Former Sister, Irene Amparo Bonilla, dies in Wichita

October 27, 2016 by

Information provided by Koup Family Funeral Home — Eureka, Kan.

Irene Amparo Bonilla

Irene Amparo Bonilla

Irene Amparo Bonilla, of Wichita, Kansas, died on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, at the age of 79.

She was born on May 10, 1937, in Howard, Kan., the daughter of Anastasio and Francisca (Martinez) Arguelles. She was raised in Eureka and graduated from Eureka High School. After graduation she attended University of Saint Mary in Salina, completing a bachelor’s degree in education. While in college, she took vows and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kan., as Sister Maria Francisca. After completing her degree, she taught in elementary schools all around the state.

She later left the convent for health reasons in the late 1960s. On June 6, 1970, Irene was united in marriage to Jesse Acención Bonilla in Eureka. They made their home in Wichita. He preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2002.

She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Wichita.

She is survived by two step-children, J.G. Bonilla and Melina Bonilla, both of California; five sisters, Petra Walker of Fort Worth, Texas, Judy Arguelles and Pauline Arguelles, both of Eureka, and Donna Escareno and Connie Murillo, both of Wichita; and numerous nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Celso Arguelles, Raymond Arguelles, Celso Arguelles and Joseph Arguelles; and two sisters, Delfina Brown and Maria Ortiz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Stephen Gronert officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka, Kan.  Rosary recitation will begin at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka KS  67045, which is overseeing service arrangements.  Condolences may be left for the family online at



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