Adele Louse Galiber
STS. PETER & PAUL CATHEDRAL
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 1983 3:00 P.M.
John Thomas Memorial Chapel 1:00 P.M.
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And it has. In the hearts and on the lips of generations of Virgin
Islanders who learned music, and the love of music, and much
more, from this gentle lady who was given so little and has done
Her father played the flute, and she was sent to learn music and
piano from the nuns at the convent in Charlotte Amalie.
Her wit prevails: 'I was the second of eleven children and
plain. I had to do something.' She taught music.
She taught for 50 years, first in the Catholic school for a short
time, later in the public schools for more than 40 years.
She taught at Moravian, Washington, Dober schools; she trained
and led the high school chorus. In the days of silent film shows
at the Apollo Theater, hers was the piano accompaniment to the
stirring scenes on the silver screen. She organized the caroling at
Christmas. She worked with the young people of many generations,
from nursery to kindergarten to high school. She was a teacher.
She retired in 1968, by then an administrator, Supervisor of
Music in the Department of Education. Along the way, by cor-
respondence, she earned a university degree in harmony and public
She raised a sturdy family four sons and two daughters who
became outstanding men and women. A doctor, a dentist, a soldier,
an engineer, a social worker, a lovely mezzosoprano. And she did
it with her own talent, and her own energy, sustained by faith in
the church she has served throughout her lifetime.
Adele Galiber. Her life as rich and colorful and productive as
the garden she has always kept around her cottage. And as beau-
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