Sister Philomena Hrencher, OP
Former teacher, president and CEO of Central Kansas dies
Sister Philomena Hrencher, 95, died Sept. 14, 2018, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary, Great Bend. Father Robert Schremmer, V.G., celebrated the Liturgy of Christian Burial at the Dominican Chapel of the Plains. Burial followed in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.
Born Oct. 24, 1923, in Sharon, Kan., as Irene Mary Hrencher, Sister Philomena was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Eck) Hrencher. A religious vocation from St. Boniface Parish, she entered the Dominican Sisters Sept. 14, 1937, and pronounced her first vows Aug.13, 1941. Sister Philomena celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2016.
From 1943 to 1955, Sister Philomena taught in the parish schools at St. Mary, Chase; St. Leo at St. Leo; St. John the Evangelist, Clonmel; St. Joseph, Beaver; and St. Anthony, Fowler. After receiving her Masters in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University, she coordinated the four hospitals sponsored by the Dominican Sisters and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. Later she served as Assistant Treasurer for the Dominican Sisters and as a Councilor on the Sisters Leadership Team. She retired at the motherhouse in 1991.
In her homily at Sister’s funeral service, Sister Renee Dreiling shared many fond memories of Sister Philomena – from her peaceful, prayerful manner, to her kindness to the Sisters in the Infirmary and their families, to her great love of baseball and Kansas City Royals – and of her love for her siblings and her family.
Sister Philomena was preceeded in death by her siblings: Francis Hrencher, Ruthelma Hallam, Ida Thieme, Clarence Hrencher and Josephine Inslee. She is survived by one sister, Claudine Meng, of Severy, Kan., 37 nieces and nephews and her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community.
Memorials in honor of Sister Philomena may be sent to: Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus OH 43219-2098.