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Genevieve Rincker

Genevieve “Gen” Rincker, 94, of Effingham, passed away at 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham, with the Rev. Theodore Gall officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery on Dutch Lane in Effingham. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made in loving memory of Genevieve to the St. John’s Food Pantry in Effingham.

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Genevieve was born on January 15, 1922, in Tower Hill, to Henry and Sylvia (Allison) Behl. She married Ward F. Rincker on April 19, 1941, in St. Charles, MO. He preceded her in death on January 30, 2012.

Genevieve worked as a cook and dietitian for St. Anthony Hospital until her retirement. She enjoyed her work there, especially visiting patients regarding special diets. She was a gentle loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She especially enjoyed traveling and the 13 years she wintered in Florida. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham.

Genevieve is survived by her 3 daughters, Janice (Clint) Thrasher, of Enid, Oklahoma; Joyce (Ronnie, deceased) Wenthe, of Watson; and Judy (Donnie) Ealy, of Effingham; daughter-in-law, Jane Rincker, of Neoga; grandchildren, Dale (Carol) Laue, of Altamont; Karen (Bud) Grossman, of Lubbock, Texas; Brian Wenthe, of Watson; Brad (Vicki) Wenthe, of Watson; Kevin (Becky) Wenthe, of Effingham; Diane (Barry) Brandt, of Effingham; Sherri (Tim) Schumacher, of Effingham; Greg Ealy, of Toledo; Angie West, of Rantoul; Deanna (Rob) Gillis, of Olney; and Bill (Chrissy) Rincker, of Mechanicsburg; step-grandson, Adam Corley of Champaign; 27 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and Gen’s caregiver, Julie Terry, of Effingham.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ward; son, Bill Rincker; son-in-law, Ronnie Wenthe; step-grandson, Eric Corley; and 3 sisters, Audrey Dennison, Viola Cox and Bernadine Collins.

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