sister george antoinette vander loop

July 21, 1938 - April 20, 2015

Generous, caring, thoughtful, and hardworking
Elizabeth Ann was born in De Pere, Wisconsin, July 21, 1938, the first of nine children born to George and Antoinette (Van Bogart) Vander Loop. Her family moved from DePere to
a small community named Allouez where they stayed for about eight or nine years.
S. George Antoinette said:
And then in 1948 they moved to a small farm in the town of Eaton, about twenty miles out of Green Bay.  And at that time when we first went out to see the place, we thought dad
was taking us to the end of the world because it was so far from everything. I knew what dairy farming meant...[that] we as a family would be doing things together. This is what my
mother and father believed, that we were all going to work at this together and it would be someplace where we would be very happy and would enjoy everything that was a part of
that.
The children attended a small Catholic school, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, operated by Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. When it came time for high school, the first year Elizabeth stayed with her grandmother in Green Bay during the week so that she could attend the academy. At the end of the week, she took a bus to DePere where her father picked her up to come home every weekend. The next year, she found a ride with a neighbor who drove
the 25 miles back and forth to Green Bay every day.
Elizabeth entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1956. She received the habit and the name S. George Antoinette on March 19,1957 and made her final profession on August 6, 1964. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1961, followed by a master’s in reading from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1975.
S. George Antoinette spent 17 years teaching primary classes in Chicago, Illinois, first at St. 
Viator School (1961) and then Nativity of Our Lord (1964).
In 1978, she moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where she served for the next 24 years at St. Stephen’s Grade School, first in religious education until 1981 and then as principal and teacher until 2002.
In 1999, the treatments she was undergoing for long-standing kidney problems no longer helped and she needed a kidney transplant. Several of her family offered to be tested to see if they were compatible but it was the oldest of her brothers, Ken, who was a match so he agreed to donate his kidney.
Leaving the classroom in 2002, she volunteered at Hearts and Hands Ministry in Glenwood Springs for a short time. Remaining in St. Stephen’s Parish, she worked in pastoral care for seniors until 2013 when she retired to Nazareth Living Center.
Thoughts from S. Laverne Aufmuth (George Ellen):
Sister George Antoinette and I were in the same reception and shared the same saint's name... 
George…my memories of her are... soft spoken, quiet, and always had
a shy smile.
S. Mary Ann Figlino shares that her “fondest memory of [S. George] is
how welcoming she was anytime I was in the Glenwood Springs area. She opened her house, her warmth.”
Associate Dodie Suduth writes:
Taking [sister] to her dialysis weekly for several months gave us [Dodie and husband Bill] a
lasting impression of what a CSJ is—kind, loving, self-less, caring and thoughtful. She never spoke of her pain but instead would ask about our family. She spoke of hers with heart-felt emotion. How very generous was her spirit. There truly is one more angel in heaven and
one more star in the sky.
S. Helen Oates
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