In Memoriam

We are always saddened to hear about the passing of Saint Mary alumni and friends. This year especially, we had several families ask about making memorial contributions to Saint Mary. We are incredibly honored to help remember and celebrate the lives of our beloved Saint Marians. If you would like to make a memorial gift in honor of a Saint Marian that has passed, you can send a check to the University of Saint Mary at 4100 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations Manager Dannie Harris at or 913-758-6219.

Mary Holligan, C’39, La Grange Park, Ill., died on July 26.

Charleen Hawkes Bennett, C’46, Granada Hills, Calif., died on
Nov. 15.

Millie Mulligan Cox, A’46, Kansas City, Mo., died on Aug. 8.

Margaret Cassidy Piacentine, C’46, Tempe, Ariz., died on Sept. 5.

Mary Franklin Hagan, C’47, Salt Lake City, Utah, died on Nov. 17.

Sr. Marie Brinkman, C’48, Leavenworth, Kan., died on June 17, 2020. Sr. Marie was an instructor in the Saint Mary English department for 38 years before her retirement
in 2001.

Lottie Mulligan Cianciolo, A’48, Independence, Mo., died on Feb. 21.

Betty VanderStaay Lietzen, A’48, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Dec. 13.

Philomena Ridgway O’Connell, C’48, Clifton, Va., died on Sept. 21.

Edna Selbe Wood, C’48, Cheyenne, Wyo., died on Aug. 20.

Eloise Rentchler Kipp, C’49, Olathe, Kan., died on Aug. 3. Eloise served on the Kansas City Alumni Council for several years.

Agnes Montague Wright, C’49, Topeka, Kan., died on Nov. 6.

Mercedes Foster Craughwell, A’50, C’64, Topeka, Kan., died
on Aug. 20. Mercedes was an SCL associate.

Sr. Rose Dolores Hoffelmeyer, C’50, Leavenworth, Kan., died on June 12, 2020.

Colleen Reardon LaPorte, C’50, Santa Fe, N.M., died on Nov. 9.

Theresa Dercher Ruzick, C’50, Mission, Kan., died on Oct. 19.

Virginia Cain Vickers, C’50, Lawrence, Kan., died on Dec. 4.

Barbara Marak Folkner, C’53, Prairie Village, Kan., died on Nov. 24.

Mary Horvat, C’54, Broomfield, Colo., died on May 11, 2020.

Pat Long Stein, C’54, Mesa, Ariz., died on Oct. 14.

Mary Kuhn Cash, C’55, Kansas City, Mo., died on May 21, 2020.

Catherine Grout Turpin, C’55, Oklahoma City, Okla., died on
Nov. 10.

Sr. Regina Ann Green, C’56, Denver, Colo., died on July 13.

Susan Holman Murphy, C’57, Carmel, Ind., died on July 16.

Celia Orr Schoeberle, C’57, St. Louis, Mo., died on Oct. 11.

Sr. Mary Josepha Talle, C’57, Leavenworth, Kan., died on
March 13.

Noreen Azzarelli, C’58, Kansas City, Mo., died on Jan. 29.

Patricia Kain Lester, C’58, Independence, Mo., died on Jan. 9.

Sharon McDonald Connors, C’59, Anaconda, Mont., died on Jan. 1.

Sr. Jane Albert Mehrens, C’59, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Oct. 10.

Charlene Reichenbach Jacops, C’60, Denver, Colo., died on Dec. 22, 2019.

Rosalie Townsend Stull, C’60, Lansing, Kan., died on Oct. 2. She was the sister of Mary Kaye Townsend Pedziwater, C’64.

Katherine Larkin Crume, C’61, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Feb. 20.

Sr. Gertrude Kotthoff, C’61, Oklahoma City, Okla., died on Dec. 30.

Marjorie Oswald Verbrugge, C’61, Overland Park, Kan., died on Feb. 11.

Sr. Josephine Bustos, C’63, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Dec. 30.

Mary Essner Hein, C’63, Wichita, Kan., died on Aug. 18.

Mary Ann Hayter Bradley, C’65, Corte Bella, Ariz., died on Jan. 10.

Judith Line Jennings, C’65, Des Moines, Iowa, died on Dec. 7.

Sr. Roberta O’Leary, C’65, Lansing, Kan., died on July 5.

Carol Kapustka Ozenberger, C’68, Corpus Christi, Texas, died on Dec. 18.

Dolores Oviedo Sillimon, C’70, Lee’s Summit, Mo., died on Nov. 25.

Mary Jo Good, C’74, Grand Junction, Colo., died on Oct. 30.

Vicki Terbovich, C’75, Los Angeles, Calif., died on Oct. 3.

Laurie Darley Kunze, C’78, Grand Junction, Colo., died on March 15.

Michele Lane Forge, C’80, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Feb. 23. Michele was the daughter of Flo Lane, A’51; and the sister of Monica Guenther-Anderson, C’77, Mary Von Lane Olsen, C’78, Margie Lane Laird, C’83, and Melinda Lane-Walls, C’86. Michelle was also the mother of Luke Forge, U’04, Rebecca Forge Evans, U’07 (Michael Evans, U’06), and Michaela Forge Schattle, U’10 (Robert Schattle, U’11).

Kathy Friend Boyer, C’82, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Nov. 30. Kathy was the aunt of Michelle Friend-Coon, C’94.

Ann Blanton Widener, C’83, Granada, Colo., died on May 1, 2020.

Jessica Wilson Carpenter, C’00, Round Rock, Texas, died on Sept. 10.

Jacob Hayes, U’14, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Dec. 30. Jacob was working at Saint Mary as a student success coach at the time of his passing.

Friends of Saint Mary
Dolores Reardon, Kansas City, Mo., died on Sept. 17. Dolores was a longtime resident of Leavenworth and a friend to Saint Mary.

Sr. Patricia Mae Stanley, Wichita, Kan., died on Nov. 6. Sr. Patricia taught at Saint Mary from 1992-96.

Sr. Bernadette Marie Teasdale, Leavenworth, Kan., died on Nov. 5. Sr. Bernadette worked at Saint Mary from 1965-80, teaching in the English department for the first five years and serving as assistant development director for the last 10 years.

Judith Luan Wiedower, Leavenworth, Kan., died on June 5, 2020. Judy was the director of financial aid at Saint Mary from 1985-2011.

Carolyn Mueller Willingham, C’58, Leavenworth, Kan., died on May 16. Prior to her passing, Carolyn lost her husband, Paul, on December 7.

Agnes Lipovac Phelps, C’60, Independence, Mo., lost her husband, Don, on July 14.

Sr. Mary Arthel Cline, C’61, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her brother, Dan Cline, on Dec. 6.

Marietta Wieseler Soukup, C’61, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Sr. Barbara Wieseler, C’67, Grand Island, Neb., lost their sister, Rita Koch, on July 25.

Mary Alice Bramming, C’65, Denver, Colo., lost her brother, John Bramming, on Dec. 4.

Sr. Marie Carmel Dunning, C’66, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her brother, Richard, on Oct. 16.

Alicia Cruz Reilly, C’66, Chesterfield, Mo., lost her husband, John, on Oct. 7.

Judy Vasos-Baczewski, C’66, Oakland, Calif., lost her sister, Linda Vasos Madigan, on
Sept. 20.

Carol Thorson Hartegan, C’67, Lenexa, Kan., lost her husband, Gary, on June 21, 2020 – just one week after celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Dr. Christine Peschka Milyard, C’68, Mesilla Park, N.M., lost her husband, Bill, on March 5.

Sr. Mary Rosaleen Driscoll, C’69, Topeka, Kan., lost her sister, Rosalie, on Dec. 10. She shares this loss with Rosalie’s niece, Sr. Maureen Kehoe, C’71, Topeka, Kan.

Phyllis Cawley Forchee, C’69, St. Louis, Mo., lost her daughter on June 13, 2020.

Karen Lambrecht Mead, C’70, Topeka, Kan., lost her oldest brother, Joseph, on Sept. 15.

Sr. Kathleen Wood, C’70, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her brother, Daniel, on June 7, 2020.

Ivonne Perez Mauton, C’71, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her husband, Doug, on Feb. 17. She shares this loss with her daughter, Amy Mauton, C’98.

Ellie Sharpe Sigafoose, C’73, Council Bluffs, Iowa, lost her husband, Steven, on Jan. 28.

Darlene Frederick Summerour, C’73, Shawnee, Kan., lost her mother, LaVern Frederick, on Jan. 3. LaVern worked at Saint Mary in housekeeping before retiring.

Denise Thorpe Walker, C’73, Miami, Fla., lost her mother, Fannie, on May 27, 2020.

Elaine Ruether Nick, C’75, Belton, Mo., lost her husband, Tom, in October.

Kathleen McClain Fogarty, C’82, Shawnee, Kan., lost her son, Michael, on Nov. 19. Kathleen is a member of the Saint Mary Board of Trustees.

Kathy Klug, C’84, Coatesville, Pa., lost her mother, Margaret, on Feb. 7.

Beatrice “Ruth” Wake, C’88, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her father, Leo Wake, on Feb. 24.

Sr. Jennifer Gordon, C’08, Broomfield, Colo., lost her father, John Gordon, on April 19, 2020. She shares this loss with her mother, Marilyn. John was a former member of the Saint Mary Board of Trustees.

Sr. Elizabeth Youngs, Leavenworth, Kan., lost her brother, Jim, on July 25. Sr. Elizabeth is the director of the Doctorate in Education program at USM.

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