Genevieve Frances Lasher
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On April 9, 2014, one week after her ninetieth birthday, Genevieve Frances Lasher passed from this world to the promise of her Heavenly reward. Genevieve was born on April 2, 1924 to George and Lucille Bissonnette of Wolcott, IN. She was raised on the Bissonnette dairy farm outside of Wolcott along with her four siblings and attended Meadow Lake School. She graduated from Wolcott High School in 1942 and left the farm to work in the Adjutant Generals Office at the State House, where she met and married Emmett Lasher. The two remained by each other's side for 66 years until Emmett's passing in 2010. Genevieve and Emmett settled in Fowler IN and raised three children, Douglas (Marilyn) Lasher of Oneonta, NY; Dr. Maria (David Sankey) Lasher of Wayne, IL; and Theresa (Robert) Sisson of Sturgis, MI. For twenty nine years Emmett and Genevieve owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Fowler, IN. Generations of Fowler children learned to ride on bikes and played with toys originally purchased in their Western Auto Store. Along with her family, both faith and service to her church remained paramount in Genevieve's life. Genevieve was active in the St. Anne society and was a founding member of the Ladies of Charity who opened and operated the St. Vincent DePaul store in Fowler. Genevieve and Emmett welcomed foreign students from Purdue University into their home regularly, giving them a home away from home. During the 1960s and 70s Genevieve was a critical component of Sacred Heart Parish's ministry to the migrant community. Genevieve was a long time member of the Saint Teresa of Avila Bible Study, and in her later years she was instrumental in starting the Sacred Heart Sewing Group, whose members were responsible for making blankets and clothes for thousands of underprivileged children. Genevieve was a gifted artist that excelled in oil painting, tole and china painting. She also made the best cookies and sweet rolls! She could often been seen in her yard on Adams Street, tending to her flowers and bird feeders. Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband Emmett, her 2 brothers, Alfred and Roger and her 2 sisters, Eleanor and Jeannette. Her family, including many nieces, nephews, and her four grandchildren (Matthew and Kimberly Lasher, and Nathaniel and Benjamin Sisson), and her great-grandson (Jude Lasher), will love and miss her always.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. April 12, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fowler, IN. She will lie in state for visitation time from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the Mass. Interment will follow the Mass in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Remington, IN.
Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com
Moss Family Funeral Home
209 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, IL 60510
Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014