Obit: White, Genevieve J. (1923 - 2004)

Contact: Kipp Kippenhan

----Source: Wendesday, April 28, 2004 edition of the Clark County Press

Genevieve J. White

Genevieve White, age 80, of Chippewa Falls, died Thursday, April 22, at the Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chippewa Falls.

Genevieve Josephine White was born on October 21, 1923 at home in rural Bruce, the daughter of John and Emma (Cevanansky) Slesar. She grew up on a farm near Bruce and attended area schools. She enlisted in the Women's Air Force in November, 1942 and received an honorable discharge in May, 1945. On May 17, 1947 Genevieve married Lawrence "Larry" White in Ladysmith, at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. She was a religious education teacher for 28 years and a member of the Busy Bee Homemakers for years. Genevieve received her GED in 1979. She then ran for Granton School Board and served for three terms. Her hobbies were ceramics, gardening, drying food and collecting cookbooks. Her children and grandchildren were her life. She spent many hours supporting her children's sports and activities. She was their biggest fan. Genevieve spent her last 13 years at the Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her family appreciates the great care she received while in their care.

She is survived by ten children; David (Diane Payne) White, of Watertown; Robert (Lisa Bazar), of Boise, Idaho; Marlene (David Soppeland), of Eau Claire; Charles White, of Freeport, Ill.; Joseph (Kathleen Kurth) White, of Shawno; John White, of Darien; Patricia (Randy) Wesenberg, of Milildore; Lawrence (Lisa Goessl) White, of Beloit; William (Mary Steeft), of Capron; Michael White, of Freeport, Ill.; 29 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren. Genevieve is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Bastian and Mary Spiegelburg and one brother, Steve (Sally) Slesar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence "Larry" White; two brothers, Emil and Carl Slesar; a sister, Ethel Christman; granddaughter, Emily White and Genevieve's parents, John and Emma Slesar.

A Memorial Mass for Genevieve was held on Monday, April 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant was Fr. Woodrow H. Pace. Interment was in St. Stephen's Catholic Cemetery in Chili.

The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Genevieve's family with Funeral arrangements.



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