Obituaries

Long-time Adorer, Teacher Dies

EvaristaSister Evarista Durler ASC, a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 82 years, died Dec. 12, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. She was 99.

She was born Aug. 13, 1916, the first child of Engelbert and Stephanie (Habiger) Durler, and baptized Juliana Marie at St. John the Baptist Church in Spearville, Kan.

She was taught by Adorers at the parish grade school, which influenced her decision to enter their community in Wichita in December, 1931.

She graduated high school from St. John’s Academy in Wichita in 1936, pronounced first vows in August 1933,

Sister Teacher and Poet Dies

SiggBSister Bernetta Sigg, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 80 years, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. She was 99.

She was born Aug. 21, l916 in Ost, Kan, to George and Elizabeth (Seidl) Sigg, one of eight children, and baptized Sybilla. When she was a child, her family, with several other families of the Ost, St. Mary’s, and St. Mark’s, Kan., area, moved to Roggen, Colo., where they laid the groundwork for a parish church and school. Her parents helped displaced and migrant families.

She attended Loretto Heights in Denver for a year and worked at a ranch for two years before joining the Adorers at age 17 in Wichita,

102 year-old Nurse and Ruma Quilter Passes

GoecknerJ copySister Mary Jerome Goeckner, ASC, 1912 to 2015

Sister Mary Jerome Goeckner, ASC, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 102 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 85 years.

Elizabeth Theresia Goeckner, born Dec. 3, 1912 in Bishop Creek (near Effingham), Ill., was the oldest of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner, and one of six daughters in the family to join the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She made her first profession on July 2,

Sister Rose (Margaret Rose) Schrage, ASC, 1928-2015

SchrageRSister Rose Schrage, ASC, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 86 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 67 years.

 Sister Rose was born on Dec. 31, 1928 in St. Rose, Ill., one of eight children born to the late Bernard and Mary (Goestenkors) Schrage.

She made her first profession on July 1, 1948 and her final vows on July 1, 1953.

Sr. Rose ministered almost 30 years as an elementary teacher,

Sister Florence May dies at 101

MayFSister Florence May, ASC died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. She was 101 and spent 83 of her years as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.

She was born on a farm near Garden Plain, Kan., on Jan.13, 1914, the fourth of 11 children of Peter and Elizabeth (Stuhlsatz) May.

She entered the convent at Wichita, Kan., at age 16, in August, 1930, pronounced first vows on July 31, 1932, and final vows on Aug. 10, 1937.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Northwestern State Teacher’s College in Alva,

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,