Sister Amata Pantel, 95, died Aug. 24, at the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary, in Great Bend. Born April 25, 1918, in Wakefield, as Josephine Pantel, Sister Amata was the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Bower Pantel. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community Aug. 28, 1934, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 12, 1937. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2012. Sister Amata gave much of her ministerial life to domestic work in the sisters’ missions, laundries, kitchens and sewing rooms. Later she served as a teacher aide, gardener at the motherhouse, and in home health services. She retired in 1994.
Survivors include her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community; one brother, Ernest of Palisade, Colo.; and one sister, Betty Lou Evans of Denver, Colo.
Sister Amata’s body was brought to the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, at 4 p.m. on Monday, where it will lie in state until the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with Rev. James Hoover presiding and the Rev. Anselm Eke co-celebrating. A wake service was held at 7 p.m. on Monday. Burial will be in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery. Both the wake and the funeral will be held at the convent. Friends may call at the convent from 8 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass on Tuesday morning. Memorials in honor of Sister Amata may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus OH 43219-2098. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, Ks. 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Aug. 27, 2013