Dorothy Helen Genszler

Jan. 24, 1916 – Dec. 27, 2011

Dorothy Helen Genszler accepted her Lord’s invitation to come home Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. She was born Jan. 24, 1916, in Chicago, to Joseph and Margaret Mezinis.

Her family moved to Racine when she was 18 months old, and that was where she grew up, graduated high school and attended vocational college. Dorothy was united in marriage to the Rev. G. William Genszler in Racine on June 15, 1940. Dorothy was known for her literacy work in Sheboygan and Waukesha, where she trained close to 100 people to become Laubach Literacy tutors. Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress, milliner and her gardens were always a show place. Dorothy was active in the local garden clubs in the communities in which she lived, the women’s groups of the Lutheran church and the Sunshine Club during her years in Racine. One of her greatest talents was the love of teaching she provided for 3-year-old children in Sunday school. She truly believed in train up a child in the Lord ... many 3-year-olds couldn’t have had a better introduction to the love of God, as Dorothy’s life lived that out.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra J. Knutson of Dallas; a son, George William Genszler of Briggsville; a niece, Pennilynn Pautz of Kaukana; two grandsons, Erik J. Knutson and Leif Kjell Knutson, both of Dallas; one granddaughter, Grace QingXian Genszler of Ashland; and four great-granddaughters in Dallas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. G. William Genszler; one son, David G. Genszler; her parents; and one brother, Albert S. Mezinis.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St., Racine. Dorothy will be laid to rest at West Lawn Memorial Park in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha and Lutheran World Relief have been suggested.

Sturino Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 632-4479 or visit online at www.sturinofuneralhome.com.