A funeral Mass for Sister Therese Chaperone, CSJ, was celebrated Oct. 10 at Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County. Sister Therese died Sept. 28 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 90 years old and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 72 years.
Sister Therese was born on Jan. 19, 1932, in Big Bay, Michigan, to Edward P. and Letitia (Aird) Chaperone. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1949 and was received into the novitiate in 1950 as Sister Anne Letitia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech education from Fontbonne College in 1959.
Throughout her 45-year teaching career, Sister Therese taught in several schools throughout the United States. In Missouri, she taught in St. Louis at St. Rita School (1952-56) and St. Luke the Evangelist School (1956-61); in Ste. Genevieve at Valle Grade School (1981-83); and in Kansas City at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (1983-85).
In Georgia, she was in Atlanta at Sacred Heart School (1961-63) and in Marietta at St. Joseph School (1963).
She taught in Michigan at Sacred Heart School in L’Anse (1963-66) and at St. Peter School in Marquette (1973-74).
From 1966-73, Sister Therese taught at several schools in Hawaii on the island of Oahu: St. Therese School in Honolulu, St. Joseph School in Waipahu and St. Anthony School in Kailua.
In Illinois, she taught in Chicago at St. Viator School in several stints (1974-78, 1980-81 and 1985-95, including as a substitute from 1996-97).
She also taught in Minnesota at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall (1978-79) and in Oklahoma at St. Joseph School in Muskogee (1979-80).
In 1997, Sister Therese served her CSJ community at Nazareth Living Center as a residential care assistant. She retired in 2012, and since 2021, resided at Nazareth Living Center carrying out her ministry of prayer and presence.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.