Sister Louise Hunt remembered for feeding, clothing poor


Sister Louise Hunt, formerly known as Sister Bonaventure, died on Friday, March 21, 2014, at age 88.

The former Louise Margaret Hunt was born on July 7, 1925, in New Hope, Wis., daughter of the late John and Lauretta (Rubbelke) Hunt. She entered the convent in 1941, professed her vows in 1944 and celebrated her 70th Jubilee in 2012.

Sister Louise earned a bachelor's degree in Education at St. Norbert College, De Pere; and a master's degree 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 Sisters and Associates;  her sister, Marge (Maurice) Kryshak, Wausau; sisters-in-law, Ruby (Clifford) Hunt, Oshkosh; and Judy (Patrick) Hunt, Kingwood, TX.

Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Lauretta; brothers Clifford, Lloyd and Patrick; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Blaise Konopacky; and sister-in-law Shirley.

Father Tim Shillcox, O.Praem, presided at the Mass of Christian Burial. She is buried at the convent cemetery.