Hinkfuss family honors legacy of Rosemary Hinkfuss, ‘54

November 28, 2017

Life of service enriched northeastern Wisconsin communities

Stritch alumna Rosemary (Walsh) Hinkfuss was a tireless and devoted public servant who forged a path unlike any other woman in Wisconsin politics.  

When she passed away in March 2016, northeast Wisconsin lost a visionary who always put others first and was committed to working on behalf of those who otherwise would be unrepresented.

Her family has chosen to perpetuate her legacy with the Rosemary Walsh Hinkfuss, ’54, Endowed Scholarship at Stritch. The fund will provide need-based scholarship support to undergraduate students majoring in history, education or a related field.

The scholarship recognizes the integral role Cardinal Stritch University and the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi played in preparing Rosemary for a life of service.

Daughter Eileen Hinkfuss Long, ’80, credits a last-minute Stritch scholarship for providing her mother the opportunity to come from her native Ohio to Wisconsin where she eventually met her husband, William.

“Stritch has always aimed to make a college education accessible through scholarship support,” said Coleen Southwell, Associate Vice President/Senior Philanthropy Officer. “We are so grateful to our donors who enable us to prepare future servant leaders who will follow in Rosemary’s footsteps.”

After volunteering on various local and national political campaigns for more than decade, Rosemary sought office herself and was elected to the Green Bay City Council and Brown County Board of Supervisors in 1974. She served in both capacities until 1982. After a six-year hiatus she was elected to represent Wisconsin’s 88th Assembly District. 

In addition to her dedicated service as an elected official, Rosemary was active in a number of civic organizations. Rosemary was the first female elected to the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors in 1980 and served in that role for 21 years. She was a member of the Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors, the YMCA Board of Directors and served as President of the Catholic Woman's Club. Rosemary received the 1991 Environmental Decade Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brown County Democratic Party. Rosemary was a member of the Stritch Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1991-95.

Cardinal Stritch University appreciates the Hinkfuss family for honoring their wife and mother through the creation of the Rosemary Walsh Hinkfuss Endowed Scholarship.

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Members of the Hinkfuss family celebrated the creation of the Rosemary Walsh Hinkfuss, '54, Endowed Scholarship with members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and University leaders Oct. 9, 2017. 

Front row (left to right) Sr. Coletta Dunn, OSF, Sr. Justine Peter, OSF, The Honorable Timothy Hinkfuss, William Hinkfuss, Paul Hinkfuss.
Back row (left to right) Interim President Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D., Sr. Margaret Ruddy, OSF, Kathy Hinkfuss, Sr. Mary Ann Polasek, OSF, Eileen Hinkfuss Long, ’80, Mary Barbara Hinkfuss Collins, Sr. Dolores Theine, OSF, Sr. Mary Lea Schneider, OSF.

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