Sister Louise Hunt, OSF, 88, Green Bay, formerly known as Sister Bonaventure, a town of New Hope native and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Grancare Nursing Center.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 24, at Holy Cross Church in Green Bay, with the Rev. Tim Shillcox, O.Praem, presiding. Burial will be in the convent cemetery.
Visitation will be at St. Francis Convent in Green Bay from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23, with a vigil service at 7 p.m.; and at the church from 9 a.m. Monday until the Mass.
Blaney Funeral Home in Green Bay assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The former Louise Margaret Hunt was born July 7, 1925, in the town of New Hope, a daughter of the late John and Lauretta (Rubbelke) Hunt.
She entered the convent in 1941, professed her vows in 1944 and celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2002.
Sister Louise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education at St. Norbert College in De Pere and a Master of Arts 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 in De Pere. She retired from teaching in 1976 when she became pastoral associate and director of the outreach program for St. Patrick Parish in Green Bay.
Her work with the needy was recognized by the Green Bay Area Exchange Club in 1992 when she received the “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 Parish was 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 she 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 one sister, Marge (Maurice) Kryshak, Wausau; two sisters-in-law, Ruby (Clifford) Hunt, Oshkosh, and Judy (Patrick) Hunt; and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross and Associate members.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford, Lloyd and Patrick Hunt; one sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Blaise Konopacky; and one sister-in-law, Shirley.