Snippet of Conversation: Lois Liners ’46

Tara Maas and Lois Liners pose for a photo.

Lois Liners ’46, a social work major, participated in a Bennie Conversation with Tara Maas ’14 in Watertown, Wisconsin, in April. Lois was married to Dr. Robert (Bob) Liners (SJU ’49), who passed away in 2016. They are the parents of Mary Liners Schuett ’75 and grandparents of Sarah Kersbergen Ruiz ’05. Lois and Bob, a dentist, spent their retirement doing over 65 mission trips, bringing dental services to 12 countries.

“Saint Ben’s showed me that I could (find my place in the world), because it gave me the opportunity to actually speak out, to actually be part of it. I don’t even know if they have the junior league of women voters anymore, but (Saint Ben’s) made me really more aware of the political and spiritual world, and not that it’s just an everyday life. Life encompasses so much more than what you have in your own little area.”

“Saint Ben’s gave me a lot of opportunities to speak – to do public speaking. And Sister Mariella (Gable)’s advocacy for writing was important. If you can write … even now I love to write letters and I learned how to do that at Saint Ben’s.“If you had to list the things in my life that were most important to me, Saint Ben’s would be right up there on the top. It somehow defined who I was; who I wanted to be.”