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Obituary for Sister Ramona Medina — March 14, 1937 – July 16, 2021

Sister Ramona Medina died July 16, 2021, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, Kansas. She was 84 years old and a religious sister for 66 years. She was born in La Jara, Colorado, on March 14, 1937, to Juan and Celina Romero Medina, the thirteenth of fourteen children, and was baptized Elvira Elidia. She entered the Atchison Benedictine Order in 1955, then transferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, Kansas, on Dec. 21, 1980. On Dec. 11, 1955, Elvira received the habit and was given the name Sister Ramona. She kept this name when she transferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas. She pronounced first vows on Dec. 16, 1956 and final vows on Jan. 1, 1959.

Sister Ramona received a B.S. in education in 1970 from Mt. St. Scholastica College, Atchison, Kansas. In 1983 she received a B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. Sister Ramona worked as an occupational therapist in Shawnee Mission, Kansas City, Onaga, Ellsworth and McPherson, Kansas, and in Lakeland, Florida. She was elected to the Leadership Council of the Congregation in 1999 and served for eight years as a regional coordinator. In 2009 she co-founded the Neighbor to Neighbor ministry in Concordia, Kansas.

Sister Ramona was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and six sisters. She is survived by two sisters, Sister Celinda Medina of Atchison and Sister Rebecca Medina of Framingham, Massachusetts; and one brother, Luis of Monte Vista, Colorado.

A Bible Vigil Service will be held 7 p.m. July 20 in the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel with Sister Judy Stephens as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. July 21 in the Motherhouse Chapel, Father Barry Brinkman presiding. If you have not been fully vaccinated we ask that you wear a mask and social distance out of consideration for those who are immunocompromised.

The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Chaput Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials for Sister Ramona Medina may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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6 thoughts on “Obituary for Sister Ramona Medina — March 14, 1937 – July 16, 2021

  • Marcie Lucero

    Heaven truly gained an angel today. Sister Ramona was filled with the Holy Spirit that shined through her loving personality. She was such a joy to communicate with. Her beauty and talent will be a treasure missed here on earth. I know she is going to be super busy serving and praying for us in heaven, but like so many I am sad she is no longer here. Until we meet again I will treasure the memories and the art she left behind. I love you sister you are so special to me and my family.

  • Marilyn (Sr Sally) Carpenter, OSB

    I dear friend. We entered in Atchison the same summer and would sometimes meet in Atchison over the years.
    I loved her smile, her positive and grateful attitude. What a wonderful person and classmate
    I probably won’t be able to be at the funeral because of scheduled conflicts here in Colo, but know I am with you in loving presence

  • Bob & Cindy Williams

    We will always remember Sister Ramona as one of the most loving, compassionate, and optimistic person we have ever known. She always shared her “sunshine” wherever, and with whomever she came in contact with.

    May God’s beautiful angels usher Sister Ramona into our Father’s heavenly presence. May she have eternal life and perpetual light shine upon her for eternity.

    Condolences to all of her family and her dear Sister Emily Brito who was her faithful companion. May Jesus bring you comfort in your deepest sorrow.

  • Sr. Rene Weeks, OP

    What a wonderful grace-filled woman! I was privileged to meet her when I ministered in her home parish in Capulin, Colorado. Over the years I grew to appreciate her gentle spirit and her real sense of care for others. Bless you, Ramona. May you enjoy eternal life!

  • Marge Tansley

    I remember Sister Ramona as a kind, gentle person with a ready and sweet smile. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” My condolences to her sister, Sister Celinda, the sisters of St. Joseph and all those who knew her.

  • Marguerite Thompson

    What a beautiful and faithful sister in Christ and amazing community person. So grateful for her life!

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