Judith Rollo was the sixth of seven children born to Minnie and Louis Rollo of Little Chute. She attended and graduated from St. John Catholic School where she was taught by the Racine Dominican Sisters.
She first thought of becoming a Sister in fourth grade; as time went by the calling became stronger, especially her senior year of high school. A classmate's mother accompanied Judy on a visit to Green Bay where Judy met the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, the community of religious women to which her classmate's sister, Clare, belonged.
At her first profession of vows, Judith was given the name of Sister Marguerite and began her ministries of homemaker, cook, nurse (aide, LPN and RN) and ward clerk. She chuckles when she recalls her brief stint at Jack's Pizza where she worked on the assembly line. "It was cold in there!"
After 30 years of these services, Sister Marguerite returned to school. She enjoyed studying cosmetology and but loathed the exams. But that didn't stop her from surpassing her classmates and being the first in her class to graduate. She served her Sisters as community beautician for 10 years.
In recent years, Sister Marguerite has served as night manager at Green Bay's Altrusa House, volunteered at St. Paul Home in Kaukauna and crocheted dozens of caps, mittens and scarfs which are sold at craft sales to reduce the motherhouse debt and help the poor. She says there is great satisfaction in helping those in need.
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Sister Marguerite enjoys creating hats and scarves that keep kids and adults warm. All proceeds benefit her community of Sisters. (Renae Bauer photo)