Antoinette DeLorbe, FSPA '51
February 24, 1922 - March 21, 2012
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Sr. Antoinette taught music at Viterbo for a total of 26 years, from 1971-1997. She retired at Villa St. Joseph.
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Friends may call after 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25
at St. Rose Convent
6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2012
Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent
Mass of Christian Burial
10 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012
followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Antoinette DeLorbe, FSPA
Sister Antoinette DeLorbe, FSPA, 90, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the sixty-seventh year of her religious profession.
Since 2007 Sister Antoinette has been a resident of the Villa. In late October she was anointed and again on March 15. Her condition had been steadily declining. She spoke with her brother John and was with her friend Sr. Rita Rathburn several times during the final week of her life. She died peacefully at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Sister Antoinette was born to James and Margaret (Friedl) DeLorbe on February 24, 1922, in Waterloo, Iowa. She was baptized and given the name Catherine Elizabeth. Waterloo is divided by the Cedar River. She was born on the east side of the river and attended OLVA grade school until the family moved to the west side of the city. She graduated from Sacred Heart grade and high schools. Catherine worked for three years at secretarial jobs. The assistant pastor had several relatives in the La Crosse Franciscan order. He took Catherine and several other girls to La Crosse to see the convent. She was impressed by the Adoration Chapel and by the gracious hospitality of the sisters. She entered St. Rose Convent on September 2, 1942.
Catherine was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1943, and given the name Sister Antoinette. She made first profession of vows on August 12, 1945, and final profession on August 5, 1951.
Sister Antoinette earned degrees in piano and taught classroom music and gave piano lessons for eighteen years in elementary schools in Iowa, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. After studying at Orff Institute, Austria, she began her position as associate professor at Viterbo College (now Viterbo University) which lasted twenty-six years. In 1997 Sister Antoinette retired in La Crosse. She moved to St. Rose Convent in 2005 and to Villa St. Joseph in 2007.
Community members, family and friends remember Sister Antoinette as a refined woman who cherished and was loyal to her community. Prayer and a relationship with God was her strength.
Sister Antoinette was a successful music teacher and organist. While teaching in Bozeman, she became interested in early childhood music. She pursued this interest by studying the Orff and Kodaly methods in Austria, and the Suzuki method in Japan. In 1971 she was appointed to Viterbo College where she taught the above methods to music education majors, plus private piano students, grades pre-school through high school. Sister Antoinette directed the St. Rose Schola for twenty years and made several CDs of traditional hymns sung by the FSPA. One of her musical compositions is O Sacrament Most Holy, the prayer that begins each hour of adoration in the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration.
Sister Antoinette is survived by her Franciscan Community; her brother John DeLorbe, Waterloo, Iowa, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters Mary and Margaret.
Friends may call after 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held Sunday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the chapel on Monday, March 26, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-4782.