On April 10th, we lost one of the most giving and kindhearted women. Genevieve, or “Genny” as most knew her by, was born in Weiser, ID on October 6th, 1938. She was born to Alice Belle Ellwood and John Francis Derrick. Genny married the love of her life Monte John Steinmetz on April 15th, 1961 in Spokane, WA. They were happily married for 33 years until his death in 1994. She was preceded in death by their son Baby John, as he was called, in 1968. Genny is survived by daughter Karla Jones (Mark), sons Mike Steinmetz (Dawn) and Mark Steinmetz (Kim). Genny, or better known as “Gram”, leaves behind her beloved grandchildren; Jacob, Alexandra, Ethan and Emily as well as her sister Wanda Sonnabend and family.
Throughout her life, her catholic faith was very important to her and she was very involved in numerous activities at St. Anne Catholic Church. Some of these included parish council, Alter society, rummage sales, as well as coordinating funeral dinners and the prayer chain. She was also very active in community activities including PTA, voter registration and Cub Scouts just to name a few; many considered her a “career volunteer.” In addition to all of her volunteer work, for a short time Genny worked as an office secretary and as a dispatcher for Fire District 10. Her highest priority and honor was nurturing and caring for her family. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life and she will be remembered as a compassionate, loving and encouraging “Gram.”
The family expresses their deepest thanks to Emilie Court Assisted Living, as well as the dozens of others who provided exceptional and compassionate care during her extended illness. In addition, a heartfelt thank you to her many friends for the numerous supportive and inspirational cards, phone calls, e-mails and prayers. These brought such joy and comfort to her.
Genny’s funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Anne Catholic Church located at 708 E Lake Street, Medical Lake, WA. The reception with lunch will follow the service. Burial will be at Holy Cross cemetery in Spokane at 1:30 pm. Remembrances can be made to House of Charity as this was one of Genny’s favorite charities.