In Memoriam — Spring 2016

Remembering those we've lost.


Ann Frances Writt Ward, C’35, Cameron, Mo., died Nov. 14, 2012.


Lucena “Cindy” Burns Panek, A’42, Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 22.

Mary Pavlick Bosanatz, C’44, Great Falls, Mont., died March 20, 2015.

Kathryn Rees Stenrud, C’44, Portland, Ore., died June 6, 2015.

Sr. Mary Vincentia Maronick, C’45, Leavenworth, Kan., died Dec. 22, 2015. Read more below.

Betty Darcey Tyrrell, C’45, Oklahoma City, Okla., died Feb. 11, 2015.

Betty O’Brien Markey, A’46, Kansas City, Mo., lost her husband, Bill, on Feb. 17. Betty and Bill celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18, 2015.

Frances Kelly Mannix, C’46, Tulsa, Okla., died Jan. 1.

Geraldine Maffei McDonnell, C’46, Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Oct. 30, 2015. She is the sister of Marie Maffei Raths, C’45, who died Dec. 2, 2011.

Sr. Dominique Long, C’47, lost her cousin, JoAnn, on Feb. 8.

Virginia Meehan Reese, A’47, Lincoln, Neb., died June 30, 2013.


Gertrude “Trudi” Regenbrecht Forster, C’56, Omaha, Neb., died Oct. 31, 2015. Trudi included Saint Mary in her obituary as recipient of memorials.

Ruby Barron Matt, C’57, Garnavillo, Iowa, died March 4. She is the mother of Barbara Matt Baeuchle, C’80.

Irene Isabel Trujillo Hansen-Norton, C’57, Albuquerque, N.M., died Feb. 15.

Sr. Loretta Fick, C’58, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her sister, Alice, on Jan. 24.

Sr. Rosella Mary Hehn, C’58, Leavenworth, Kan., and Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn, C’64, Cheyenne, Wyo., lost their brother, Fr. Bob, on Nov. 11, 2015.

Jo Brazil Hess, C’59, El Dorado, Kan., lost her husband, Larry, on Dec. 2, 2015.


Joyce Lambert Biggs, C’60, Holt, Mo., died Feb 11.

Sr. Mary Sharon Verbeck, C’60, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her sister, Marie, on Nov. 8, 2015. She shares this loss with her niece, Cheryl Verbeck Manuel, C’87, Cape Coral, Fla.

Sr. Katherine Franchett, C’61, Ashland, Mont., lost her brother, Philip, on Oct. 31, 2015.

Marietta Wieseler Soukup, C’61, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Sr. Barbara Wieseler, C’67, Grand Island, Neb., lost their brother, Gerald, on Nov. 4, 2015.

Kay Kelly Messina, C’61, Seattle, Wash., died Feb. 9.

Marion Romasko Johnson, C’62, Helena, Mont., lost her brother, Harry, on Oct. 31, 2015.

Sr. Sue Retherford, C’62, Kansas City, Kan., lost her brother, Doug, on Nov. 8, 2015.

Sr. Eileen Sheehy, C’62, Grand Junction, Colo., lost her brother, Jim, on Dec. 4, 2015.

Linda Arnone Prieto, C’63, Kansas City, Mo., died Nov. 28, 2015.

Sr. Marie Damian Glatt, C’63, died Jan. 16. She served the SCL community for 66 years.

Sr. Ann McGuire, C’63, Leavenworth, Kan., died Nov. 19, 2015. She served the SCL community for 54 years.

Mary Ann Kralovec, C’63, Boonville, Mo., died Feb 7.

Geraldine “Jerry” Miller Baker, C’64, Whitehall, Mont., lost her husband, Forrest “Frosty,” on Dec. 3, 2015.

Sue Lenihan Smith, C’64, Huntington Beach, Calif., died on Nov. 21, 2015. Sue is the aunt of Andrew Acostas, U’14.

Margaret “Mimi” Fitzgerald Murphy, C’65, Morrison, Colo., died Nov. 2, 2015.

Sr. Marie Michael Mollis, C’66, Butte, Mont., lost her niece, Terri, on Nov. 13, 2015.

Kathy Soetaert Clouse, C’67, Smithville, Mo., lost her husband, Mason, on Nov. 22, 2015.

Sharon Ovaitt, C’67, Jefferson City, Mo., lost her mother, Mildred, on Jan. 19.


Erika Vance, C’80, Overland Park, Kan., died Aug. 5, 2015.

Carolyn Boettcher Parmer, C’84, Eureka, Mo., lost her cousins Jacquie and Brian Lehner in a motorcycle accident in Wyoming on Feb. 27.

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.


Kimberly Graviett Foster, C’02, Sikeston, Mo., died Aug. 1, 2015.


Larissa Brown, U’10, USM Director of Online Learning, lost her father-in-law, Len Brown, on Jan 7.


Harry Briscoe, Topeka, Kan., died Jan. 12. Harry was a member of the Saint Mary College board of trustees and president’s council.

Charles “Chuck” Roult, Leawood, Kan., died Jan. 15. Chuck is the husband of Martha Miller Roult, C’52, who died Feb. 2010. Chuck included Saint Mary in his obituary as recipient of memorials.

Carolyn Doolittle, Associate Professor in Education, Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Education at the Overland Park campus, lost her mother-in-law, Nanette, on Jan. 30.

Sr. Mary Vincentia Maronick, C’45

Sr. Mary Vincentia Maronick

We mourn the loss of Sr. Mary Vincentia Maronick, 91, who died on Dec. 22, 2015 at the Mother House in Leavenworth. She faithfully served the SCL community and the People of God for 70 years.

Sr. Mary Vincentia entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 14, 1945—becoming affectionately known as “Sr. Mary V.” She received a B.S. in Music Education from Saint Mary College in 1945 and an M.S. in Mathematics from University of Notre Dame. Sr. Mary V. taught math at Bishop Hogan High School (Kansas City, Mo.) and Bishop Ward High School (Kansas City, Kan.), and in 1955, she was named Dean of Freshman Students at Saint Mary College. In 1965, Sr. Mary V. was asked to start a development program as the Alumni Director for the college. She served as director for 15 years and after a much-deserved sabbatical, Sr. Mary V. returned to Saint Mary serving an additional 15 years as Director of Major and Planned Gifts.

During the early 90s, Sr. Mary V. volunteered with the AIDS Project of Douglas County, Kan. After resigning from Saint Mary in 1996, she moved to Billings, Mont.—becoming an active member of AIDSpirit Montana, a newly-founded volunteer group to support those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. Sr. Mary V. lived in Billings for 16 years—enjoying the close proximity of her brothers and their families in Great Falls and satisfying her passion for serving those in the AIDS and GLBT ministry.

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

Sr. Mary V. retired in 2012 to the Mother House in Leavenworth.

For the full obituary and prayer card, please visit

Memorials can be made to Sr. Mary Vincentia Maronick’s endowed named scholarship. Please make checks payable to “University of Saint Mary,” with “Sr. Mary V ENS” in the memo. Mail to: University of Saint Mary, Alumni/Development Office, 4100 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048


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