Genevieve "Gen" Reichenau, 91, went to her heavenly home Friday, September 24, 2010. She died peacefully at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg with her loving family at her side.
Visitation was Sunday, September 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mason with Pastor Tim Fahrenthold officiating. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery.
"Gen" was born January 31, 1919, in Mason, Texas. She graduated from Mason High School and went to beauty school in San Angelo. She opened a beauty shop in London, Texas where she met her future husband H. C. Reichenau. They were married on August 2, 1941, in Art, Texas. She and H. C. lived on the Slator Ranch near London until 1947 when H. C. took a job on the Door Key Ranch near Christoval. In 1950, they moved to San Angelo. For many years she worked for B & W Merchandise on North Chadbourne. They moved to Mason in 2000.
Throughout the years, she loved to play games with her sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her home was always open to everyone. Children knew where her toy closet was down the hall. Any child visiting wanted to call her grandma, because she was so sweet and giving to them. The candy bowl was always full and ice cream was in the freezer. "Gen" loved flowers and ordered flower bulbs from Holland to adorn their yard.
On warm evenings, she and H. C. and their dog "Honey" enjoyed sitting in their yard where the neighbors would gather. She loved her visits with all of them, celebrating their friendships.
"Gen" loved her Lord and spent mornings at the kitchen table with her Bible open in devotion with Him. She and H. C. were charter members of Lakeview Methodist Church and later joined Trinity Methodist, both in San Angelo. After moving to Mason, she and H. C. became members of First United Methodist Church.
"Gen" was met in heaven by her parents Charlie and Meta Durst, her brother Andrew "Dusty" Durst, sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Lee Roy Strackbein, brother and sister-in-law, Homer and Frances Durst, and mother and father-in-law, Hugo and Mada Reichenau.
She is survived by the love of her life for almost 70 years, H. C. Reichenau; two sons, Charlie and daughter-in-law Linda of Mason, Don and daughter-in-law Ginger of Fredericksburg, four grandchildren, Clint and Brittany Reichenau and Joy and Mike Higgins all of Wall; Cody and Allyson Reichenau and Carly Reichenau all of Austin; Carly and Cody’s mother Carolyn Reichenau of Crane, six great-grandchildren, Grant and Abby Eubank, Gage and Ian Reichenau all of Wall, Isabella and Addyson Reichenau of Austin; step-grandchildren Allison and Wayne Turrentine and Eric Cormel; step-great-grandchildren Will and Seth Higgins and Sterling Turrentine, sister-in-law Leta Durst of Mason, nephew David Durst and wife Karla of San Antonio, nieces Kay and Norman Ponder of Baytown and Gena and Willie Pfeiffer of Fredericksburg and aunt Pearl Leifeste of Art and numerous cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Clint and Cody Reichenau, Mike Higgins, David Durst, Grant Eubank, Eric Cormel and Wayne Turrentine. Honorary pallbearers are "Gen" and H. C.’s visiting neighbors Harold Hoerster, Gene Gammil, Dan Schlender, Jody Wallace, Nancy Hurta and Mark Hurta, and Julia Harrison.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the tender loving care given "Gen" by Dr. Jeffery Holt, the nursing staff at Hill Country Memorial Hospital and Windcrest Nursing Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.