Louanne Baier, MACS Unsung Hero
Louanne (Bresina) Baier was raised in Tilden and grew up with the "Tilden Tigers" baseball diamond in the backyard. Local teams played there every Sunday through the summer. This instilled a lifelong love of baseball.
She graduated from McDonell in 1964, the last class from McDonell Memorial High School, now home of the Heyde Center for the Arts. All her children and grandchildren are McDonell grads except for one who is a current sophomore. They each have participated in McDonell sports and her son and grandson are current softball and baseball head coaches. Both she and her husband Leon are frequent fans at McDonell sporting events, especially during the years when they had five grandchildren in high school at the same time.
Louanne prepared and served food for many years at their business in Tilden. So when she spotted the request for volunteers in the kitchen at the high school, a few years after selling their business in Tilden, Louanne called her Alma Mater and began volunteering in the kitchen at McDonell Central Catholic High School in January, 2011.
She is at the school without fail every Tuesday and Thursday to help prepare lunch for the students. It has been 5 hours a day, 10 hours a week, and 10 years of volunteering.
Deacon Dan Rider, head of food service said “Her kitchen skills are much appreciated, especially when specialty items, like potato dumplings are needed.”
Louanne's cooking talents, her down-to-earth style, hearty laugh, and cookies have made "Grandma Baier" a favorite of both students and staff.
Congratulations and thank you Louanne Baier, our MACS 2021 Unsung Hero.