Bertha L. Pigeon, 101, passed away at home, Monday morning, Feb. 26, 2018 following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 9, 1916, in Humboldt, she is the daughter of the late Jacob and Rose Mary (Mellon) Van Den Plas. Bertha was raised on the family farm. She married Clarence Pigeon on Oct. 16, 1937 at Saints Peter and Paul Church and he preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1996. Bertha had worked for one of the paper mills before working at Green Bay Canning for a number of years. She was a longtime member of St. Jude Parish. Bertha enjoyed her trips to Bearcats in Algoma with her son, Ron. She enjoyed her time working the flowerbeds and tending the vegetable garden. Bertha will be loving remembered for her hand crafted gifts that were knitted, crocheted or embroidered.
Bertha is survived by one son, Ronald Pigeon, Green Bay; one son-in-law, Donald Josephs, Grand Rapids, MI; seven grandchildren, Kim and Robert Monfils, Arkansas, Jody and Jeff Mead, Arkansas, Connie and Keith Deneys, Pittsfield, Ben Pigeon, Illinois, Dr. Sean and Joy Josephs, Ohio, Scott and Joni Josephs, Michigan, and Brandi Josephs, Michigan; eight great-grandchildren, Daniel Monfils, Missouri, Bethany Monfils Hill and Derik, Arkansas, Melanie Mead Johnson and Sam, Arkansas, Sarah Mead, Texas, Joshua Mead, Arkansas, Kyle and Brittany Deneys, Pittsfield, Tamara Deneys Baranczyk and Luke, Pittsfield, Anthony Deneys, Pittsfield; and four great-great-grandchildren, Olivia and Gabriella Hill, Emmett Deneys, and Asher Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; one son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and Joan Pigeon, one daughter, Darlene Josephs; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Lawrence Vanden Busch and Elsie and Oliver Davister.
Visitation at Malcore (East) Funeral Home, 701 N. Baird Street, Friday, March 2, 2018, from 4-7pm. Parish wake service, 7pm Friday at the funeral Home. Visitation continues Saturday morning, March 3, 2018, at St. Jude Church, 1420 Division St. from 9:30am until the time of the funeral. Funeral Mass, 10:30am Saturday at the church with Rev. Donald E. Everts officiating. Entombment in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum.
Bertha’s family extends a special thank you to Unity Hospice for their assistance caring for Mom. Special thank you to Sara, our social worker; nurses, Traci, Justin, Ashley, and Karen; CNA’s, Melisa and Jackie; and the volunteer coordinators, Kelly and Teresa. Also, thank you to all the other volunteers in caring for Mom.
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