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Marcella "Sally" Drapcho

May 11, 1921 — May 27, 2018

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In Loving Memory

Marcella “Sally” Drapcho


Mass of the Christian Burial

Saturday, June 2, 2018     10:30 AM

Holy Spirit Church, Carroll, Iowa

Reverend Timothy Schott, Celebrant



Michael Drapcho     Rosemary Bernholtz



Joseph Drapcho


Poem Reading

Sue Shawler


Gift Bearers

Colleen Drapcho     Elana Bernholtz



“On Eagle’s Wings”     “Dwelling Place”    

 “Celtic Blessing”     “Psalm 42”      “Be Not Afraid”

Holy Spirit Choir     Barb McDermott, Organist


Casket Bearers

Eric Shawler     Benjamin Drapcho     Parke Drapcho

Joseph Drapcho     Alex Bernholtz     Adam Drapcho


Interment with Military Honors

American Legion Post #7

U.S. Army Honor Guard

Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carroll, Iowa

     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’s Academy in Carroll. Marcella then completed her nursing education at St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll. In 1943 she enlisted in the United States 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 were united in marriage at St Peter and Paul Church in Carroll. They lived and raised their six children in Carroll 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 of 1987.          

     Sally was active in her parish, participating in 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 of 2014 she moved to assisted living in Creston to be nearer her daughter. On Sunday, May 27, 2018, Sally passed away at Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston.  She was 97 years of age.

      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.

     She is survived by six children: Joseph (Shirley) Drapcho of Waconia, MN; Michael (Nancy) Drapcho of Covington, LA; Suzanne (Dennis) Shawler of Creston; David (Mary Ann) Drapcho of Sandwich, NH; Robert (Pam) Drapcho of Greene, RI and Rosemary (Alan) Bernholtz of Mancos, CO; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and another baby expected soon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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