Meet Sue Hennigan

By: 

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Sue Hennigan, a volunteer gardener who is growing vegetables for The FRESH Project, needs help in her garden.

Sue Hennigan is growing vegetables for The FRESH Project and needs help in her garden.

Hennigan was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School. She then attended a three-year program at Marshfield Nursing School to become a registered nurse. She did volunteer work in Lancaster, Kentucky, for two years in community health and then got a paid position for three years.

When Hennigan moved back to Shawano, she worked at Shawano Medical Center, which became ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, for 32 years in medical-surgical and special care. She retired in December 2016.

Hennigan met and married Kevin while in Kentucky, and they were together for 27½ years before his death in February 2007. She has four children and two grandchildren and lives in the town of Richmond.

Where do you volunteer?

“For The FRESH Project. I called them last winter. I saw the notice in the paper. I wasn‘t quite sure what it was all about. I called Barb Mendoza and told her I lived in the country and I had all this acreage. She showed up at my door.”

How big is your garden, and what is in it?

“It is 100 feet by 100 feet. I portioned off a part for my own. It is the Red River Garden. There are peas, lettuce, radishes, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peppers and 800 seeds of corn.”

How has it been working out?

“I need help so Barb contacted the Wolf River Master Gardeners. I tell Patty Pape when I need volunteers and she puts it on Facebook for me. I used to work with Sue Blumreich and she comes to help. My sister, Jeanne Daniels, comes once a week. Anyone interested can call me. I like to be here the first time to show them what to do or tell them what is a weed and what isn’t. After that, they can come any time. I put in at least six to 10 hours weekly.”

Why did you volunteer?

“It helps fill my time, and it’s the way I’m made. When I do something, I want it to be useful and purposeful. I do like to garden.”

To help in the garden, call 715-526-5206 or Hennigan at 715-524-3166.