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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sister Mary Walter Swann

  • The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Mary Walter Swann, 89, who died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at St. John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kansas.
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  • The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Mary Walter Swann, 89, who died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at St. John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kansas.
    Rubye Mary Swann was born on July 7, 1923 in Denver, Colorado one of two children of Walter H. and Irene E. Renken Swann. She graduated from Columbian Grade School and North High School, Denver. Rubye entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 14, 1945 and, as Sister Mary Walter, made her profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1947 and began a career in nursing and hospital administration.
    Sister Mary Walter received a diploma from the Providence Hospital School of Nursing, KCK; a BS in Nursing from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth; completed a residency at Mercy Hospital, Toledo, Ohio; and later received a Master's degree in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University. She was appointed Administrator of St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, a position she held for 19 years before going to St. Joseph Hospital in Denver as Vice-President of Clinical Services. In 1994 Sister was named Director of Mission Outreach for Exempla-St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, providing equipment, supplies and clothing to foreign and domestic missions and later moved into Mission Services. She retired to Ross Hall in 2011.
    Survivors include her sister Gloria Bradley, niece Gloria Bradley, and nephew Edward Bradley, Arvada, CO; and nephew David Bradley of Lakewood, CO; friends, and her SCL community.
    A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. R. L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048.

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