Sister Viola Sister Heichelbech

March 8, 1915July 1, 2018

Sister Viola (Agatha Ann) Heichelbech, 103, was born March 8, 1915 in Wichita, KS, the youngest of four children born to Thomas and Mary Scheidt Heichelbech, and entered eternal life July 1, 2018.

Her elementary education began at St. Anthony Elementary School, followed by high school at Cathedral High School in Wichita and St. Mary of the Plains Academy in Dodge City, KS. She entered the Congregation of St. Joseph and was received March 19, 1931, with final profession of vows August 15, 1936.

Her early ministries began as a domestic, keeping house for Sister teachers and caring for children at the orphanage in El Dorado. For a few years she also kept house for two Bishops, one in Wichita, one in Dodge City. Her education continued at Fontbonne College in St. Louis where she obtained certification as a Dietitian and a Food Service Administrator. This began many years of service in the Congregation hospitals in Parsons, Halstead, Winfield, Wichita, Pratt, Ulysses, and Dodge City in Kansas, and Ponca City, OK. For two years, because of her mother’s advanced age and deteriorating health Sr. Viola cared for her mother who died just two months shy of her 104th birthday. She then cared for her sister for 5 years. Preceded in death by her parents and siblings, she is survived by her niece Viola Mode of Derby, nephew Melvin Butterfield and a number of grandnieces and nephews.

The Homecoming will be July 5, 3:00 p.m., followed by the Wake at 6:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be July 6 at 10:30 in Resurrection Chapel, all at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. or to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.


  • Homegoing Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Wake Service Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, July 6, 2018

Sister Viola Sister Heichelbech

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Harry Simpson

July 4, 2018

Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done.