Ladies volunteer their time at Sacred Heart


Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Several ladies help out at Sacred Heart Catholic Church activities throughout the year. Left to right are Jackie Kohlin, Joyce LaViolette, Jan Grahl, Rita Rancier, and Marie Brown.

Several ladies help out at Sacred Heart Catholic Church activities throughout the year.

Jan Grahl graduated from Campbellsport High School and did secretarial work. She was a stay-at-home mom, but she also had various jobs, retiring from Staff Of Life.

Grahl and her husband, Gary, have been married 53 years and have four children and seven grandchildren.

“I help set up tables and clean for funeral dinners and help with the food as needed,” Grahl said. “I help with special dinners. I am in the prayer shawl ministry. I knit. I used to be in the choir. I help with the rummage sale and the church picnic. I volunteer because I think it’s needed and I enjoy being with the other ladies who are helping.”

Joyce LaViolette is a graduate of Oconto High School and worked for her husband’s accounting business, LaViolette Accounting for 28 years. LaViolette and her husband, Jerry, have been married 52 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

“At the dinners, we set the tables and get salads and bars out,” LaViolette said. “Clean up afterwards and put dishes back in the cupboards. It is mostly funerals and the meals for the kids at Christmas and Thanksgiving. I work for the rummage sales, both spring and fall. I prepare fattle baskets for the church picnic. I work at the Red Barn at Charlie’s. All the time I was working, I couldn’t volunteer and made up my mind when I was able I would volunteer after I retired.”

Rita Rancier is a Shawano native, graduating from Shawano High School. Rancier worked in banks for many years. She has been married to Glenn for 42 years and they have two children and three grandchildren.

“I help in the kitchen with funeral dinners, set up tables, peel potatoes, and rinse dishes,” Rancier said. “I’m a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. I go to the store in Green Bay to sort and every third or fourth month run the cash register. I went to school here (in Shawano) and they were there for my family, and I thought when I retired I would give back and help that same way for other families.”

Jackie Kohlin is a graduate of Chippewa Falls High School and worked at Farmer’s Insurance. For 25 years, Kohlin did babysitting in her home. Kohlin and her late husband, Robert, were married 48 years before his death. They have seven children and five grandchildren.

“I help with the funeral dinners and the picnic silent auction,” Kohlin said. “I am a member of the ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano hospital auxiliary. I work at their sales of apples in the fall and plants in the spring. I just love doing this. It‘s just a very special thing to do.”

Marie Brown has been helping at the funeral dinners for many years.

“Jackie and I decide on colors and flowers and call the volunteers to set up tables,” Brown said. “I volunteer at the Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center and at St. Vincent de Paul.”