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Summer 2012

In Memoriam

Johanna (Kray) Pugh, C’38, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Jan. 27, 2012

Eugene Duffin, husband of Antoinette (Zeugin) Duffin, A’40, C’44, Leavenworth, Kan., May 11, 2012

Carlo Ambrosini, husband of Louise (Klasinski) Ambrosini, A’41, Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan. 26, 2012

Betty Ann (Hudspeth) Harris, A’42, Lansing, Kan., May 27, 2012

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

Ruth (Buchanan) Bleam, A’48, Leavenworth, Kan., June 5, 2012

Winfred (Emert) McClain Minnis, C’41, sister of Joan (Emert) Siegert Warton, A’49, C’53, Rossiville, Kan., March 6, 2012

Dorothy Martin Wacker, C’44, mother of Janice (Wacker) Zoellner, C’64, and Marla (Wacker) Spellman, C’72, Leavenworth, Kan., April 10, 2012

Carl E. Grieshaber, husband of Margaret Carlene (Leeds) Grieshaber, C’49, Metairie, La., June 5, 2012

Margaret Gillispie Shaffer, C’49, mother of Mary Gist, C’73, Falls City, Neb., Oct. 21, 2011


Beverly (Dirkes) Clark, C’52, Billings, Mont., July 17, 2011 

Sister Mary Frances Kirkpatrick, C’52, Leavenworth, Kan., March 22, 2012. 
Sr. Kirkpatrick served as a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth for 62 years.

She was born to Arthur and Loretta Kenneally Kirkpatrick in Butte, Mont., on Nov. 19, 1929. After graduating from Girls Central High School, she attended one year of college. 

Sr. Kirkpatrick entered the community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug.18, 1949, and received the name Sister Charles Loretta. She later returned to the use of her baptismal name.

Sr. Kirkpatrick received her formal education from the Sisters of Charity from first grade through graduation from Saint Mary College, now the University of Saint Mary. Sister Mary Frances claimed that she could remember all her teachers and the significant role each played in her life. “Part of God’s call to me came from their example of love for me, my classmates, and for the poor to whom they ministered.”

An important part of Sr. Kirkpatrick's ministry over the years was having the opportunity to share life with the economically disadvantaged. Over a span of 50+ years in active ministry, she taught students from grades 2-12 in the West and Midwest and special handicapped individuals in the REACH PROGRAM in the Kansas City, Kan., Archdiocese; worked as a counselor for Catholic Social Services; served in pastoral ministry at two parishes in Missouri; and was appointed Pastoral Administrator of two parishes in Montana before retiring to Ross Hall in 2007.

Over this time she earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth; a master’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Colorado-Boulder, in counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and in spirituality from Regis College in Toronto, Canada.

Rita Sheehy, sister-in-law of Sister Eileen Sheehy, C’62, Feb. 18, 2012

Joseph Michael Schmidt, husband of Mary Ann (Neis) Schmidt, C’63, San Rafael, Calif., Dec. 16, 2011

Sister Jane Ellen Furey, C’56, sister of Sister Roberta Furey, C’57, June 19, 2012.

Sr. Furey served as a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth for 60 years. She was born Mary Margaret was born on April 5, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the second of seven children born to Norris O. and Mabel F. Seiberling Furey.

Growing up, she lived right across from the convent for the SCLs who staffed St. Louis Grade School, which she attended. After graduating from Bishop Hogan High School, where she played the saxophone in the band, Miss Furey took a job with Luzier Cosmetic Company in Kansas City doing clerical work in the chemistry department that sup-ported their cosmetics allergy research program.

On Feb. 2, 1952, Mary Margaret entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Sister Jane Ellen professed her first vows on Feb. 22, 1954, and was missioned to St. James Hospital in Butte, Mont. In 1959, she was assigned to St. John’s Hospital in Leavenworth, and in 1963 to St. Anthony Hospital in New Mexico. In 1965, she was sent to Saint Vincent Hospital, now Saint Vincent Healthcare, in Billings, Mont., where she served until returning to the Mother House in 2002.

While at Saint Vincent, Sr. Jane Ellen wore many hats. She started in the business office initially working as an admitting clerk, then as Business Office Manager. In 1968, she was named Dean of Women at the Saint Vincent School of Nursing. The girls remembered her as their friend and confidant, and circu-lated stories about her ability to stay up all night with them, playing pinochle.

After the School of Nursing closed, Sr. Jane Ellen was the Admitting Office Manager for many years. In 1991 she began to work in the Volunteer Department, and was the Volunteer Relations Representative. In 1999, Sr. Jane Ellen was voted “Best of the Best” by the employees at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Ruth Cuevas-Martinez, C’78, Chesapeake, Va., Feb. 16, 2010

Tim Bryant, husband of Teresa (Casey) Bryant, C’81, Royal Oak, Mich., March 11, 2012

Kyle W. Sandrock, U’08, Platte City, Mo., April 29, 2012


In This Issue:
‣ First Class: USM's DPT Program Launches

‣ USM Alum Trumps Cancer 

‣ Honor Roll of Donors

‣ Class Notes

‣ Homecoming and the Alumni Events Calendar

‣ Reunion Recap

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