Lifetime of teaching has been a dream come true

Sister Bridget Stumpf was born in Darboy on Sept. 29, 1926, the oldest of 12 (7 brothers, 4 sisters) in the faith-filled family of Joseph and Isabel Stumpf.

She attended Holy Angels School, Darboy, and graduated from St. John High School in Little Chute in 1944. Sister earned degrees from St. Norbert College, De Pere, and advanced studies at the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minn., and a master’s in education from the University of Detroit.

In July 1944, World War II was raging. Many boys in her graduating class were drafted. Likewise, girls went to work at jobs supporting the war efforts. From 1944 to 1945 she worked in the stenographic department at Kimlark (Kimberly-Clark in Neenah) where gun mounts and fuses for bombs were designed and made. In 1945 when the war ended, the plant was converted into an engineering department. She then became a private secretary for an engineer and his department. However, her attraction to religious life remained and St. Francis Convent at Bay Settlement seemed to be the place where she could live her religious values. She shed her secretarial image, entered the Community on Sept. 8, 1947, and was received in 1948.

The classroom was the love of her life. Sister Bridget dedicated 40 years to serving as a teacher and principal in the schools of the Green Bay Diocese and 25 years were devoted to ministry within the Community as treasurer, secretary, and librarian.

Two quotes are dear to Sister: First, “For all that has been, thanks! For all that will be, yes!” (Dag Hammarskjold). Second, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” (Sir Isaac Newton) which, for Sister, reminds her of the many marvelous teachers she has in her life.  “I am forever grateful,” she adds.

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