August 25, 1912 – Friday, June 25, 2010
Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church
June 28, 2010
Genevieve LaBatte, ““Wihake” (5th Born Girl), age 97, of Upper Sioux Community journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Granite Falls (MN) Municipal.
She was born on August 25, 1912, in Wilmot, SD, the daughter of Fred Pearsall and Eunice Amos.
Genevieve attended Pipestone Boarding School and graduated from the Granite Falls High School.
In 1935, Genevieve Pearsall and Walter LaBatte were joined in marriage.
She was a homemaker, and also served as a Community Health Representative for the USC.
She was a life-long member of Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church of the Upper Sioux Community. Genevieve also belonged to its Ladies Aid.
She was one of nine remaining Dakota language speakers in Minnesota. Genevieve was also a living historian. She enjoyed singing from her Dakota Odowan, even up to her final days.
Genevieve also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, baking of bread, gardening, collecting chickens and visiting. Genevieve raised not only her own children, but many of her grandchildren, and her home was always open.
Survived by a son: Walter LaBatte Jr. “Super”; daughters: Juanita L. Pearsall, Joyce L. (Bob) Luckow, Julie (Jonathan) May and Sarah (Roger Abernathy) LaBatte all of the Upper Sioux Community; sixteen grandchildren and thirty two great-grandchildren; a sister: Cerisse Ingebritson of Phoenix, AZ; other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Walter LaBatte, her parents: Fred and Eunice Pearsall, sisters: Estella, Evelyn and Harriet, an infant son: Gary, children: Wayne, Gordy and Deb, grandchildren: Rory, Reggie, Arlin, Dustin, Gerrod and Edwin.
Funeral services for Genevieve LaBatte were held on Monday, June 28th at 11:00 A.M. at Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church in The Upper Sioux Community. Pastor Fern Cloud officiated.
Interment Doncaster Cemetery in Granite Falls.
An all-night wake was held on Sunday, June 27th, beginning at 7:00 P.M. at Multi-Purpose Building, Upper Sioux Community.
Honorary Casket Bearers were grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all of her relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers were Rob Luckow, Justin LaMorie, Loren LaBatte, Blaine Shebala, Travis Leenerts, Preston Enstad, Derek Leenerts, Edwin LittleCreek-Kanuho and Cody Randt.