Rest in peace, Tipton native Sister Eula Linnebur CSJ

Served for a time in Fayette, Glasgow, Slater


Sister Eula Linnebur, 87, of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died on Feb. 17 in Wichita, Kansas.

She had been a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph for 72 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated privately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1934, in Tipton, the ninth of 11 children born to Edward and Leona Kramer Linnebur.

She attended St. Andrew School in Tipton and entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita, receiving the habit on March 20, 1950, and making final vows July 26, 1956.

During those years, she completed high school and college, earning a degree in education from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City.

She taught at elementary schools and did pastoral ministry in Kansas, Missouri, and California.

In the Diocese of Jefferson City, she worked in Fayette, Glasgow and Slater, all while working toward a master’s degree in Religious Education and Theology from Saint Louis University in St. Louis. She received the degree in 1978.

She learned sign language and spent 17 years working in ministry to people with hearing impairments.

Her formal assignments and ministries covered a wide range of duties and responsibilities, but she still found time for other interests. She enjoyed crafts, and her talents for special-occasion origami and napkin-folding brought a festive touch to the congregation dining rooms.

As “Son Glow,” she provided years of spiritual healing though her clown ministry.

Preceding her in death were her parents, five sisters and four brothers.

In addition to members of her religious community, she is survived by one brother, Linus, as well as nieces and nephews.

Memorials for her may be sent to the Retirement Fund for the Sisters of St. Joseph or to Dear Neighbor/StepStone, both at 3700 E. Lincoln St., Wichita, KS 67218.