Leonia Barnes Shulterbrandt

The Virgin Islands communities of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are advised that our beloved mother, Mrs. Leonia Barnes Shulterbrandt, departed from this world at the blessed age of 97 to be with her Lord on December 26, 2018. For hundreds of years, native Virgin Islanders on a cultural basis have called Dec. 26 “Christmas Second Day,” not Boxing Day.

Mrs. Shulterbrandt passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home, and she is survived by her first-born son, Rudolph Glennwood Shulterbrandt of West Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter, Gail Anita Shulterbrandt Rivera; daughter-in-law, Sonia G. Shulterbrandt; grandson, Glenn Maurice Shulterbrandt; granddaughter, Sharlise Lavelle Shulterbrandt, professor of languages in Arlington, Va.; grandson, Miguel Kalon Rivera; and great-granddaughter, Akira Rivera.

She is also survived by sister-in-law, Mrs. Rita Schulterbrandt Smith, and close niece, Mrs. Estrelda Shulterbrandt Petersen.

Her relatives residing in New York include a nephew, Dr. Earle Barnes Bloch, professor of chemistry at Howard University in Washington D.C; nieces, Mrs. Marion Barnes Bloch Davis, Mrs. Lois Anne Barnes Bloch David; and her nieces on St. Thomas are Michele Shulterbrandt Agurkis and husband Matthew, Alda Schulterbrandt Monsanto and husband Austin “Babe”, Helen Schulterbrandt, Isabel Shulterbrandt, Mercedes Schulterbrandt Brannigan, Marie Schulterbrandt Osborne, and Josephine Schulterbrandt Ottley; and her nephews on St. Thomas are Joseph Schulterbrandt, Franky Schulterbrandt, John Schulterbrandt, and Irvin Schulterbrandt.

Her survivors also include members of the Sebastien, Maduro, and Monsanto families; great-nieces, Cheryl Schulterbrandt Plaskett, Keisha Schulterbrandt, Celeste, Ebony, and Monique Jacobs, Lisa, Veronika, Hazel, and Charmaine Petersen; great-nephews, Kenneth Schulterbrandt, Kofi Schulterbrandt, Zachary Schulterbrandt, and Ian Schulterbrandt.

The viewing and blessing of Mrs. Leonia Barnes Shulterbrandt will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul. A tribute in music and song will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. His Excellency Bishop Herbert Bevard will be the celebrant of the burial service in the cathedral. Everyone is heartily welcome to attend the service in the church. Interment is at Western Cemetery No. 1.

Mrs. Shulterbrandt served as the principal of the Estate Peter’s Rest School in Christiansted, St. Croix; was one of the first physical education and health educators at the Charlotte Amalie High School in the 1940s, which was in the time of the illustrious J. Antonio Jarvis and Miss Bertha C. Boschulte.

Around 1939, Mrs. Barnes Shulterbrandt introduced the art form of ballet dancing and the African-American art form of tap dancing to the home of her ancestors on St. Croix. She taught many young Virgin Islanders ballet and tap dancing also on St. Thomas, having been a professionally trained ballet dancer in New York City.

Her career with the Virgin Islands government included being a dietitian for the Virgin Islands Education Department and supervisor of day care services for the Human Services Department. May she rest in peace.

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