Adelaide "Lolly" Caneza Sprague died peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the age of 94 at her home in Grapevine. Service: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Drive, Arlington 76013. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Adelaide "Lolly" may be made to Chi Chi's Rescue Ranch, Inc., 32245 Equestrian Trail, Sorrento, Fla., 32776 or to Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 1892, Colleyville, Texas 76034. Lolly was born on Nov. 29, 1921, in New Orleans, La., to the late Elizabeth Bauer Caneza and Andrew P. Caneza Sr. For 37 years she was the wife of the late George L. Sprague and was preceded in death by her daughter, Ann E. Sprague, and her sister, Althea Caneza. She lived in New Orleans until relocating to Grapevine in 2003. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, received a bachelor of science degree from Ursuline-Brescia College in New Orleans and a master of science degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. Lolly and her husband were founding members of the former St. Frances Cabrini Church and Parish, which were devastated and displaced because of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. At the time of her death, she was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington. In addition she was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters of America (Court Mater Dei 868), the Mathematical Association of America, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was a member of the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Association of Women in Mathematics. After graduating from Ursuline-Brescia College, Lolly worked as a chemist at the Southern Cotton Oil Laboratory for several years. After receiving a phone call from a dear friend and favorite teacher, Sister Louise Aime, CSJ, principal of St. Rose of Lima School, who needed a certified teacher to add to her faculty, Adelaide began her teaching career. She taught in the Catholic and public schools in Orleans and Jefferson parishes for 29 years. She was a mathematics teacher at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Mount Carmel Academy, St. Joseph Academy, East Jefferson High School and Bonnabel High School. With the help of Brother Neal Golden, SC, she introduced the Academic Games to teachers and students of the Jefferson Parish schools. As a member of Court Mater Dei, she served as a counselor for Junior Catholic Daughter troops in New Orleans and Metairie. She and her husband were active in Court Mater Dei activities for many years. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling; playing bridge; hiking; reading; playing the piano; genealogy; taking mathematics, physics and engineering courses on her laptop; and watching the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors: Her brother, Andrew P. Caneza of Longwood, Fla.; her sons, Andrew R. Sprague (Mary) of Metairie, La., Donald Sprague (Cathy Denning) of Grapevine and Gerard Sprague (Melanie) of Knoxville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her friend and caregiver, Gloria Rivas.
Published by Star-Telegram on Apr. 27, 2016.