Patricia Laliberte of Cottonwood passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014. She was 82 years old. Patricia was born on May 26, 1931 in Deer River, MN to John and Marie Martin. She attended the College of St. Benedict and the University of Minnesota, achieving her BA, MA and DMA.
As a Doctor of Musical Arts, she was a piano professor at University of Minnesota, Duluth for 28 years. She played as a soloist and in chamber music groups in many states and countries such as Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, England and Hungary. She played in concerto with the Chicago NBC Symphony, the Chicago Community Symphony, the University of Minnesota Symphony and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, among others. She was also a member of the Verde Piano Trio in Sedona and played at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Patricia was preceded in death by two husbands, Richard Laliberte and Doug Aune, and her son David Laliberte. She is survived by her sons, Dan (Clare) Laliberte of MA, and Greg (Donna) Laliberte of CO; her daughters, Mary (Martin) Laliberte of Cottonwood, Marci (Gary) Dudek, Carol (David) DeLorenzo of MA, Michelle Laliberte of CA; and 6 grandchildren,
A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 3-5 PM at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 N. Bill Gray Rd., Cottonwood. Memorial donations in Patricia's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
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Dr. Patricia Laliberte was a solid performer and an engaging teacher whose deep understanding of music and pedagogy was first rate. She was a gentle, joyful, and dependable friend and mentor. She had a positive, life-changing influence on many lives during her years of teaching at the University of Minnesota (UMD) and through her active involvement with Minnesota Music Teachers Association. She brought the influence of beloved piano teacher, Frank Mannheimer, to countless pianists by organizing summer Festivals at UMD.
Pat and I first played together for American composer Vincent Persichetti, who was in residence at UMD – his Concerto for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 56 (early 1980’s). We played many more concerts together until she retired. During those precious rehearsals and performances, Pat taught me so much about musicianship, collaboration, and the intricate art of “dancing” when maneuvering crossed arms to find the notes. We must have been quite a sight: Pat’s tall willowy frame along side my short, rounder figure!
When Pat retired, I was most fortunate to be hired fulltime at UMD. Of course, it was impossible to ever fill her shoes. I missed her, as did the other faculty. I had hoped to play again with my dear 4-hand partner, even though she lived far away. Her warmth, gentleness and musicianship will be greatly missed. Thank you Pat!