Genevieve Lorraine Voulkos was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Bozeman to William and Dorothy Broekema, children of Dutch immigrants. She was the second of nine children.
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Her family moved to Everett, Wash., and later back to the Bozeman area where she graduated from Gallatin High School in 1946.
She married Emanuel Voulkos, but later divorced.
Ginny was co-owner of the legendary "Manny's" Burger Inn restaurant in Bozeman for more than three decades, starting in the late 1940s. Some of her family members also worked at the diner from time to time in the 1950s. Oftentimes employees could be seen as carhops on roller skates for drive-up service back then. Manny's was celebrated for its generosity to the community, and with enormous and satisfying portion served 363 days a year; serving starving MSU students, fishermen, hunters, and people throughout the west.
She was a lifelong believer in Jesus, and her faith never wavered in spite of her illnesses later in life. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Spending holidays with family was something she always looked forward to. Time spent with her four great-grandchildren was especially wonderful for Genevieve, whom the great-grandchildren called "G.G."
Survivors include daughters, Marcella Robino of Bozeman, and Sue (Mike) Pennington of Belgrade; sons, Duryea "Durk" Voulkos and Daniel (Katrin) Voulkos of Bozeman; grandchildren, Josh (Stephanie) Robino, Robin (Bill) Mayer, and Christy (Alan) David. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Jackson, Emma, and Abby Robino; William Mayer; her sisters, Jerita (Klaas) Andriesen of Bozeman, Irma Tiffany of Bozeman, Meredith (Chet) Moore, Dorothea Walden, Delores Broekema, Marcia (Ray) Hogue; brothers, Morris (Diane) Broekema and Willis (Beverly) Broekema; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy (Ungersma) Broekema; her stepfather, Pete Smith; her former husband, Emanuel Voulkos; brother, Howard; brother-in-law, Ernie Tiffany; and sister-in-law, Angie Broekema.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bozeman Christian Reformed Church, with interment following in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 1 to May 4, 2008