Genevieve Jeanette (Kush) Lapacz 91, passed away peacefully in a local nursing home on Saturday, April 17,2021. She was born on December 4, 1929, to the late Walter and Josephine (Kriescher) Kush in the Town of Eaton, where she grew up. Genevieve married her soul mate and best friend, Edward J. Lapacz on May 17, 1947, happily celebrating 63 years of married life together. The couple loved to go dancing, especially to polka music. They also loved to go camping all over the United States in their trailer. In later years, they would spend their winters in Holiday, Florida, from Nov. 1 until May 1, where they thoroughly enjoyed the warmer weather and sunshine, and their Florida friends. Edward preceded her in death on September 22, 2010.
Genevieve loved to read all the time and always had one or more books by her side ready for the next story. She was extremely talented with needlework and crafts and especially enjoyed knitting, tatting and crocheting all kinds of doilies and afghans, and even doll clothes. Many people treasure having the items she lovingly created. She also loved playing card games and loved being able to get a group together to play a game of sheepshead—anytime. Another favorite pastime of Genevieve’s was putting puzzles together—especially the 1000-piece ones. She also always enjoyed playing Bingo. Genevieve could can the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. She was a devote Catholic and life-long member of St. Philip’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by three children: a son, Steve (Maureen) Lapacz, DePere, and two daughters Audrey (Randy) Garbers, West Salem, and Malinda (Jerry) Kidd, Suamico. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Ben (Nicole) Garbers, West Salem, and Jennifer (Tom) Gooding, Rochester, MN.; along with six great-grandchildren: Brennan Garbers, Kennedy Garbers, Greyson Garbers, Finley Garbers, Julia Gooding and Clara Gooding, two sisters-in-law, Clara Mleziva and Mary Jane Lapacz, one brother-in-law, Alex (Neda) Lapacz and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Lillian (Lapacz) Kush, and a sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Robert Bomski, brothers-in-law: Theodore (Dorothy) Lapacz, Louis (Ruth) Lapacz, John (Anna) Lapacz, Anton (Marilyn) Lapacz, Stanley Lapacz, and sister-in-laws: Marie (Bill) Przybylski, Ceil (Vernon) Stoller, Helen (Edmund) Nitka, and Frances (Conrad) Lotto.
A private gathering of the immediate family to honor Genevieve and celebrate her life will be held. She will be laid to rest in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com. Memorials and cards are being accepted at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., Green Bay, WI 54302. Please write ATT: Lapacz Family on the outside of the envelope.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you and deep appreciation to Sister Helen Keyzer, all of the wonderful staff of the Renaissance and Rennes Nursing Home for all of the outstanding care and consideration given to Genevieve during her stay with them, and Unity Hospice for their gentle care and comfort during this time.