Sister Louise Hunt, OSF
Sister Louise Hunt, OSF, formerly known as Sister Bonaventure, age 88, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, died on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Grancare Nursing Center.
The former Louise Margaret Hunt was born on July 7, 1925 in New Hope, WI, daughter of the late John and Lauretta (Rubbelke) Hunt. She entered the convent in 1941, professed her vows in 1944 and celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2002.
Sister Louise earned a BA in Education at St. Norbert College, De Pere; and an MA in English at Marquette University. She served 32 years as an educator, teaching at elementary schools in the Green Bay Diocese and Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere. She retired from teaching in 1976 when she became Pastoral Associate and Director of the Outreach program for St. Patrick's Parish, Green Bay. Her work with the needy was recognized by the Green Bay Area Exchange Club in 1992 when she received their "Book of Golden Deeds" Award. In 1995 she received the President's Medal from her alma mater, St. Norbert College.
The spirit that infused her ministry at St. Patrick's Parish is best captured in her own words. "During the year, thousands of bags of food are deposited at our door, so that we in turn can refill bags for those who need them. Almost daily, and sometimes many times a day, these precious bags exchange hands. This is, indeed, a holy task. I think of the checks I receive for those in need from older parishioners who can't quite write on the line anymore. I handle each as something holy."
In 1995 Sister Louise moved to the Fort Howard Apartments on Chestnut Street in Green Bay and served as a volunteer in outreach to the elderly until 2007 when she moved to the Motherhouse and continued in Community service. In 2011 she moved to Grancare Nursing Center where she continued her ministry while a resident.
Survivors include the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross and Associate members; sister, Marge (Maurice) Kryshak, Wausau; sisters-in-law, Ruby (Clifford) Hunt, Oshkosh; and Judy (Patrick) Hunt.
Preceding her in death were: her parents, John and Lauretta; brothers: Clifford, Lloyd, Patrick; sister and brother-in-law: Doris and Blaise Konopacky; sister-in-law: Shirley.
Friends may call at St. Francis Convent, 3110 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay on Sunday, March 23 (today) at 4:00 p.m. for the reception of the body and visitation. The Vigil Service will be at 7:00 p.m. at the convent. Visitation for Sr. Louise will continue on Monday, March 24 at Holy Cross Church, 3009 Bay Settlement Road, from 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. with Father Tim Shillcox, O.Praem presiding. Burial will be in the convent cemetery. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting with Sisters arrangements. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com
The Sisters of St. Francis and the family of Sister Louise wish to express their gratitude to the nursing staff at St. Francis Convent and Grancare Nursing Center for their loving care and support.