Obituaries

Life-Long Educator Dies

HellmannG copySister Gemma Hellmann, ASC, died on Sept. 26, 2015, at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 78 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 59 years.

Loretta Gertrude Hellmann was the youngest of six children born on a farm near St. Rose, Ill., to Regina (Doerhoff) and Leo Hellmann.

She entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ at Ruma, Ill., on Dec. 30, 1954; professed her first vows as Sister Gemma on July 1, 1956; and made her final profession of vows on July 1, 1961.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College (now Newman University) in Wichita,

Teacher, Archivist, Community Leader Sister Emmanuel Palus Dies

PalusESister M. Emmanuel Palus ASC died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Columbia, Pa. She was 91 and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

She was the first-born child of Slovakian immigrants, Joseph and Anna Harman Palus, who settled in Johnstown, Pa. The family grew to include five boys and three more girls.

She came to St. Joseph Academy in Columbia as an aspirant on Aug. 27, 1938, entered the Adorers as a postulant in 1939, and was received on Aug. 12, 1940. She made first vows Aug.

Nurse, Missionary and Chaplain Dies

WalshVSister Virginia Walsh, ASC died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill. She was 91 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 71 years.

She was born to Irish immigrant parents in Syracuse, N.Y., who moved to St. Louis when she was 4 years old. Orphaned by age 11, she was raised by an aunt and uncle.

She entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ at Ruma, Ill., in 1942, professed her first vows as Mary Dehlia on July 1,

Beloved Sister Celine Hasenfratz, ASC died this week

HasenfratzC copySister Celine Hasenfratz, ASC died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. She was 76 and an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 57 years.

She grew up on family farms near Perry, Okla., and Marion, Kan., and for a time, after her mother’s death in childbirth, with relatives in McPherson, Kan. She lived with the Sisters of Divine Providence during the week so she could attend Catholic school, and came home on weekends.

Sister Celine assumed domestic responsibilities at age 11, when her stepmother died, and learned sewing, cooking and baking at a 4-H club.

Teacher, Senior Companion Dies

BraunMB copySister Mary Bernard Braun, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 78 years, died Sept. 10, 2015 in Ruma, Ill. She was 97.

Sister Mary Bernard, baptized Georgia, was the eldest of three children born to Aloysius and Mabel (Carron) Braun. She grew up in Dupo, Ill., and attended St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis, Ill., until she joined the community of Adorers and completed high school at Ruma.

She made her first vows on July 1, 1937 and final vows on July 1, 1942.

She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in history,

Teacher, Parish Minister Dies

Lillian SteckleinSister Lillian Stecklein, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 74 years, died Aug. 23, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. She was 91.

Sister Lillian, baptized Katherine Louise, was the seventh of 10 children born to Andrew and Rose (Dinges) Stecklein. She grew up on a farm near Ness City, Kan., and attended the public school there until the family moved to town. She was then able to attend Sacred Heart parish school for her eighth grade.

After starting high school in Ness City, she decided to join the ASC community. She entered the Adorers’ novitiate on Aug.

Teacher, Advocate for Young Sisters and Refugees Dies

MulacRSister Rosemary Mulac, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 73 years, died July 24, 2015 in Columbia, Pa. She was 89.

She was the second of nine children born to Croatian immigrants Milan and Mary (Pecar) Mulac. She grew up in McKeesport, Pa., where she attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Croatian Parish and School.

She entered the Adorers novitiate on Aug. 12, 1941, made her first vows on Aug. 12, 1942 and final vows exactly five years later.

She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Pharmacist, Artist Dies

RatermannJSister M. Jane (Frances Marie) Ratermann, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 60 years, died July 22, 2015 at the Ruma (Ill.) Center from complications of a stroke. She was 80.

Sr. Jane, ASC, born Sept. 5, 1934 in Breese, Ill., was the ninth of 12 children born to Joseph and Wilma (Woltering) Ratermann. She entered the Adorers on Aug. 29, 1953, made her first vows on July 1, 1955 and her final profession on July 1, 1960.

She studied at St. Louis School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1959, and served as pharmacist at all three of the ASC-sponsored hospitals in Illinois:

Teacher, Healer, Missionary Dies: Sr. Toni Cusimano

CusimanoASister Antoinette “Toni” Cusimano, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the community’s center in Ruma, Ill., of complications from a stroke. She had been an Adorer for all but 20 of her 79 years.

The Chicago native, born to immigrants from Sicily, was a teacher, missionary, pastoral minister and healer.

She called her 15 years in Liberia “the happiest and most fulfilling years of my life.” But the end of her time there in 1990, as the civil war heated up, were dangerous. She told the story of being stopped by the militia in Liberia and told to give soldiers a ride.

Obituary: Sister Maurice Loepker

LoepkerMAdorer Who Worked as a Nurse in Illinois Dies

Sister Mary Maurice Loepker, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 68 years, died Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Ruma (Ill.) Center. She was 86.

Sister Mary Maurice, ASC was one of eight children born to Joseph and Isabella (Wichmann) Loepker and grew up on the family farm in Bartelso, Ill., where she was taught by Adorers at St. Cecilia School.

At 17, she went to work as a nurse’s aide at the Mother of Good Counsel Home for the Chronically and Incurably Ill in St.