1927 -2012

Geneva Schreck, 84, of Coon Rapids, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation services will be Friday, April 20, after 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Coon Rapids.

A memorial service will be April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church in Coon Rapids.

The Rev. Ben Ramirez will be officiating. Diane Slater will be accompanist.

Honorary casket bearers will be Matthew Schreck, Ang Palmersheim and Spencer Schreck.

Burial will be at a later date in Orange Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

Memorials can be made to First Christian Church and Congregate Meals.

Geneva LaVonne, daughter of Earl and Grace Ethel (Hobbs) Cretsinger was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Guthrie County, Iowa. She attended country school and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1944. Geneva then took a job in the office at Armours Creamery in Coon Rapids.

On June 30, 1950, Geneva married Donald Dean Schreck at her family’s farm in Guthrie County. The couple made their home there for a few years while Geneva helped care for her mother. They then moved to Coon Rapids. In 1970, Donald died, and Geneva went back to work, opening a preschool in her home, the first in Coon Rapids.  After the preschool became part of the Coon Rapids Schools she began working as a secretary for the schools and later became the school board secretary until her retirement in 1992.

Geneva was a member of First Christian Church and served as secretary/treasurer. She was an active volunteer with the schools and also congregate meals. Geneva enjoyed crossword puzzles, walking, bird watching, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Steve Schreck and wife Janet of Ankeny and Mary and husband Phil Engelson of Coon Rapids; grandchildren Matthew Schreck and special friend Ang Palmersheim and Spencer Schreck; brother Kenneth Cretsinger and wife Doris of Washington; brother-in-law: Earl Long of Coon Rapids; sister-in-law Millie Schreck of Carroll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Gerald Cretsinger; sisters Arlene and husband Irvin Vetterick; Helen Long and Eleanor and husband Clare Yager; mother and father-in-law Frank and Frances Schreck and brother-in-law Doug Schreck.