Faculty emerita, alumna and Alumnae Award winner Elizabeth Delmore, CSJ, ’43 died peacefully on November 15, 2018 at Carondelet Village. She was 97 years old.
Born in Roseau, Minnesota on August 11, 1921, Elizabeth was an earnest proponent of women in the Church. Sister Elizabeth joined the CSJ community in 1948, five years after earning a bachelor’s degree in Library Science from St. Catherine University. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English in 1951, followed by a Master’s in English and Art History that she was awarded from the University of Minnesota in 1966.
While studying and earning her degrees, Sr. Elizabeth also launched what would become a 40 year career as a high school librarian, including: St. Mary, Blaine, MN; Holy Angels, Minneapolis, MN; St. John Academy, Jamestown, ND; and St. James Academy, Grand Forks, ND.
Sr. Elizabeth returned to St. Catherine University, serving 10 years as Library Director and more than 20 years as faculty member. During her tenure as library director, she recognized the need for sound materials for scholarship on women and established a collection on women. When she retired in 1984, Elizabeth served seven years as chaplain in the cardiac unit of HealthEast St. Joseph's Hospital, and later at Sisters Care, a CSJ service program offering dignity and aid to the elderly.
At her 60th St. Kate’s reunion, Sr. Elizabeth was recognized with the Alumnae Award in recognition of her dedication to education and lifelong commitment to St. Kate’s.
Sr. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents Dr. John Leo Delmore and Mary Josephine (Mae) Frick Delmore; brothers Dr. John Delmore, Dr. Robert Delmore, James Patrick Delmore, and Dr. Charles Michael Delmore; sisters Marjorie Helen Delmore LaBonte and Mary Phyllis Delmore Bray. Elizabeth is survived by many devoted nieces and nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews; countless friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates.