Obituaries

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,

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,