Genevieve Pigeon is the mother of Holy Cross parishioner Mary Jane (Paul) Heim
Genevieve Johanna (Schott) Pigeon, 95, passed away Saturday morning, October 10, 2009, after a short illness. The oldest of 14 children, she was born February 18, 1914 in New Franken to the late Theodore K. and Florence (Laundrie) Schott. She attended nine years of school in New Franken and was active in 4H Club work. She was an outstanding 4H Club member and won several state and national honors. She was also a 4H Club leader and was the first 4H Club member to complete 11 years of 4H Club work in Brown County. She married her grade school classmate, Harry Pigeon, on December 31, 1940 at St. Kilian’s Church in New Franken. He preceded her in death on August 10, 1997.
She was a member of St. Philip’s Parish for over sixty years. She was an active member of St. Philip’s Altar Society and is a past President and Honorary member. She was a member of the 25th and 50th Anniversary Committees of St. Philip’s Parish.
Gen loved to sew and made adorable Cabbage Patch doll clothes, Barbie Doll clothes as well as stuffed animals for her grandchildren. She crocheted several baby sweater sets and afghans. She hand-crafted many special quilts which her children and grandchildren now cherish.
She was an awesome cook and taught her children to be good cooks as well. Her homemade doughnuts were a special treat and soon became the best birthday gift ever from Mom and Grandma. The aroma of her homemade bread, biscuits and pastries permeated her kitchen as did her homemade soups, stews, pies and cakes.
Gen loved spending time with her family and always enjoyed a good game of Smear, especially when she won the bid and beat the guys. In later years, she enjoyed playing Bingo with her friends at Woodside Manor and always appreciated visits from her family and friends.
She was a faith-filled person and found great comfort in attending Mass and praying the Rosary. She and Dad believed the family that prayed together stayed together.
Gen is survived by her five children and their spouses, Ronald J. and Sonja Pigeon, De Pere; Judy Ann and Mark Otradovec, Carol Jean and Todd Detert, Richard P. and Cheryl Pigeon, all of Green Bay; Mary Jane and Paul Heim, New Franken; 13 grandchildren, Michael (Lynda) Pigeon, Suamico; Scott (Rebecca) Pigeon, Carnation, WA; Todd Otradovec, Green Bay; Kevin (Anna) Otradovec, Kaukauna; Lisa Otradovec (fiancé, Micah Ross), Appleton; Shelly (Brian) Bashynski, Muskego; Jeff Detert, Green Bay; Karen (James) Slayton, Fort Dix, NJ; Brian Detert (fiancé, Kimberly Moddie), Green Bay; Gina (Andy) Knuth, De Pere; Steven (Stacey) Pigeon, New Berlin; Brent Heim, Houghton, MI and Amanda Heim, Stevens Point; one step-grandson and wife, Tim and Missy Dettmering, Thorton, CO; seven great-grandchildren, Finn, Jack and Harry Pigeon; Aidan and Chase Otradovec; Brandt and Brody Bashynski; six sisters, four brothers and their spouses, Ethel Mae Linzmeier, Richard (Bernadine) Schott, Robert (Donna) Schott, Cletus (Grace) Schott, Marcel (Eleanor) Schott, Marian (Robert) Lardinois, Joan (Richard) Bertrand, Rosalie (Edward) Kinjerski, Rosalyn VandenPlas, Lorraine (Leonard) Loberger; one sister-in-law, Vivian Pigeon; other survivors include many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; mother and father, Florence and Theodore K. Schott; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Theresa Pigeon; two brothers, Andrew and Hilary; one sister, Bernadette Van Lieshout; five sisters-in-law and eight brothers-in-law, Alvin Linzmeier, Orville Van Lieshout; Delores Schott, Albert VandenPlas (who also passed away on October 10, 2009), Joseph and Anna Peters, Clement Pigeon, Lillian Pigeon, Louis Pigeon, William and Alice Pigeon; Walter and Lucille Van Lieshout.
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