Genevieve M. Kurtz, 91
April 12, 1925 ó July 18, 2016

Genevieve M. Kurtz, 91 Genevieve M. (nee Kirmse) Kurtz, 91, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, at The Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence R. Kurtz, the mother of Roland (Eileen) Kurtz, Carol (Joe) Waters, Kenneth (Gail) Kurtz and Julie Ann (David) Taylor, and had a very special niece, Dawn (Jim) Goad. She was born April 12, 1925, to Elmer and Julia Kirmse. She was united in marriage to Clarence R. Kurtz at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg on April 15, 1944.

Genevieve, known to everyone as Jennie, was very involved in the 4-H program. She was the leader of the Foods and Nutrition Program. Jennie and Clarence also owned and operated The Country Collectibles Antique Shop next to their home. She was a past member of the St. Johnís Ladies Auxiliary. She had a servantís heart and never asked for anything, and always there to help. Mom loved to yodel and sing at polka parties and left wonderful memories for everyone who heard her.

Survivors also include her grandchildren, Cheryl (Cory) Castaneda, Kari (Bert) Diver, Josh Kurtz, Jennifer (Mike) Moldenhauer, Joe (Jill) Waters, Chris (Jenn) Waters and Matthew (Patti) Kurtz; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Eugene (Marilyn) Kirmse, Robert (Loretta) Kirmse and Jack (Carol) Kirmse; sister, Mary Lou (Clyde) Gerner; sister-in-law, Susie Kirmse; many nieces and nephews; and many good friends. She left us all with wonderful memories to cherish. Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents, Elmer and Julia Kirmse; her brothers and sisters, Ethel Herriges, Winnable Race, Blanche Battermann, Myrtle Wilkens, Ray Kirmse, and Orville Kirmse; and a grandson-in-law, Joe Davidson.

A funeral service for Genevieve will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 22, at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg. The Rev. Kurt Schaser will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Genevieveís family will greet relatives and friends Friday at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg or to the charity of your choice in memory of Genevieve are appreciated.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Genevieveís arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to The Kathy Hospice staff, as well as the staff at the MCU unit at St. Josephís Hospital and Annie Schneider for keeping her mind busy by enjoying the polka parties so she could yodel and continue her passion of yodeling and singing for the residents with Annie at Monday night polka parties.