She was born in Chicago to James and Mary (Schagemann) LaBonte. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Mich., and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister James Adele spent 33 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit and Alpena, Mich., and she served in schools in St. Charles, Homewood, Chicago, and Joliet. She was parish secretary for 13 years at St. Patrick Parish in Pana, and school librarian for five years at St. Denis School in Chicago. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2002.
Sister James Adele is survived by a sister, Adela Auskalnis of Naperville, and a brother, Donald LaBonte of Franklin Park.
The funeral liturgy was held in St. Catherine Chapel on June 20. Burial was in the congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.