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Geneva M. Bellinger

July 29, 1923 July 8, 2010
Geneva M. Bellinger
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Geneva M. Bellinger was born July 29, 1923, to Carl and Carrie Garber.  She passed away on July 8, 2010 at the age of 86 in her own home with the assistance of her family and Hospice of Helping Hands.  Geneva grew up in the Gladwin area and married John C. Bellinger on August 24, 1941, at the age of 18.  John preceded her in death in 2002.
Other than five years spent on Long Point at Houghton Lake, Geneva lived her entire life in Gladwin County.  She was a dedicated wife to John, a loving and tender mother to her three children, a favorite among her nieces and nephews, and a dear friend to many.  She especially enjoyed her grand and great grandchildren and was thankful to have lived long enough to know them all.  Geneva had a quick wit, a great sense of humor, and a ready laugh.  Her faith was a large part of her life and, as a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church; she volunteered many hours in their kitchen and was active in Our Savior’s Bible Study which brought her much enjoyment.
She is survived by three children; Sharill (Darrell) McGuire of Gladwin and Florida, Jeanne (Ron) Rhoades of Gladwin and Florida, and Mel (Fay) Bellinger of Saginaw and Gladwin; five grandchildren; Malissa (Jim) Kaiser of West Olive, Mary Jo McGuire (Ivan Byler) of Clare, Kirk (Lisa) McGuire of Coldwater, Jeff (Lisa) Rhoades of Coldwater, and Jon (Lori) Bellinger of Sanford; 12 great grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren.  Surviving also are two brothers; Ronald (Thelma) Garber of Gladwin, Laurence (Barbara) Garber of Rochester Hills, one sister; Marilyn (Leo) Atkinson of West Olive, and a dear cousin Esther Rumminger.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by one brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Carolyn Garber; brothers and sisters-in-law; Richard and Lucille Swinehart, Ervin and Marion Reinburg, Dean and Helen Ogg, Fred Mowrey, and one grandson Matthew Rhoades.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gladwin on Saturday July, 24, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with a memorial visitation being held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at church, and internment of the ashes will be in the Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation with Geneva’s family will take place following the service.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Sisson Funeral Home, Gladwin, MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Geneva’s name to Our Savior Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.

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