In Memoriam – Sr Antonienne Thoma, SSSF
Sister Antonienne Thoma, SSSF was called to eternal life on May 30, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after years of health issues.
Some of you may remember her. She ministered at OLW for 12 years (1979-1991), first as Learning Disability teacher at the school, then as Pastoral Minister and Director of Care and Outreach in the parish.
She often spoke of her wonderful experiences and of the great people at OLW.
May God Bless his servant Antonienne, bring her into the light of his face, and there, at the foot of the Lord, may she pray for us!
Sr Antonienne’s Biography:
Sister Antonienne Thoma was born in Danville, Illinois. She received a bachelor of science degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee, a master of arts degree in special education from DePaul University in Chicago and a master of pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago.
In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister served as office assistant at Sacred Heart Southern Missions in Hernando (2006-2015).
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister taught at Holy Angels School in Chicago (1959-1961), served as a diagnostician at St. John of the Cross School in Western Springs (1973-1978), and was assistant principal at St. Jerome School in Chicago (1978-1979). Sister also served as a learning disabilities teacher at Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights (1979-1984) where she also served as a pastoral associate (1984-1988 and 1989-1991), and as director of care and outreach (1988-1989).
Sister served as ministry director in Chicago for her congregation’s United States Province (1998-2003).
In the Diocese of Joliet, Sister taught at St. Liborius School in Steger (1961), and at St. Raphael School in Naperville (1961-1965) where she also served as principal (1965-1968). She taught at St. Luke School in Carol Stream (1969-1970), and at St. Walter School in Roselle (1970-1972).
In the Diocese of La Crosse, Sister served as chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin (1993-1998).
In the Diocese of Madison, Sister served as chaplain at Meriter Hospital in Madison (1992-1993).
In the Diocese of New Ulm, Sister served as a homemaker and librarian at Japanese Martyrs Convent in Leavenworth, Minnesota (1954-1958).
In the Archdiocese of Omaha, sister served as homemaker at St. John the Baptist Convent in Fordyce, Nebraska (1952-1954).
In the Diocese of Rockford, she served as homemaker for Madonna High School in Aurora, Illinois (1951-1952).