In Memoriam — Holidays 2015

Remembering those we've lost.


Julianne Hughes Nelson, A’45, Montrose, Colo., died Oct. 6.

Mary Margaret Ornesby Malley, C’45, Prairie Village, Kan., died Oct. 17. She is the aunt of Cathy Ornesby Bratton, C’71, Camdenton, Mo.

Evelyn Dramann Fagan, A’46, Wichita, Kan., died Aug. 17.

Sr. Mary Lenore Martin, C’47, professor emeritae, Leavenworth, Kan., died Oct. 14. She is the sister of Margaret Martin Stuart, C’48*, aunt of Helen Martin Swanson, C’73, Grove City, Pa., Kathleen Martin Cinfo, C’74, Nottingham, N.H., Barbara Martin William, C’75*, Judith Martin Kane, C’80, Kearney, Mo., Elizabeth “Betty” Martin Sauvageau, who attended, and sister-in-law of Elizabeth “Betty” Martin.* Read more below.

Mary Alice Martin Coveney, C’47, Beech Grove, Ind., died Aug. 11.

Dorothy Haddix Medill, C’47, Leavenworth, Kan., died Sept. 24. Dorothy suggested memorials to USM nursing program.

Rosemary Voeste Fladung, C’48, Overland Park, Kan., lost her husband, Jerome, on Aug. 12.

Sr. Mary Laura Huddleston, A’49, C’61, lost her cousin, Sr. Mary Annette Bagley, MSC (Marianites), on July 20.

Mary Ann Baragary Frederick, A’49, Leavenworth, Kan., died Aug. 22. Mary Ann suggested memorials
to USM.


Sr. Dolores Brinkel, C’53, Helena, Mont., lost her brother, Joe, on Sept. 21.

Mary Lee Bradley Hagen, C’54, Los Altos, Calif., died June 16.

Marilyn Stedem Swisher, C’55, Springfield, Mo., lost her husband, George, on Oct. 9. She shares this loss with her sister, DiAnne Stedem Naros, C’67, California, Mo.

Sr. Frances Marie Grady, C’56, Maggie Valley, N.C., lost her nephew, David, on Sept. 14.

Doretha “Dee” Dekat Suther, C’58, Panora, Iowa, died Dec. 27, 2014.


Phyllis Stedem Knauff, C’62, Houston, Texas, died March 14. She is the sister of Marilyn Stedem Swisher, C’55, Springfield, Mo., and DiAnne Stedem Naros, C’67, California, Mo.

Laneita “Penny” Brand Baylie, C’64, Kansas City, Mo., lost her husband, Richard, on May 1.

Sharon Williams Albers, C’65, San Diego, Calif., lost her sister-in-law, Cindy Williams, on Aug. 16. Cindy  worked at the SCL Mother House.

Doris Robinson Krebs, C’65, Christiansburg, Va., lost her husband, Robert, on June 5. Doris shares this loss with her sister, Sr. Mary Lou Mendel, A’51, C’56, M’62.

Margaret Ellen Lozenski, C’65, Lansing, Kan., died Aug. 1.

Jeannie Guillot, C’66, Prairie Village, Kan., and Judith Guillot LaClaire, C’69, Mission, Kan., lost their brother, Vincent, on Oct. 1.

Fran Petrovic Padow, C’67, Leawood, Kan., lost her husband, Mark, on Oct. 20. She shares this loss with her sister, Teresa Petrovic, C’73, Washington, D.C.

Joyce Rauth-Fears, C’68, Kansas City, Mo., and Eileen Rauth Strider, C’69, Kansas City, Mo., lost their mother, Betty, on Aug. 5 in St. Joseph, Mo.


Rose Anne Maas Schmidt, C’77, Kansas City, Mo., lost her father, Albert, on Sept. 2.

Sr. Barbara Aldrich, C’72, Grand Junction, Colo., lost her mother on July 26.

Dr. Judy Vogelsang, C’74, Kansas City, Mo., lost her father, Jack, on Aug. 14 in Godfrey, Ill.

Janet Stallbaumer, C’75, Olathe, Kan., lost her husband, Ray McGlothlin, on Aug. 8.

Christina Hunt Williams, C’79, St. Charles, Mo., died Aug. 28.


Linda Kearney Schroeder, C’86, Benton City, Wash., lost her brother in Oct. 2014, and mother in April 2015.

Maggie Schoonen, C’87, Rancho Santa Margartita, Calif., lost her mother, Margaret, on July 1.


Jackie Asherman, U’08, assistant professor in nursing, Kansas City, Kan., lost her niece, Danielle Duquette, in October.

Friends, Faculty & Staff

Byron Thompson, former board of trustees member, died Aug. 4.

Dr. Nata Riegg, professor in political science and global studies, lost her mother July 21.

Mike Logan, supervisor of facilities and maintenance, lost his father, Loren, on Sept. 15.

Dr. Ron Logan, chair of business, accounting, and sport management department, lost his mother on Oct. 11.

Elmer Colon, environmental services, lost his sister on Sept. 24.

Sr. Mary Lenore Martin, C’47

Lenore.jpgOur dear Sr. Mary Lenore Martin, 89, died in Ross Hall on USM’s main campus Oct. 14, just one month shy of her 90th birthday.

A Butte, Mont. native, she came to Saint Mary College and graduated with a degree in education. Sr. Mary Lenore entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 14, 1947—faithfully serving the People of God for 68 years.

Her teaching career started at the high school level, and after taking her vows, she taught in secondary schools staffed by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth for twenty years.

In 1969, Sr. Mary Lenore began teaching in the history department at Saint Mary College and remained an instructor, professor, and finally chair of the department of history and political science from 1980-1996. After her retirement in 1996, Sr. Mary Lenore assumed the position of college historian and curator of antiques until 2005.

Along with her love for teaching and history, Sr. Mary Lenore loved music. She played saxophone with a group of SCL musicians, the “Remnants.” The group appeared on national television with Lucille Ball and performed with Bob Hope, along with touring in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Nebraska, Montana, Kansas, and Missouri.

In speaking of her own faith, Sr. Mary Lenore said:

Perhaps I can say that over a lifetime I am becoming a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth. Frederick Beuchner defines a vocation in this way. ‘Vocation is the place where the heart’s deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.’ That is a poetic way of saying what my vocation as a Sister of Charity has meant to me.


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