Sr. Mary Lillian Landauer

Sister Mary Lillian Landauer, 97, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) for 76 years, died on Jan. 6, 2018 in Ross Hall at the SCL Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Dedication to her religious vocation, commitment to the profession of nursing, and love of her family and heritage characterized Sister’s life. Mary Regina (nicknamed Marie) was born July 21, 1920 in Ellis, Kansas, the third of 11 children of Joseph and Sophie C. Gilsinger Landauer. A child of the Depression, she attended rural public schools in western Kansas, and was a graduate of Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie, Kansas. Eager to attend college, Marie worked a year then began the nursing program at Saint Mary College, Leavenworth. During her first retreat, she felt called to religious life. She entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on June 15, 1941, and professed vows as Sister Mary Lillian on Dec. 19, 1942.

The next month, Sister Mary Lillian resumed nurse’s training at St. John’s Hospital, Helena, Montana, graduating in 1945. In 1971, she received her bachelor’s in nursing education at Saint Mary College. Her health ministry spanned several nursing specialties at SCL hospitals in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming. She was a nurse or nurse supervisor throughout her active ministry except for two brief assignments as a hospital administrator. Sister Mary Lillian remained grateful for the opportunity to care for patients, especially those who were poor and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. She concluded her health ministry at St. Joseph Home, Kansas City, Kansas, and the SCL Mother House. She retired in 1993 and moved to Ross Hall, the SCL skilled nursing facility, in 2006.

Sister Mary Lillian had great devotion to the Blessed Mother. She credited several SCLs who taught her at Saint Mary College with supporting her religious vocation and influencing her life as a woman religious. Known for her cheerfulness and helpfulness, Sister Mary Lillian summed up her life as “a very full, rich and rewarding experience.“

Preceding Sister Mary Lillian in death were her parents; her brothers Joseph, Robert, Eugene and Aaron; and her sister Anna Terry. Survivors include her sisters Marcella Wyatt, Alton, Missouri; Agnes Shepherd, Rocklin, California; Margaret Smith, St. Louis, Missouri; and Laurena Seymour and Kathleen Keylon, Tonganoxie, Kansas; her sister-in-law Anna Mary Landauer, Basehor, Kansas; nieces, nephews and cousins, and the SCL Community.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 in Ross Chapel, SCL Mother House, Leavenworth. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Mother House grounds. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048. Arrangements by R.L. Leintz Funeral Home