Rev. Ron Shifley
Organist ~ Shirley Orth
Soloist ~ Linda Kronaizl
Congregational Hymns “Nearer, My God, To Thee”
“I’ll Fly Away”
Roger Bietz and the late Ron Bietz
Paul Grosshuesch VFW Auxiliary Post #2966
Geneva Viola Gall was born on November 23, 1924 to Otto and Hertha (Baltzer) Bietz on the family farm in rural Tripp, South Dakota. She attended Sharon District #18 country school through the 8th grade. Her mother, Hertha, had some health problems which required her to help at home which prevented her from furthering her education. On March 30, 1944, Geneva was united in marriage to Raymond “Ray” Gall in Tripp. They married while Ray was on leave from the service. To invite family and friends, they drove around asking them to attend. They married at Geneva’s parent’s home.
When Ray was out of the service they made their home on a farm 9.5 miles northwest of Scotland. After being married for 15 years, they were blessed with two adopted children. Geneva was a devoted homemaker and farmwife. She loved the farm life, especially tending a garden and watching the baby calves during spring. She found true contentment living on the farm and had no desire to live anywhere else, she truly loved their home on the farm. Geneva was a great cook, preparing specialty German dishes and kuchens for Easter. She was also very talented in crocheting and sewing. She loved to read, especially newspapers. In 1999, Ray and Geneva moved into Scotland. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Scotland and of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Geneva was a caring, thoughtful woman who loved her church and family.
Geneva passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls having attained the age of 91 years, 5 months, and 1 day.
She is survived and remembered by her children Marcia (Tom) Alexander of Sioux Falls and Gary (Pam) Gall of Spearfish; grandchildren: Elliott (Karli) Strain, Ashley (Jake) Herman, Audrey Gall, Cherise (Sarah) Alexander and Maxwell Alexander; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five step-great-grandchildren; eight sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in January 2001, her parents, brother, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.