Doris Elise Genetti

Doris Elise Genetti, 88 passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, after a short illness. She was the mother of four and grandmother to 11. Doris was born in 1925 in Berwyn, Ill., to William and Gretchen Fife. She grew up in Oshkosh and after attending St. Louis University, worked for 40 years as a registered nurse in the Oconomowoc area. For decades, she focused on psychiatric nursing at Rogers Memorial Hospital in the Town of Summit. Fulfilling her lifelong dream of lakeside living, Doris, her husband Leonard and family moved to the shores of Upper Nemahbin Lake in 1959. She loved to swim, fish and sail. In her later years, she was known to snorkel along the drop-off on a daily basis. She would compile many albums of underwater photographs featuring the fish native to these waters. Her house became a landmark known for the unusual outdoor art pieces, gardens and the rustic architecture of the house itself. She had a deep mystical connection to the lake and considered her house a sacred retreat from the pressures of everyday life. She liked to call her estate “Lothlorian” in reference to the Elvin sanctuary in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Ring” trilogy. It became a refuge to many a wandering wayfarer over the years. She was deeply engaged in the lives of her children as a mother and mentor. She exemplified to her children and all who knew her the value of including and helping those in need. Doris had an open interest in a variety of religious traditions and found meaning and solace in her explorations. She was a rebellious spirit with distaste for dogma and doctrine and enjoyed a reputation for unconventional, even eccentric behavior. In her last years, Doris remained an avid reader, bird watcher and quiet observer of the life of the lake she knew so well. Doris will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, by 40 years; her partner, Joseph Peters; and her sonin law, John Teeple.

Survivors include her children: Christine Claudatos and her husband, Chris, of San Jose, Calif.; Joeann Genetti-Teeple of Oconomowoc; Gary and Mena Genetti of Warwick, N.Y.; Tom and Sharon Genetti of Oconomowoc; and her “favorite” son, Gregory John Bennett of Oconomowoc; her brother, William Fife of Chicago; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

Special thanks to Rosa, her caregiver.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at

“Vocatvs atque non voctatvs deus aderit” “Called or uncalled, God is present” – Carl Jung