Genevieve A. Schultz, 76, of Riverside Calif., and formerly from the Le Mars area, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, Jan.4, 2006, at the Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, Calif.
Genevieve Ardeth Harms was born Oct. 5,1929, in Brunsville, the youngest child of Herman and Lillian (Grau) Harms. She was raised in Brunsville and graduated from Le Mars Community High School.
On June 14,1952, Genevieve and Francis C. Schultz were united in marriage at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Brunsville. They made their home in rural Le Mars and in Cabazon Calif. Francis died in December 2004 and Genevieve then moved to Riverside where she enjoyed living at her Victoria Springs apartment.
Genevieve worked for many years at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars and after moving to California worked in the snack bar at Hadley Orchards.
Family was very important to Genevieve and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved going on gambling trips to nearby casinos, doing needlework and especially enjoyed embroidery. After moving to Riverside, she began taking ceramics classes and made many beautiful gifts for children and grandchildren.
Her memory will be cherished by her family.
Survivors include her four children, Janette Woodall and her husband, Bill of Cleghorn, Susan Erskine of Fountain Valley, Calif., Mary Helton and her husband, Kevin of Riverside, Calif., and John Schultz of Salt Lake City Utah: seven grandchildren, Justin and Jade Woodall, Tony Marquez, Sydnee Helton, Katie Herbst, Bryan and Danielle Erskine and four great-grandchildren,AshLee, Aspen, Drew and Jaxon Woodall.
Along with her husband Francis, Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Mildred Groetken and Wilma Lehnhoff and a brother, Willis Harms.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Banning, Calif., Burial was in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. At the conclusion of the burial, Genevieve's children participated in a ceremony called The Final Flight. Two snow white doves were released, representing Genevieve and Francis, two sweethearts reuniting in heaven. Then four more white doves were releases representing the four children. It was a beautiful sight as the six doves circled the burial area twice before flying away in formation.