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Mrs. Genevie Etta Penrose, age 87, of Jenison passed away late Friday evening, July 30, 2010 at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming. After graduating from Cedar Springs High School, she worked in Grand Rapids for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator. A veteran of of World War II, she enlisted in the Army and was stationed at OReilly General Military Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where she met her husband, U.S Army SFC (Retired) Walter L. Penrose. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage until his death in 1999.

After raising her children to school age. she worked at the University of Michigan, Wolverine World Wide and was a travel agent for the past 30 years. Gen was formerly a member of the Cedar Springs Order of Eastern Star and the American Business Womens Association. She loved to travel, knit, cook and spend time with her family.

Surviving are a son, Walter L. Penrose II; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Robert Beck; grandchildren: Jennifer and Andy Ketchum, Melissa and Chris Dillon, Megan and Caleb Opp, and Jason Penrose; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are her brother, Laurence Reyburn of Cedar Springs and sister, Florence Yurich, of Rancho Mirage, CA., and many dear nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the special folks at Metro Hospital, Sunset Home Care, Tendercare of Wyoming and Dr. Kevin Furlong for the extraordinary care they provided our Mother during the her final and difficult years.

Committal services, with full military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on August 20, 2010 at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.


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