Volunteer Profile

Meet Caroline Gavin

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Caroline Galvin has taken over the planning of the Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women’s rummage sales and funeral dinners. She is shown with her granddaughter, Hali Wilhelm, 6, who was visiting from Wausau, and the Galvin dog, Tippy.

Caroline Galvin is in charge of the rummage sales and funeral dinners at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. Galvin was born in Rosholt, moved to Ripon when she was in the sixth grade and graduated from Ripon High School.

After high school, she worked in a grocery store. After she married, she was a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Bob, have been married 49 years and have three children and four grandchildren, with a great-grandchild on the way. They moved to Shawano in 1987 when Bob worked for Urban/Frontier. Caroline worked at Palmer’s Quality Bake Shoppe, T&C Supermarket and Walmart. She has been retired for four years and spends time babysitting her granddaughter, Alexis Cherney, who lives in Shawano, along with camping and taking road trips with her husband when time allows.

Q Why did you volunteer to take charge of the rummage sales and funeral dinners?

A “I took over for Florence Onesti because she’s been doing this for years and years. Florence asked me, and her sisters-in-law felt I could do it. We already went through a rummage sale and that went well. The ladies I work with don’t need any guidance, and that makes my job easier. Everybody works well together. … Now that I’m retired, I can do this. I would like to thank all the ladies who help at the funerals and all the men and women who help at the rummage sales.”

Q What do you have to do?

A (Spring rummage sale) “We start setting up on the 22nd and the ladies do the pricing. I get supplies and the change and I see that they are fed.” (Funeral dinners) “I have a list of ladies to set up the dining area. Bonnie Soufal helps me with the cooking. If anyone wants to help in the kitchen, I’m not going to say no. We don’t refuse any volunteers in any department. I have a list of ladies who help at the funeral dinners. You get to meet some of the ladies of the parish.”

Q Where does the rummage sale money go?

A “The CCW sends two individuals to Camp Tekawitha. We help with kitchen repairs and donate money for Bibles to First Communicants. We put on a community dinner where we donated the bars, but the CCW paid for the food.”