R. Schmidt, 87, of Hustisford, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. She
was born in Hartford on April 15, 1925, the daughter of Paul and
Catherine (nee Lischka) Zingsheim.
Genevieve, along with her friends, would hide behind school during
recess to speak German. Speaking anything other than English was not
allowed in school during that time. To this day, she still greeted her
family and friends with “Wie geht’s?” and when things weren’t going her
way, she would say “Ach du lieben!” Like many children during this time,
Genevieve had to leave school early to help at home and to work outside
the home to raise money for her family. She began working outside the
home at 13 years old. Genevieve cooked, cleaned, nannied and cared for
the elderly. It was during this time in her life that she found her
She met Wilfred Schmidt and married him on May 7, 1949. Together they
raised eight children. In 1968, they moved to Hustisford and Genevieve
opened Schmidt’s Village Pantry. This was a woman with an eighth-grade
education, eight children to raise, and she opened her own business! For
the next 20 years, she worked endlessly to provide great German cooking
and customer service to thousands of customers over the years.
Genevieve loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed many
family reunions and fishing trips. Genevieve was always surrounded by
her children, siblings, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, and was
always friendly, kind, happy, positive and grateful. She was also an
avid card player, playing sheepshead, canasta, pinochle, cribbage and
solitaire. In her retirement, she would have played more than 30,000
games of solitaire! She played even more hands of sheepshead!
Most importantly, Genevieve was very devout. She probably burned as many
religious candles to pray for others as she played hands of solitaire.
Genevieve prayed the Rosary twice a day every day. She always put God
first and was devoted to our Blessed Virgin Mary.
She is preceded in death by her husband Wilfred Schmidt in 2001, her
daughter Brenda, infant granddaughter, her sister Veronica Ewert, her
brothers Eugene, Phillip and Daniel Zingsheim, her brothers-in-law
Herman Schulteis and William Kenealy, and her sons-in-law Michael
Engerson and Gordon Skalitzky Sr.
Genevieve is survived by her children Mark Schmidt of Hustisford, Fern
(Dan) Turner of Reeseville, Julie Engerson of Hustisford, John Schmidt
of Reeseville, Bruce (Cecelia) Schmidt of Hartford, Gail Schmidt of
Oshkosh and Mary Ellen (Brian) Bauerschmidt of Pleasant Prairie, 14
grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, her
sisters Rita Schulteis of Germantown, Pauline Kenealy of Theresa, her
brother Fred (Dianne) Zingsheim of Theresa, her sister-in-law Marilyn
Zingsheim of Theresa, her brother- in-law Roy Ewert of Hartford, and her
son-in-law Wesley Braunschweig of Neosho. She is further survived by
many many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, from 10 a.m.-noon at
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Neosho. Funeral service will follow at
noon at the church. The Rev. Alois Van Beek will officiate. Interment
will be at Hustisford Cemetery.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family.