MILWAUKEE – Please remember in prayer Sister Antonienne Thoma, OSF, 86, who died May 30 at the Sacred Heart retirement and health care home in Milwaukee. Sister celebrated her 70-year Jubilee earlier this year.
Born in Danville, Illinois, Sister Antonienne received a Bachelor’s 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.
Serving with Sacred Heart Southern Missions (SHSM) for more than nine years, Sister Antonienne began volunteering with SHSM in 2005 by helping Sister Adelia Milligan in the Hernando social service office. Her assistance proved invaluable and she was soon brought on board permanently as receptionist/office assistant. She, along with Sister Adelia, a fellow School Sister of St. Francis, retired in 2015.
During her 70 years in religious life, Sister Antonienne spent most of her time in the Central United States. She previously served in Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where she worked in many areas, including education, pastoral care and administration, and as a disability diagnostician and ministry director for her community of the School Sisters of St. Francis.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee for Sister Antonienne on Friday, June 5. Due to the precautionary measures that have been taken by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to protect the health and safety of all persons in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the service was closed to all but the Celebrant and Liturgical Ministers. However, there are plans to have a gathering of remembrance for Sister Antonienne at a later date.