Sister Joan Margaret Whittemore, CSJ 1944-2015

May 12, 1944 - November 29, 2015

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Joan Margaret Whittemore, CSJ who passed away on Nov. 29 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 71 years of age.

Sister Joan Margaret was born on May 12, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Raymond R. and Mary Ann (Mulligan) Whittemore. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1962 and made her profession in 1965. 

She earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from Fontbonne College, and both a master of music and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Sister Joan was an accomplished music educator, director, musician and writer.  She began her ministry in the 1960s as a music teacher at the elementary and high school levels in Missouri, Illinois and New York. By the 1980s, she had educated and inspired countless students.

After her doctoral studies, she was an assistant professor, adjunct and instructor at numerous institutes of higher learning, such as Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, St. Joseph College in Galesburg, Illinois, Regis University in Denver, Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, and the University of Missouri.

In 1999-2000, Sister Joan made her mark on the St. Louis area with the formation of the Carondelet Children’s and Women’s Choruses, which she founded and directed. They both operated through 2010.

In addition, she maintained a private studio for voice, piano and guitar students, as well as taught and directed at few other schools in St. Louis.

A published composer, editor, author, and Venetian scholar, Sister Joan published A Guide to Ospedali Research, (Pendragon Press); editions of  the sacred music of Antonio Vivaldi, Baldassare Galuppi, and  Nicola Porpora, (Boosey & Hawkes); and Maestra—The Legacy of Fiora Corradetti Contino.  

In addition, she served as a member of the National Committee for Research and Publication for the American Choral Directors Association for 15 years.

She was also a proud descendant of one of the Founding Families of St. Louis through Francois Marcheteau dit Desnoyer (1719-1770).

Since January, Sister Joan Margaret served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Nazareth Living Center.

A memorial Mass will be held on Wed. Dec. 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. Cremains will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

<< Back to News

Change Text Size   A|  A|  A