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Genevieve Heinz

October 6, 1920 October 15, 2013
Genevieve Heinz
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KICKAPOO – Genevieve Heinz, 93, of Kickapoo, passed away at 1:10 a.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Heddington Oaks in Peoria. Genevieve was born on October 6, 1920, in Milks Grove, IL, to Frederick and Eva (Roth) Schraeder, the eighth of ten children. She married Delmar J. Heinz on November 11, 1943 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2005. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Milton, Paul, Ivan, and Donald; three sisters, Dorothy O’Neill, Maxine Densberger, and Helen Sprecher; and her grandson-in-law, Doug Troxell. She is survived by two sons, Joseph (Betty) Heinz and Mark (Cheri) Heinz both of Kickapoo; five daughters, Sally (Gary) Kulik of Stockton, CA, Nancy (George) Barrington of Villa Park, IL, Laurie (Bill) Bloom of Pekin, Jill (Edward) Hanley of Trivoli, and Mary (Greg) Fuson of Kickapoo; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Adrian Schraeder of Chehalis, WA, and Fred (Helen Ruth) Schraeder of Springfield. Genevieve was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of Heavenly Quilters and Mother’s Club. Although she lost her own mother at the age of three, Genevieve was the most exceptional of mothers and grandmothers. Married to the love of her life for 61 years, she and Delmar created a family built on love and laughter. Money was not always present while raising seven children, but fun was never in short supply. There were always reasons for family gatherings – weddings, baby showers, raking up the pine needles, hikes at Matthiessen Park, and family reunions where Mom was known for her potato salad and chocolate refrigerator dessert. No holiday was too small to celebrate. When you turned 40, you might find 40 of something in you front yard – 40 cardboard turkeys, 40 black garbage bag snowmen or black armbands and dead flower bouquets. Happy milestone were also recognized with plastic Easter eggs. Newlywed grandchildren often came home from honeymoons to find eggs hidden in drawers, purses, cupboards, flour, or light fixtures. And who else took wax paper to the park to slick up the slides or taught us how to slide down the stairs on our stomachs head first as she did as a child? Diabetes didn’t even stop her taste for girly drinks at grandchildrens’ weddings. Oh those Jello shots! Mom/grandma will miss you, but forever remember all you taught us about loving life. Funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Father Joseph Dondanville will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Parish Hall, with recitation of the Rosary at 4 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kickapoo. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, or the American Diabetes Association. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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