March 16, 1927-May 23, 2013
Genevieve Bernice (Pickett) Schoelkoph, 86, of El Cajon, Calif., passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Janice Bailey on Thurs-day, May 23, 2013 in El Cajon.
Genevieve suffered a heart murmur since childhood and developed congestive heart disease in later years. After an
extended illness, she is resting in the arms of the Lord.
Genevieve was born March 16, 1927, at Toad Lake in Becker County. She was the fourth of five children born to Harry Eli Daniel Pickett and Eliza Jane Sansburn. She married Wallace Marvin Schoelkoph on September 29, 1945, in Ogema, just three weeks after they met. At first they lived with his folks, then moved to a 'homestead' farm near Ogema. They had three daughters while living there: Alice Bernice, Carol Anne and Joyce Elaine.
In October 1953 the farm was sold, and the family headed west. A stop in Great Falls, Cas-cade County, Montana, led to a job at the Ana-conda Copper Refinery for Wallace. There another daughter was born, Janice Lynn. Later Alice, who has cerebral palsy, moved to a state and privately run hospital at Boulder, Mont.
Genevieve became a nurse's aide and worked at Cascade County Hospital for several years. In 1971, Wallace was diagnosed with cancer. Genevieve and Wallace moved to San Diego, Calif., and Wallace was treated at the Veteran's Hospital until his death, May 11, 1973. During his time of illness, Genevieve and daughter Carol helped to care for him.
Genevieve also worked part time as an instructional aide for the local community college sys-tem. She became a kitchen helper for the Salva-tion Army, and excelled in each area.
After Wallace died, Genevieve moved back to Great Falls for a short time. In August 1973 she brought Alice from Boulder to San Diego, and became her caregiver. She and Alice lived in San Diego for many years, and then moved to El Cajon, where she purchased a condominium. It was home for her and Alice until 2012, when Genevieve moved in with her daughter, Janice.
Alice still lives in El Cajon as an independent consumer.
Genevieve learned to drive in California. She even drove the freeways.
Genevieve was a junior in high school when she married in 1945. In June 1976 she finished her senior year at San Diego Hoover Adult School and received her high school diploma.
Genevieve painted pictures, created many crocheted projects, and she shared her creative ideas with friends and family. Many people have remembrances of her through her gifts of a craft. She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 310 in San Diego and later, El Cajon Chapter 303. She served as president and chaplain.
Surviving Genevieve are her daughters, Alice Schoelkoph, Carol (David) Anderson, Joyce Hughes and Janice Bailey; grandchildren, Tara (Jeremy) Beck, Alex (Leslie) Hughes, Heidi Hughes, Shandree (Nas) Helewa, Tiffany Anderson, Jessica (David) McKean and Joshua Bai-ley; great grandchildren, Tyler, Lydia and Brandon Hughes, Yusef and Genevieve Helewa; and sisters-in law Joyce Pickett, Trudy Schoelkoph, Elise Schoelkoph and Ella Pack.
Preceding her in death were her parents; broth-ers Michael, Patrick and Dennis; and sister Har-riet.
Genevieve donated her body to the University of California in San Diego for medical research. Her cemetery stone will be placed next to her sister Harriet in the Evergreen Pickett Cemetery at Frazee.
The family is thankful to the Hospice Care and the Medical staff at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego.