Genevieve E. Pietig, a mother, homemaker and exemplary Catholic, spent her last years in the Doak Walker Care Center. Mrs. Pietig was the daughter of Frank Rupiper and Mary Steffes, of Roselle, Iowa. She was born Sept. 29, 1916.
Genevieve attended Holy Angels School in Roselle, and St. Angela’s Academy in Carroll, Iowa. She married Louis L. Pietig in Roselle on Sept. 19, 1936. They were members of Sts. Peter and Paul/Holy Spirit parish for more than 40 years and parents of five children.
Genevieve was an active member and president of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Legion of Mary. She organized interfaith study groups, served as a member of the Kuemper Parents Club along with her husband, Louis, president of the Rosary and Altar Society, and president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She was a Girl Scout leader (Troop 22) and volunteered for the Red Cross, St. Anthony’s Hospital and voting booths.
In 1963, the Pietig family hosted Olga Marta Herra, of Costa Rica, who attended Kuemper as an exchange student. In 1967, Genevieve received a Catholic Youth Organization Award from Bishop Joseph M. Mueller, of Sioux City, Iowa, for her participation in parish activities and contributions for diocesan education of youths.
Genevieve enjoyed baking, cooking and fishing, especially with family and friends on weekends at Spirit Lake. She and Louis retired to Singer Island, Fla., in the 1970s but always maintained Carroll connections, particularly through their home and her bridge club. While in Florida, they were members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Riviera Beach for 30 years. She continued her DCCW work and also was a lector and Eucharistic minister.
In 1986, Genevieve and Louis received a papal honor on their 50th wedding anniversary at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll. This honor “pro ecclesia et pontifice” recognized their exemplary life and generous benefactions to many church causes throughout Iowa. The Most Reverend Frank H. Greteman, former bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, conferred this honor for Pope John Paul II.
After the death of her husband on Jan. 1, 1987, Genevieve continued to live in Florida until her health began to fail, when she moved to Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs to be nearer her children. She died there May 7, 2010, at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 8 days.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; infant daughter Mary Louise Pietig on June 6, 1947; son James L. Pietig on Oct. 28, 2000; brother Norbert Rupiper; sister Lucy (Nick) Horbach and brother-in-law Matt Hugeback.
Genevieve is survived by two daughters, Eileen Ramaekers, of Singer Island, and Janet (William B.) Houston, of Houston; daughter-in-law Patty Pietig, of Carroll; two sons, John F. (Diane) Pietig, of Steamboat, and Louis D. (Mary Ann Neilson) Pietig, of Westport, Conn.; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister Margaret Hugeback, of Wilmington, N.C.; sister-in-law Rita Rupiper, of Carroll; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.