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, and final vows five years later. She attended Sacred Heart College (now Newman University) and finished her bachelor’s degree in English in 1948 at Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kan. In 1969, she earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

She taught, tutored, or served as principal or paraprofessional in the classroom for 66 years in Kansas and Oklahoma, starting in the Dust Bowl days in 1938 in Marienthal, Kan., and ending in Ness City, Kan., in 2004.

She was one of the last Adorers to teach in the parish schools of the Diocese of Dodge City. She taught every grade in elementary school plus summer Bible school, music, and computers. She is listed in the Teachers’ Who’s Who in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Joseph, John, and Robert; and her sister, Irene. She is survived by her brother, Edward; her sisters Eleanora, Esther, Rosemary and Ruth; many nieces and nephews; cousins, including Sister Margaret Knoeber, ASC; and her ASC community.

Her body will be welcomed at the Wichita Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, followed by a wake service at 7 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Chapel of the New Covenant with Father Tom Welk, CPPS as presider.

Burial in the community cemetery will follow.


Donations in her memory may be made online by clicking here or by sending them to Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region Mission Center, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63109.