CROSSLAKE — Genevieve Guntzel, 89, of Crosslake, formerly of New Brighton, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Golden Horizons of Crosslake, Minn. She was preceded by Edgar Guntzel and is survived by Tim (Ann) Guntzel, Paul (Greg) Larkin, Pan (John Hall) Guntzel, Marcia (Adam) Feldman; her grandchildren, Rich (KC) Guntzel, Darcy Nelson, Robin Nelson and Eli Feldman and her great-grandchildren, Jack Guntzel, Rae Ann Guntzel, Alex Guntzel and Ryan Guntzel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Glen Haven Chapel in the Washburn McReavy Funeral Home, 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal, Minn. A luncheon will follow the service. Genevieve will have a private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Genevieve was born on Sept. 16, 1921, in Minneapolis, the daughter of John and Eva (Corey) LaHood. She graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 1939, and married Edgar Guntzel in 1949. They had four children, and after raising her family, she continued her education and earned an associate of arts degree from Anoka Ramsey Jr. College in 1974 and a bachelor of science degree from St. Cloud University in 1976. She went on to earn her real estate license.
Genevieve will be remembered for her love of music and her passion for learning. She was an accomplished pianist and singer. Always generous in sharing her knowledge of music with others, she encouraged both children and adults to learn music. She also enjoyed studying a broad array of subjects including elementary education, interior design, antiques, financial planning, the Arabic language and the Bible. She spent many hours teaching English as a Second Language to the Hmong people, whom she loved, and who settled in the Minneapolis area. She was a gifted seamstress, taking great care with the detail of each garment she made. Genevieve was proud of her Lebanese heritage and loved the food, the music, the language, the dancing, and the culture. She will be tenderly missed by her extended family, friends, and the caring staff of Golden Horizons, where she spent her final years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials donations can be made in memory of Genevieve Guntzel to The Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or MacPhail Center for Music, Development Department, 501 S 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401.