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,