June 1, 2018

Marcella “Sally” Drapcho, 97, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be the Rev. Timothy Schott. Lectors will be Michael Drapcho and Rosemary Bernholtz. Eulogy will be presented by Joseph Drapcho. There will be a poem-reading by Sue Shawler. Gift bearers will be Colleen Drapcho and Elana Bernholtz. Music will be by the Holy Spirit choir and organist Barb McDermott. Casket bearers will be Eric Shawler, Benjamin Drapcho, Parke Drapcho, Joseph Drapcho, Alex Bernholtz and Adam Drapcho. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post 7 and U.S. Army Honor Guard will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of Mass at Holy Spirit Church.

Ohde Twit Funeral Home in Carroll is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Magdalene “Sally,” daughter of William and Pauline (Gross) Pietig, was born May 11, 1921, on a farm near Roselle, Iowa. She was the youngest of five children. She attended grade school in Roselle and graduated from St. Angela Academy in Carroll. Marcella then completed her nursing education at St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll. In 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Army as a nurse, receiving her basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. During basic training she met her future husband. Her active duty was in Europe, primarily in France. She received a Bronze Star award for her service time.

After her honorable discharge in 1946, Sally returned to the Carroll area, and in April of that year she and Joseph Drapcho married at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll. They lived in Carroll, where they raised their six children and were members of Holy Spirit Parish. When her children were young Sally remained at home to care for her family. In 1960 she returned to nursing at St Anthony Hospital, retiring in 1985 to care for her husband. Joe died in December 1987.

Sally was active in her parish, participating in the Holy Spirit choir for many years. She gardened and canned the garden produce and made jams and jellies. She also had a green thumb with her beautiful flowers. Sally was quite a seamstress, making her children’s clothes and knitting, crocheting and embroidering. Traveling to Alaska and Europe where she located distant family was a highlight in her later life. She was proud to be a member of St. Anthony School of Nursing Honor Guard and volunteered at the New Hope Village Store over 25 years.

After the death of her husband, she remained in their home until her health no longer permitted her to live alone. In April 2014 she moved to assisted living in Creston to be nearer her daughter.

Sally is survived by six children: Joseph (Shirley) Drapcho of Waconia, Minnesota; Michael (Nancy) Drapcho of Covington, Louisiana; Suzanne (Dennis) Shawler of Creston; David (Mary Ann) Drapcho of Sandwich, New Hampshire; Robert (Pam) Drapcho of Greene, Rhode Island, and Rosemary (Alan) Bernholtz of Mancos, Colorado; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and another baby expected soon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides her husband, Sally was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings: Leonard (Evelyn) Pietig, Evelyn (Wilbur) Heiman, Louis (Genevieve) Pietig, Lorine (Elmer) Renze and a sibling at birth.