In Memoriam – Fall 2018



Margaret Fay, C’38, Kansas City, Mo., died on July 10, 2018. She is the great-grandmother of Emily Gripka, U’13, Tonganoxie, Kan.


Anne “Irene” Collins Duff, A’46, Leavenworth, Kan., died on May 19, 2018. She is the sister of Marie Garrison Duffin, A’38*, Marion McShane Duffin, A’38*, Mary Giese Duffin, A’46

Rose Mary Behee Holmes, A’48, Leavenworth, Kan., died Aug. 14, 2018.

Jeanne Finney Massing, A’48, Basehor, Kan. died July 27, 2018.

Sr. Margaret Marie, SCL, C’48, Kansas City, Mo., died on March 1, 2018. Sr. Margaret Marie served the SCL for 71 years.

Virginia Welling Krpan, C’48, Kansas City, Mo., died on Nov. 8, 2018.


Mary Alice Nugent Daniels, C’50, Overland Park, Kan., died on May 2, 2018.

Colleen Reardon LaPorte, C’50, Santa Fe, N.M., lost her brother, Joe, on April 12, 2018.

Sr. Jean Highberger, SCL, C’51, Westphalia, Kan., died on May 23, 2018. She served the SCL for 69 years.

Mary Alice Passman Murphy, C’52, Topeka, Kan., lost her husband, Kevin, on July 15, 2018. Kevin served on the Saint Mary College President’s Council for many years. He was an advocate for the endowment and endowed scholarship program.

Charlotte Turner Simmons, C’54. Clayton, Calif., died on Aug. 3, 2018.

Sr. Mary Ellen Beyhan, SCL, A’ 55, died on March 29, 2018. Sr. Mary Ellen served the SCL for 71 years.

Angela DeWilde Kennedy, C’57, Bel Aire, Kan., lost her husband, Gerry, on May 26, 2018. Angela shares this loss with her sister, Mary Lou Dewilde Efinger, C’61, Waverly, Kan., Gerry’s sister, Noreen Heiss, C’58, Littleton, Colo., and aunt Sr. Genitha Regan, SCL, C’69, Leavenworth, Kan.

Sr. Roberta Furey, SCL, C’57, Kansas City, Mo., died on May 28, 2018. Sr. Roberta served the SCL for 48 years.

James G. Gregg, C’58, Kansas City, Mo., died Monday, June 18, 2018.

Joan Cullen Wagner, C’58, Bozeman, Mon., died on June 19, 2018.


Joan Fitzpatrick, C’64, Ephraim, Wis., lost her husband, Walt Fisher, on Aug. 30, 2018.

Pauline Taffe McCormick, C’ 65, West Boylston, Mass., died on April 1, 2018.


Sister Mary Robert Walker, C’73, Savannah, Mo., died on March 2018.

Christine Engemann Harris, C’74, Washington, Mo., lost Wayne, her husband of 23 years, on May 10, 2018.

Anne Lueckenhoff Doerr, C’75, St. Louis, Mo., lost her brother, William, on July 27, 2018.


Jude De Almeida, C’80, Edmonton, Canada, lost her mother, Lucy, on June 25, 2018.

James Siler, C’89, Kansas City, Mo., died on July 16, 2018.


John Larson, C’94, Smyrna, Ga., lost his mother, Mary, on June 2, 2018. He shares this loss with his family and brother, Paul Leetz, C’92, Kansas City, Mo.


Jonathan Kirby, U’04, director of facilities, Merriam, Kan., lost his grandmother, Charolette Schwenk, on Aug. 30, 2018. He shares this loss with his family and his mother, Sharon Schwenk Kirby, C’81, Leavenworth, Kan.

Bill Elvin, U’04, Lenexa, Kan., lost his father, Chuck, on June 20, 2018.


John Shultz, M’15, vice president of admissions and marketing, Overland Park, Kan., lost his father on Jan. 2, 2018.

Friends & Family

Richard (Dick) Coulter, friend of Saint Mary, Chanute, Kan., died Dec. 7, 2017. Dick is the father of Heather Coulter, C’01*, who died in 2002.

Ashley Creek, emerging technologies librarian, lost her grandfather, Russell, on March 28, 2018.

Melissa Goldenberg, adjunct professor at the Saint Mary Overland Park campus, died Sept. 18, 2017.

Robert Hrabak, friend of Saint Mary, Topeka, Kan., died June 11, 2013.

Dr. Bob McCallister, professor emeritus, Lincoln, Neb., died May 11, 2018.

Karen McWilliams, friend of Saint Mary, Boise, Idaho, died July 7, 2016.

Barbara Mika, friend of Saint Mary, Prairie Village, Kan., lost her husband, Eugene, on Aug. 15, 2018. Barbara shares this loss with her son, Bob Mika. Eugene was the grandfather of Katie Mika, a freshman student who died in 2001.

Rob Miller, Saint Mary athletic director and baseball coach, lost his father, Lee, on Nov. 21, 2017.

Tom Murphy, Hillsboro, Texas, died Oct. 24, 2017. He was the husband of Celia Saunders Murphy, C’52, who died Nov. 12, 2006. The family suggested donations to the Celia Saunders Murphy endowed scholarship in lieu of flowers.

Regina Lupica Passarella, friend of Saint Mary, Williamsburg, Va., died on March 5, 2017.

Lisa Potoka, Saint Mary dean of students, lost her grandmother, Elizabeth Klotz, on Sept. 20, 2017.

Elaine Skoch, friend of Saint Mary, Granby, Colo., lost her mother, Eleanor, on Jan. 26, 2018.


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