Genevieve Swick Paroni (07/27/1926 - 04/24/2011)

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(Age 84)

Of Post Falls died on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. She was born in Eureka, Nevada on July 27, 1926 to William Jackson and Myrtle Rose (Smith) Swick.
She married Walter Paroni on December 26, 1954 in Eureka. The family moved to Berkeley, California for several years and then to Wallace in 1968. Walt and Gen moved to Post Falls in 2004.
Gen grew up in Eureka and graduated from Eureka High School in 1944. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada in 1948. She taught in the Eureka County Schools and at Wallace High School for total of 34 years retiring in 1991. Gen received a Master of Science from the University of Idaho and also attended graduate programs at MIT, the University of Washington and Princeton. She was Idaho finalist for the Presidential Awards Program for Excellence in Science Teaching several years and the chemistry classroom in the Wallace jr/sr High School was dedicated in her honor.
Gen served as organist for St. James Episcopal church in Eureka starting when she was 16 and also served as organist for Holy Trinity Episcopal church in Wallace for many years. Genevieve was the first woman to service on the Wallace City Council and later served many years on the Wallace Public Library board.
Gen was active professionally in the Business and Professional Women, AAUW, Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a 55 year member and a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Daughters of the Nile. She was active in the Rebekahs and Pythian Sisters in Nevada. She enjoyed the Silver Valley Arts Association after retiring. Gen enjoyed camping with her family particularly in the Sierras. She enjoyed painting, art work, crafts and working in the garden. Gen loved history and wrote many natural history and historical articles for various publications.
She is survived by her daughter Andrea Paroni Storjohann of Rathdrum; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Howard Kirk; niece Mary Kirk; nephew John (Lorna) Kirk all in California; nephew Tony Kirk in Argentina and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Walt in 2010 and by her parents.
The family requests memorials to Wallace Public Library, 415 River St., Wallace, ID 83873, Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835 or the Spokane Shriners' Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 21st at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 501 Wallace, Coeur d'Alene. Graveside services will be held Memorial Day weekend in Eureka, Nevada. Please visit Gen's memorial and sign her online guest book at

Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2011
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