Sister Jane Louise Arbour CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 79 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas on Sept. 17 at age 95.  

Sister Jane was born in Baton Rouge, one of eight children of the late Sydney V. and Julia Mae Bahlinger Arbour Sr., and was baptized Julia Mae. She is survived by 31 nieces and nephews and their children.  

She was pre-deceased by her siblings: Gertie Lee Arbour McNeely, Katherine Arbour Hannaman, Eloise Arbour Selig, Virginia Arbour Tomeny, Sidney V. Arbour Jr., Julius B. (J.B) Arbour and Robert F. Arbour.  

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Sister Jane Louise Arbour CSJ

Sister Jane graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1941 and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans that year. She professed first vows in 1943 and perpetual vows in 1946.  

Sister Jane earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Loyola New Orleans in 1953, a master’s in library science from LSU in 1961 and a Master of Arts in Theology at the University of Notre Dame in 1969.  

Sister Jane served for 66 years at various levels of Catholic education at the elementary, secondary and university levels and in adult education. She began as a teacher of first grade at St. Ann School in New Orleans in 1943 and continued teaching for the next 18 years at Our Lady of the Rosary in New Orleans, St. Joseph Academy in New Roads, St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans and St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge.  

From 1962 to 1965 she broke new ground when was invited to serve as campus minister at the LSU Newman Center and librarian at St. Joseph Prep Seminary in Baton Rouge. The next six years she served as librarian at St. Joseph Junior College and provincial secretary in New Orleans.  

The following 38 years were spent in Baton Rouge at St. Thomas More Church serving as co-director of religious education, doing adult education and serving from 1976 to 2009 as pastoral associate.  

Sister Jane was beloved by her family, many former students, colleagues, parishioners and classmates, especially her dearest friend from their earliest years at St. Joseph’s Academy, the late Sister Jane Moore CSJ.  

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 29 at Mt. St. Mary Convent in Wichita and burial followed in the convent cemetery.  

Donations in Sister Jane Louise’s memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3134 Hundred Oaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70808.