Obituaries

Educator, Missionary Dies at 102

Mary Anthony Mathews, Adorer of the Blood of ChristSister Mary Anthony Mathews, ASC, a longtime educator and missionary in China, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 102 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 84 years.
 
Born on May 1, 1916, in Coulterville, Ill., she was the oldest of 12 children in the family of John and Teresa (Peters) Mathews. She made her first vows on July 2, 1933 and her final profession on July 1,

‘Gentle, Loving’ Health Minister Dies

Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC, died Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill.

She was born on March 1, 1928, the second of four children in the family of Herman and Rosa (Richter) Heimann of New Baden, Ill. She was 90 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 71 years.

Sister Marciana, who had dual bachelor’s degrees from Saint Louis University in nursing and physical therapy, spent most of her ministry in health care. She headed the physical therapy department at St.

Sister Helen Ridder dies at 82

Sister Helen Ridder died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. She was 82 years old and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 64 years.

She was born July 20, 1935 in Derby, Kansas, to John and Agnes (Abt) Ridder, the fifth of eight children.

Helen entered the Wichita ASC community on Jan. 1, 1952, and pronounced first vows on July 1, 1953, and permanent vows on July 1, 1958.  She graduated from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in 1954. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Sacred Heart College in 1962 and graduated from Kansas State Teachers College,

Sister Teresita Kern, ASC

Sister Teresita Kern, ASC, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 93 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

Sister Teresita was born on June 5, 1924 in Red Bud, Illinois, one of eight children of Christian and Helen (Kelly) Kern. She made her first profession on July 1, 1941 and her final vows on July 1, 1946.

She was a member of the Dietary Managers Association and was certified in food service supervision and sanitation.

She spent 60 years in the industry,

Sister Margaret Mary Smith’s Obituary

Sister Margaret Mary Smith, who had celebrated 65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ this spring, died Monday, October 9, 2017. She was 85.

Sister, baptized Emma Gelesta, was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the eighth of 11 children of Maurice and Evelyn (Adams) Smith.

In 1950, at the age of 18, she entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ at St. Joseph Convent, the former Columbia Province Motherhouse. She entered the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1951, made first vows a year later, and final vows on Aug.