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Fall 2012

In Memoriam
Eleanor (Heim) Forge, C’37, grandmother of Michaela Forge, U’10, Rebecca (Forge) Evans, U’07, Luke Forge, U’04; mother-in-law of Michele (Lane) Forge, C’80; and sister-in-law to Sr. Helen Forge, C’60, M’65. July 28, 2012, Leavenworth, Kan.

Sr. Agnes Virginia Hamm, C’40, Oct. 31, 2012, Leavenworth, Kan.

Sister Agnes Virginia (Rita Blanch) Hamm was born on May 30, 1917, in Kansas City, KS, one of three children of
Melvin and Agnes Edmondson Hamm. She graduated from Blessed Sacrament School and Ward High School, Kansas City, Kan. Rita entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Sept. 1, 1936 and, as Sister Agnes Virginia Hamm, made her profession of vows on June 28, 1938.

A gifted teacher, Sister Agnes Virginia taught three years in parochial elementary schools in KS and MT, but the majority of her teaching was in high schools. Her “seven wonderful but hot” summers at St. Louis Univer-sity earned her the M.A. in Speech and Drama, and she taught both in almost all of the SCL high schools, notably in her 17 years teaching at Hogan High. Years later Sister Agnes Virginia wrote this about her Hogan days: “As I look back, I realize that they were the happiest years of my teaching career.”

But teaching was not Sister’s only gift. As principal at Hogan for eight years, her lead-ership shone also. Among her many responsibilities, she pioneered a new program of high school education – “flexible scheduling.” Hogan was the first Catholic school in the nation to pioneer this Stanford University program.

Her Hogan days were followed by other leadership positions: Educational Consultant for all of the SCL High Schools; Community Councilor; Executive Secretary to the President in SCL Health Services Corporation; and Director of SCL Health Office.

Sister retired to Ross Hall In 2005.

Memories of Sister Agnes Virginia surely should not end without a good story, and those who knew her well could tell many. This one was told on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 1986. The school is not identified.

“One evening, when the Sisters were safely in their home, the burglar alarm rang. Sister Agnes Virginia and a companion went to the school and decided to search the building to see if the burglar was still around. Armed with a broom handle, Sister Agnes Virginia said, pointing to a small closet, “You open the door, I’ll hit him over the head.” When he really was there the two Sisters took off running. Sister Agnes Virginia tripped over her long skirt, fell, got up, but before resuming her run,
brushed off her clothes, straightened her headgear and then ran. Without damage to his head, the burglar also ran and escaped the Sisters and the police.”

Joelle Fasenmyer, A’45, June 26, 2012, Overland Park, Kan.

Mike Miller, son of Marnie (Trudelle) Miller, C’47, July 26, 2012, Las Vegas.

Gerald Traush, husband of Mary Ellen (Smith) Trausch, C’53, June 26, 2012, Spring Hill, Kan.

Donna (Demars) Brown, C’55, July 17, 2012, Broomfield, Colo.

Sr. Charlene Race, C’58, Oct. 29, 2012, Leavenworth, Kan.
Charlene Rose Race was born Nov. 25, 1933 in Wamego, Kansas to William and Stella Lintz Race. She had one sister, Lois Jean. Charlene entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on August, 19, 1954 and, as Sister Mary William, made her profession of vows on Aug. 22, 1956. She later returned to the use of her baptismal name. Around the time of her Golden Jubilee in 2004, Sister Charlene wrote the following for her autobiography. It is quoted here in its entirety.

As they say on the evening news, “Everyone has a story”. Well, here is my story, although I admit it is very short. I was born at
Wamego, Kansas, and grew up along with my sister Lois on a farm close to White City, Kansas. Although I never attended a Catholic school, and only belonged to the mission church at Skiddy, I always had a desire to be a Sister. The Lord provided me the opportunity when I went to Topeka to get a job after high school. Fortunately, one of my friends at work was Bernadine Desch (S. Rose Marie’s sister). At the same time I lived at an apartment house where Mary Ann Rilinger, (now S. Dorothy Marie) resided. We became friends and Bernadine introduced us to the Sisters of Charity. I guess you could say the rest is all history. After one year teaching, I worked the rest of my religious life in offices in hospitals and at the Mother House. That brings us up to the present time. So you see that is the end of my story.

Survivors include her sister, Lois Jean Keen, Grandview, Missouri, nieces, nephews, friends, and her SCL Community.

Nicole Collins, daughter of Judy (Helmert) Collins, C’59, Sept. 21, 2012, Overland Park, Kan.

Catherine (Wagner) Cuddy, C’60, July 13, 2012, Bonner Springs, Kan.

Sister Mary Erwin Baker, C’63, Sept. 24, 2012, Leavenworth, Kan. (See article)

Sister Rita Redmond, C’65, Sept. 3, 2012, Maple Mount, Ky.

Mary Ellen (Dearth) Feely, C’66, Aug. 25, 2012, Arvada, Colo.

Ann (O’Donnell) Bestor, C’71, Sept. 6, 2012, Golden, Colo.

Dennis Hugh Sigafoose, son of Eleanor (Sharpe) Sigafoose, C’73, October 2012, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Fred Huppert, brother of Sister Marietta Huppert, C’84, Sept. 15, 2012, Billings, Mont.

Mary Alice (Marsh) Jones, C’99, Oct. 03, 2012, Leavenworth, Kan.

Kevin Brennan, father of Katherine (Brennan) Weber, C’02, Oct. 6, 2012, Topeka, Kan.

Saint Mary attendee Maureen “Molly” (Belshaw) Keen, Aug. 22, 2011, Springfield, Ore.


In This Issue:
‣ Harmony: USM Re-Launches the Music Major

‣ Remembering Sr. Mary Erwin Baker 

‣ New Inductees to the USM Hall of Fame

‣ Class Notes

‣ Homecoming Recap

‣ Alumni Chapter News

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