Gerald R. Pienta (Captain Joe) age 71 died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. He was born on January 17, 1943 to the late John F. and Anna (Melanik) Pienta.
Capt. Joe served in the U. S. Army and was a member of the Presidents 100 Rifle Team.
He was a member of and retired from the Insulators Local 127 Union. He was also a Charter Captain for forty years out of Kewaunee. He is in the fishing hall of fame for single handedly landing the line record salmon in the state.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay and was a Master Mason. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Carter of thirty-three years; one son and daughter-in-law: Michael and Julie Pienta; one daughter and son-in-law: Nina and Aaron Penning; three grandchildren: Ariauna and Lucy Pienta and Zoey Penning; two brothers: John (Peggy) Pienta; Thomas (Ruth) Pienta; two sisters: Eileen (James) Bierhals; Veronica (Jim) McGillivray; his mother-in-law: LaVerne Carter; three sisters-in-law: Laurie Pienta; Kristen (Daniel) Olson; Julie (Matthew) Moriva; one brother-in-law: Walter Lesko and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother: Jim Pienta; one sister: Ruth Lesko.
A memorial and celebration of his life will be held at Selner Park in Kewaunee, WI on Friday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.