Genevieve was the 1st generation born in the United States in Chicago, Illinois on February 26th, 1920 of Polish immigrants, Franciszek and Konstancja (Potoczna) Winiarski.
She was proceeded in death by both parents. Sisters: Anna, Mary and Sophie Winiarski, Veronica (Ted) Pieczonka. Brothers: Joseph and Matthew Winiarski and daughter, Judith (Ralph) Pieniazkiewicz.
Genevieve is survived by sons: John (Cookie) Wiktor of Crossville, TN., Ray Wiktor of Elkhart, IN., and Kevin (Darlene) Wiktor of Bellewood, IL. Son-in-law, Ralph Pieniazkiewicz Sr. Grandchildren: Ralph (Beth) Pieniazkiewicz Jr., Valerie (Joe) Minder, and Kyle Wiktor. Great-Grandchildren: Karlie, Gracie and Trevor Teumac, Morgan Minder, Lillian, Lauren and Peter Pieniazkiewicz.
Genevieve was a hard worker, raising 4 children on a farm in Peotone, Illinois. Owning S&W Grocery Store in Chicago. Later working at Mall Tool Company and Bennet Industries on an assembly line. In 1975 Genevieve moved to South Bend. She worked for the South Bend Community School Corporation at Jackson High School, Jackson Middle School and Washington High School. She retired in 1982 and enjoyed traveling to Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii with family. She danced with the Battel Center Senior Dancers, performing for various groups even at the Indiana State Fair. She was an independent, strong, kind, loving women. A great example and blessing to her family!
Genevieve had a strong Catholic Faith, praying the rosary daily. She was thrilled when John Paul II from Poland was named Pope. She has many pictures of him and traveled to the Vatican to see him. Genevieve loved angels, and now she is an angel watching over us. Forever she will be in our hearts!
A special thank you to the staff in Assisted Living at the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s for their wonderful care. Especially Patty, who always took great care of Genevieve from day one! Also, the entire staff at the Center for Hospice for being so kind and helpful. Genevieve’s nurses Brittney and Rachel always went the extra step to make sure she was properly cared for.
A private Mass with family at St. Jude's Church is planned for Saturday, March 20th, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Foundation, Supporting Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234.