(1923 – 2014)
In her homily, Sister Patricia Walter said, “If Margie were to have written a book of theology she might have started it by saying, In the beginning was creative sound, a sound which was the eternal three-personed chord, joined by the music of the spheres, and brought into new and astounding harmony through the Word taking flesh in song.” Sister Pat’s image corresponds to Sister Marjorie’s own words describing her belief, “In my life, music comes next to God. Music is such a mirror of God.”
Born in Chicago, the first of seven children of Harry and Margaret (Kleinert) Delaplane, Sister Marjorie began her piano studies at the age of seven. She attended St. Xavier Academy until the Depression when she transferred to St. Columbanus for her remaining grade school years.
More about Sister Marjorie Delaplane (pdf)
Sister Marjorie Delaplane was my piano teacher giving me private lessons from the age of nine years old until 14. She was loving, passionate and I adored her. I loved going to her studio in South Shore and remember climbing steps to view her huge asparagus fern at the height of the steps before entering her living room. Within the living room was a grand piano, harp and harpsichord. She had a beautiful cactus with tear shaped leaves and red blooms. I love playing the piano unto this day and can still feel the warmth of her hug and love. Sister Marjorie introduced me to other fine teachers I was to study with after my study with her, Mr. Edward Mondello, and Mrs. Mary Sorenson. I will forever hold memories of attending Concerts at Orchestra Hall to hear Andre Watts perform and much, much love. Many thanks to the family, teachers, church members, community and friends who provided that nature and nurture that fostered the growth of this Angel I experienced unawares. Blessings, love, grace, peace and favor unto you always.
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