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Sister Louise Hageman OP 1932 - 2011

POSTED July 25, 2011 4:59 p.m.


Sister Louise Hageman, 78, died July 25, 2011, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary, Great Bend.

Born Nov. 26, 1932, in Willowdale, as Rita Hageman, Sister Louise was the daughter of Fred and Louise Schulte Hageman. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend June 13, 1948, and pronounced her first vows June 11, 1951. She celebrated 60 years of religious profession this year.

Sister Louise began her ministerial life as a teacher of elementary students in seven different parochial schools of Kansas. After completing studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sister Louise served on the Formation Team for young religious of Great Bend for about 10 years and then as Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend for eight years. Following continued studies in the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., she served as Director of the Spirituality Program at Benet Hill Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Since 1989 Sister Louise has served on the staff of Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend as its director, then co-director, and finally as a staff member and consultant.

Sister Louise is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community, one brother and four sisters: Richard of Spivey, Rosemary Kennedy of Frankfort, Alice Demuth of Dodge City, Leora Adelhardt of Wichita and Phyllis Lopez of Topeka – all of Kansas.

Sister Louise’s body will be brought to the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, where it will lie in state until the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Robert Schremmer presiding. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery. Both the vigil and the funeral will be held at the convent (see chapel address above).

Memorials in honor of Sister Louise may be sent to: Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus OH 43219-2098.

Friends may call at the convent on Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the vigil service at 7 p.m. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements by

Bryant Funeral Home*

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 26, 2011


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