In Memoriam – Fall 2017


Betty Lou Aaron Phillips, A’36, Leavenworth, Kan. died June 10,2017


Sister Ann Louise Eble, A’42, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Apr. 18, 2017. She is the sister of Jean Eble Hayes,* A’40, C’44, and Sister Mary Joan Eble,* A’50, C’57.

Kathryn Dennon Spurny, C’42, Lee’s Summit, Mo., died Jan. 31, 2015. Her husband, Otto Spurny, died April 24, 2015.

Jane Bozworth Frey, C’44, Lenexa, Kan., died on Apr. 17, 2017. She is the mother of Anne Frey Keeley, C’75.

Patricia Hanne Frick, C’46, Shingle Springs, Calif., died Mar. 19, 2013.

Charlotte Smith Carter, C’46, St. Paul, Kan., died May 22, 2017.

Alberta Doege Welch, A’46, Rapid City, S.D., lost her husband, John, on Mar. 15, 2017.

Mary Mahoney Bianco, C’48, Prairie Village, Kan., died Mar. 23, 2014.

Sheila Shepherd Crocker, C’48, Topeka, Kan., died June 13, 2017.


Catherine Beuerlein Jacques, C’50, Los Angeles, Calif., died Feb. 5, 2017.

Laura Williams Ferguson, C’51, Mesa, Ariz., died March 17, 2017.

Margaret Michenfelder Eigenman, C’53, Troy, Mo., died May 6, 2017.

Mary Maca, C’53, Oklahoma City, Okla., May 11, 2017.

Joann Redeker Colot, C’55, Matawan, N.J., died June 19, 2017. She was a close cousin to Thelma Eckelkamp Kline, C’54. For over 50 years, their families shared holidays together in New Jersey.

Joyce Mackin Solomon, C’56, Olathe, Kan., lost her husband, Harold, on June 14, 2017. She shares this loss with her sister, Jeanne Mackin Broussard, C’56, Houston.

Ellen Corkle Viens, C’59, Fort Collins, Colo., lost her husband, Joachim, on July 31, 2016. She shares this loss with her sisters, Rose Mary Corkle Mohr, C’59, Andover, Kan. and Cera Corkle DeFeo, C’68, Dallas.



In the  previous Aspire, our note for Ann Strecker, C’65, was incorrect.

The following is corrected. Ann Strecker, C’65, Topeka, Kan., lost her sister-in-law Mary Ann, on Jan. 3, 2017. She shares this loss with her sister-in-law, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Strecker, A’50, C’54, Leavenworth, Kan.

We apologize for the error.

Jean Marie Hiesberger, C’63, Kansas City, Mo., died June 15, 2017.

Joan Cooper Vidmar, C’64, Pueblo, Colo., lost her husband, Dennis, on June 12, 2017.

Sister Marie Helen Grieshaber, C’65, Leavenworth, Kan., died on April 2, 2017.

Teresa Santee Thummel, C’67, Lenexa, Kan., died April 21, 2017. She is the sister of Pamela Santee Hughes, C’68.

Anne Morrissey Walz, C’67, Montpelier, Vt., died on April 20, 2017.

Linda Spano Jenkins, C’68, Alexandria, La., lost her husband, Gary, on June 16, 2017.
Teresa “Terry” Stremel, C’68, Overland Park, Kan., lost her mother, Marguerite, on May 28, 2017. She shares this loss with her sister, Brenda Stremel, C’71, Leawood, Kan.


Rita Meyers Kross, C’71, Lenexa, Kan., died July 11, 2017.

Patrice Sevier Halbach, C’74, Minneapolis, lost her father, Theodore, on June 3, 2017.


Mary Denzel Sundermeyer, C’82, Dunlap, Ill., lost her father, Charles, on June 2, 2017.

Louwane Bishop Courtney, C’83, Dallas, lost her brother, Brian, on July 5, 2017.

Rebecca “Becky” Berger, C’84, Macon, Mo., lost father, Leroy “Corkey” Berger, on May 9, 2017.

Ann Mader Lutz, C’87, Ottawa, Kan., lost her father, Joe, on June 10, 2017. She shares this loss with her sister, Amy Mader, C’97, Garnett, Kan.; nephew, Candi Hermreck Powell, U’07, Kincaid, Kan.; cousins, Kristie Holmes Ossello, C’92, Topeka, Kan., Kelly Holmes Douglas, C’95, Eureka, Kan., and Michelle Lickteig Perry, C’94, Kansas City, Mo.


Paul Leetz, C’92, Kansas City, Mo., lost his sister, Constance Tice, on April 18, 2017.

James Dickerson, C’92., Kansas City, Kan., lost his mother, Wanda, on April 22, 2017. He shares this loss with his sisters, Patricia Dickerson, C’06, Leavenworth, Kan., Laurice Dickeron, C’14, Leavenworth, Kan., son, Melvin Spears, III, current student, niece, India Dickerson, current student, nephew, Freddie Wilson, C’14, and aunt, Linda Westbrook-Smith, adjunct nursing instructor.

Jann Kelchner Rider, C’95, Kansas City, Mo., died May 4, 2017.


Jamie Kelsey, U’12, Kansas City, Kan., lost her mother, Anna Marie, on March 11, 2017.

Friends & Family

James E. Coffman, Leavenworth, Kan., died July 9, 2017. James worked in the maintenance department for over 12 years.

Dr. David Greene, former psychology program co-director and professor in psychology, lost his mother on January 2, 2017.

Dr. Brian Hughes, professor of theology, lost his father, Bill, on April 2, 2017.

Sr. Paula Rose Jauernig, adjunct faculty, lost her brother-in-law, Merlin, on Nov. 29, 2016.

Dr. Nancy King, professor of psychology, lost her mother, Shirley, on Feb. 22, 2017.

Dr. William Krusemark, professor of music, Sister Janet McGilley Chair, lost his mother, Doris Elaine, on July 9, 2017.

Susan Nelson, associate professor of art, lost her mother, Betty, Dec. 6, 2016.

Lisa Nevins, development officer, lost her father on Nov. 26, 2016.

Melanie McClure Stroda, assistant professor in nursing, lost her sister, Gretchen, on March 17, 2017.

Freda Talley, Leavenworth, Kan., died on April 22, 2017. She worked for Saint Mary College in the 90s.

Anthony “Tony” Todd, maintenance department (over 25 years), lost his mother, Ruth, on April 15, 2017.

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