THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Genevieve E. Mahoney
Genevieve Elizabeth (Miller) Mahoney, 97, of Suring, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017.
Born Saturday, Aug. 23 1919 in Beaver Dam, she was the seventh child of 11, whos's parents were the late Agid and Anna (Kolb) Miller. She enjoyed living on the farm with her siblings and recorded many escapades in a book in later years. She graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1937 and attended Mayville Normal School. She was a rural school teacher for two years.
She met her future husband, Robert T. Mahoney in seventh grade at St. Peter's School and they married April 17, 1943 at the University Chapel in Madison. They traveled to San Francisco, Ca. where she worked in a military supply office while he flew Navy torpedo planes off carriers in the Pacific throughout the war.
When the war ended, they returned to Beaver Dam area and raised a family. With a new job, they relocated to Green Bay in 1970 and after three years there, they settled in Suring in 1973 where she lived until her death.
She helped with Church projects, taught fifth grade religious education, was secretary of the Altar Society and volunteered at the Suring meal site, the nursing home, and the Gillett Food Pantry.
She told a friend she would like to be remembered in this way, "I came into this world a farm girl, I lived my life as a farm girl and I died a farm girl."
She is survived by four children, Carleen (Lynn) Hasenstab of Burnett, Mary (Jim) Sanderson of Columbus, Ann (Dave) Knutson of Beloit and Jim (Karen) Mahoney of Suring; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Kathleen Sutton and Esther Miller; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; 10 siblings; Arnold (Marge), Andrew (Celia), Norb (Esther), George (Ruth), Ray (Norma), Carl (Marie), Marcella (Melvin) Indermuehle, Anna Mae (Ralph) Plantenberg, Robert (Lorraine) and Carol Miller; in-laws, James and Catherine (Niehoff) Mahoney; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Mike Myers, Elizabeth and Walter (Herm) Hothen and Harland (Suttie) Sutton.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 18 at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. officiated by Sister Marla Clercx. Visitation will resume Monday, June 19 at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Suring. Fr. Dean Dombroski and Sister Marla Clercx will officiate.