Eugene Piette, 84, Neenah, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012. He was born September 27, 1927, in Appleton, son of James and Rose (Beelen) Piette. Gene married Mary Stepanski in April, 1958, at St. John Catholic Church, Menasha. She survives him. They have four fine sons: Patrick (Diane) Piette, Oshkosh; Joseph (Maria) Piette, Annapolis, MD; John (Joanne Kimata) Piette, Ann Arbor, MI; David Piette, Cudahy; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild; a brother, James (Bettye) Piette, Savannah, GA; brother-in-law, Jack (Edie) Stepanski; sister-in-law, Janet Gugala, Menasha; relatives: Mary Jo Theis and Jeanette Piette, both of Appleton; other relatives and many friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Betty Frazier and Carol Piette; and a brother-in-law: James Stepanski.
Eugene was a veteran of WWII, having entered the U.S. Army after graduating from Appleton High School in 1945. From the time of his discharge from the Army until 1962 he was active in the Army Reserve. He believed in and actively supported the mission of the Army reserve as it was used at that time. Following his discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Lawrence University, Appleton. Gene graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lawrence in 1951 and received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. After graduating from Lawrence, Gene was employed by Marathon Corporation which was later merged with American Can Company. He remained with Marathon and American Can until 1980, retiring in 1992 from Menasha Corporation in Watertown.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 620 Division St., Neenah, with Fr. Michael Ingold officiating and Fr. Larry Seidl concelebrating. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Menasha. Visitation will be at the Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial St., from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, and at the church from 10:00 a.m. Monday until the time of the Mass. A prayer service led by Fr. Mike Carroll will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Gene’s name for St. Margaret Mary Parish.
Gene’s family wishes to thank Affinity Hospice and staff along with family and friends for their loving care and compassion.