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 that day, she picked up an application form. She
resigned from Kimberly Clark and entered St. Francis Convent on
September 1, 1950.
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 in a two-room school and included
grades 1 to 12, but mostly elementary grades. Her other ministries
included serving as Principal, Pastoral Associate, Director of
Pastoral Care, Community Leadership and Hospital Chaplain. She
works part-time as a Chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay
where she has ministered for the last 13 years. Sister remains
active in her Community, serves on the Health and Wellness Impact
Council for United Way of Brown County and continues as an usher at
the Weidner Center, Green Bay.
Through these 60 years she says God has blessed her with a
wonderful family, a religious Community of loving Sisters and the
love and support of many friends.
What talents or gifts do you bring to your
In my role as a part of God's great creation, I use my gifts of
compassion, kindness and acceptance. These gifts help me to
be a better woman religious in today's world, in my listening as a
hospital chaplain and in doing my part to live and spread the
What kind of music do you enjoy?
God speaks to me through classical music. It is like an
oasis of peace and great joy. I am grateful that so many have
used their talents to make the world a better place by composing
and performing music for the enjoyment of others.
What is something happening in our world that makes you
The overwhelming anger and fear in our world today saddens
me. I am so blessed with the love and peace I enjoy because
of the family, teachers and friends who have loved me. I
wonder if the next generation will know and experience this peace
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