made her first vows on August 12, 1941 and her final vows on August 12,

Nurse, Therapist and Courageous ‘Sis Ann’ Dies at 91

Sister Ann (Elizabeth Frances) Connolly, ASC, died on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 91 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.

Sister Ann was born on May 15, 1927 in Assumption, near Pana, Illinois. She was the only child of the late Ernest and Catherine (Shannon) Connolly. Sister Ann made her first vows on July 1, 1946 and her final vows on July 1, 1951.

She earned her R.N. from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield,

Sister Mary Matthew Janciar, ASC: ‘Beloved Mother’ to Families She Served Dies

Sister Mary Matthew Janciar, ASC, a teacher and parish minister, died on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2019 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was 93.

Bridgit Janciar, the older of two daughters of Slovakian immigrants, Emil and Theresa Janciar, was born November 3, 1925, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. When her mother became a widow and remarried, Bridgit gained four step-siblings.

She entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ on August 29, 1939 as a high school student in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and was received into the Community two years later and given the name Sister Mary Matthew.