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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sister Regan led fundraising for Guadalupe Clinic

BY HURST LAVIANA
The Wichita Eagle

Sister Kathleen Regan was a lifeline for the Guadalupe Clinic in Wichita.

As the director of stewardship and development, she led fundraising efforts for the clinic, which offers health care for people in need.

"Her most important goal in life was to make sure that everybody who gave something got a thank you," said Marlene Dreiling, executive director of the clinic. "It didn't make any difference if you gave a dollar or $10,000, everybody got a thank you."

Sister Regan died Tuesday after a short illness. She was 87 and was active at the clinic until the week before her death. Services were held Thursday at Wichita's Blessed Sacrament Church.

Sister Regan was a natural fit for the clinic, according to her cousin, June Regan.

"She just had a way about her," June Regan said. "She wouldn't come out and ask you for money, but you would hand it to her.

"I'm not going to say everybody loved her, but I think just about everybody did. She was a lady before her time."

Sister Regan was born in Independence and served for 25 years as a teacher and principal in Catholic elementary schools in Wichita, Dodge City and Kansas City, Kan.

In the mid-1970s, Sister Regan taught in the education department at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. She later served as

assistant to the president of the college on the east campus, which was located at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita.

Sister Regan joined Guadalupe Clinic in 1993, and helped start what is now the Guadalupe Health Foundation. She was instrumental in starting the Midwest Winefest, a major fundraiser for the clinic.

June Regan said her cousin would be dearly missed by an extended family that included a sister and many cousins.

"She never missed birthdays," she said. "She never missed any family affairs. I think we all thought she'd live on forever."

Dreiling said Sister Regan also would be missed at the clinic.

"You could never replace Sister Kathleen," she said. "But her ideals and her mission will be carried on at the clinic, and her spirit will always be with us."

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com.

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