Sister Paulette Hupfauf was born May 3, 1931, to Henry and Olive (Probst) Hupfauf in Darboy, the fourth of seven children. As she grew up, Holy Angels Church and School were the center of activity in the small farming community. Her elementary teachers were the Sisters of St. Francis of Bay Settlement. Living within a block from school, Mary Lou (as she was known then) enjoyed staying after school to help and talk to the Sisters. Sister Alfreda Oryall, her fourth, fifth and sixth grade teacher, was her favorite.
After graduating from Kimberly High School in 1948, she worked at Sears Roebuck in Appleton; her parents' grocery store and dance hall; and Kimberly Clark. Through the years, Mary Lou found talking to the Sisters quite enjoyable. Finally, on August 15, 1950, she visited the Chapel at Robinsonville (now referred to as the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion) and prayed that either she would drop the idea of being a Sister or do something about it. On her way home, she stopped at St. Francis Convent and picked up an application form. Two weeks later, she entered the Convent.
Sister Paulette earned bachelor's degrees in elementary education and mathematics from St. Norbert College in De Pere. She also earned a master's degree from Brown University and completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education. At age 68, she earned a master's in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago.
Her 26 years of teaching began with elementary grades until her years at Abbot Pennings High School. Her other ministries included serving as Principal, Pastoral Associate, Director of Pastoral Care, Community Leadership, and Hospital Chaplain.
Through these 70 years God has blessed her with a wonderful family, a loving religious Community, and the love and support of many friends.
Proclaim a joyful sound, the Lord has freed his people. ~ Is 48:20