Angela Lu Maye, born in Brussels (Rosiere), Wis., is the daughter of the late August and Adeline Tassoul Lu Maye. On the family farm, she helped care for younger siblings. She is fond of saying that she didn't have dolls to play with since they had real babies when they played house.
While growing up, Sister Gerald's family belonged to St. Hubert Parish in Rosiere and she attended Roosevelt School in Misere and one year at Brussels High School before entering community. During her early years in the convent Sister Gerald worked in the kitchen but she always looked forward to praying and studying what it meant to be a Sister.
After novitiate, she served at the McCormick Home in Green Bay. She also served as a homemaker for the Sisters who taught at these schools: St. John, Howard; Holy Angels, Darboy; St. Isidore, Osman; All Saints, Denmark; SS. Peter & Paul, Institute; and St. Charles, Lena.
In 1982, she traveled to Clifton, Arizona, to assist another Sister in her work as a Parish Visitor. When she returned to Wisconsin, she trained in health care and worked for area nursing homes for 20 years. Residents and staff had a special place in Sister Gerald's heart. She tried to treat each person with kindness and respect.
Today, Sister Gerald is semi-retired at St. Francis Convent in Green Bay. She and the other Sisters gather daily for Mass as well as morning and evening prayers. She rises early each day for private prayer time, a time she cherishes. For hobbies, Sister Gerald enjoys caring for flowers, walking, reading, and listening to music from symphonies to Celtic music and polkas now and then.
After all these years, she still works hard to provide sustenance for others. Every Monday and Saturday you can find her in the kitchen mixing or kneading, rolling and baking something wonderful, particularly for the Sisters' Sunday morning breakfast. During 2012, she made 895 dozen cookies (see related story and recipe), 411 loaves of bread and countless rolls and coffee cakes. With a smile she says everyone and his uncle knows where the cookie cans are.
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Sister Gerald Lu Maye, left, takes a break and shares a laugh with Sister Mary Kabat, center, and Sister Joanne Williams. (Renae Bauer photo)