Eugenia Levi (1919 - 2014)

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Eugenia (Genie) Levi

Eugenia (Genie) Levi died Sunday, February 23 just 4 days shy of her 95th birthday.

Genie was born February 27, 1919 to Thomas F. and Martha (McDermott) Carberry in Buffalo NY. Though she grew up during the Depression, she had many happy memories of summers spent at "The Beach," a family cottage on Lake Erie. In 1940, she graduated from D'Youville College with a biology major/chemistry minor and began working at DuPont.

Through mutual friends, she met James H. Levi from Stevens Point. They were married on February 17, 1945 in Buffalo while Jim was on leave from the Army Air Corps. They returned to Stevens Point shortly after their marriage and started a family. Jim, who served 28 years as County & Circuit Court Judge, died in 1984.

Genie was a loving and devoted mother to her seven children. Home was a busy place where she brought her Catholic faith alive by celebrating church holidays and feasts. She was a den mother and introduced her children to camping and cross country skiing. She had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Her roast pork was legendary and she never used a recipe.

Genie was also a loving and devoted grandmother. She often traveled to attend her grandchildren's activities throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as Colorado and Oregon and was proud of all their accomplishments. She also loved traveling for the joy of learning and new experiences. Through the Elderhostel Program (now Road Scholar), Genie visited many states as well as China, Greece and the United Kingdom. She also travelled with family to France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy and Peru.

Genie was a graduate of the Diocese of La Crosse Lay Ministry Program and through her parish participated in a mission trip to Andros, Bermuda.

She was a long time member of the Stevens Point Art League and the Stevens Point Doll Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid reader. Losing her vision was very difficult for her but she learned to enjoy books on tape through the Wisconsin Talking Book Library.

In the last 8 years, Genie began welcoming great-grandchildren into her life. Travel had become more challenging so the great grandchildren made frequent visits to see "GG". And nothing brought a bigger smile to her face than playing "Creep Mouse" with the little ones.

Genie is survived by six children: Thomas Levi (Jude Christensen), Marianne Siebert, Marti (Greg) Sowka, John (Carole) Levi, Jim Levi and Joan (Greg) Bennett and one daughter-in-law, Debbie Levi. She is further survived by 15 grandchildren: Andreas Levi, Peter Levi (fiancé Andrea Ward), Connor Levi, Derek (Molly) Siebert, Molly (Jason) Einck, Luke (Mary) Siebert, John Siebert, Ellen (Eric) Goodman, Julie (Trevor) Roark, Kellen Levi, Shane Levi, Jessiah (Amanda) Bennett, Erin Bennett, Meghan Bennett and Nathan Bennett and two step-grandchildren, Audra and Grant Howard. She is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Michael Patrick and her brother Thomas F. (Bud) Carberry, Jr.

The family would like to thank the staff at River View Lodge for the exceptional care they provided Genie the past 2 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am, on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. Joseph's Convent Chapel, 1300 Maria Drive, Stevens Point. The Rev. Tom Lindner of Newman University Parish will preside. Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday February 28 and on Saturday 10:00 am until the time of service at the Convent.

Memorials can be made to Catholic Relief Services, Operation Bootstrap or a . Online condolences may be made at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.

Mom, motherhood was a career you did so very, very well. As you shared your strong faith in Jesus by offering up countless prayers for family and friends throughout your life, we trust that when you entered heaven your final prayer for peace, rest and joy was answered. Your graciousness and gratitude for all the Lord provides leaves your family with a legacy of faith.

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Published in Stevens Point Journal on Feb. 27, 2014
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