Geneva Lee Ella Edna Willbrand was born at her parents' home in St. Charles, July 26, 1929. Geneva was the third child born to John and Esther (Amrein) Ostmann. She was baptized into God's family on August 11, 1929, at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. Paul E. Kretzmann. Her aunts Ella Tuepker and Edna Amrein were her baptismal sponsors. Geneva confirmed her faith in the Triune God and the teaching of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Zion Lutheran Church on April 18, 1943, by Rev.Wm. F. Bennhoff.
On November 12, 1949, Geneva was united in marriage to Fred Ervin Willbrand. Their ceremony took place at Zion Lutheran Church and was performed by Rev. Kuehnert. They celebrated 63 years together as husband and wife.
Geneva was a proud mother of three children, Tom Willbrand of O’Fallon, Joan (Don) Schmidt of Portage des Sioux, and Phil (Margaret Poggemeier) Willbrand of St. Charles.
Geneva had eight grandchildren whom she loved and cherished: Valerie Kelly, Julie (Matt) Luebbers, Ryan (Julieta) Willbrand, Monica Willbrand, Brad (Emily) Schmidt, Wes Willbrand, Jack (Emily) Willbrand, and Paige (Dominic) Grace. She was also the great-grandmother to Avery, Declan, Graham, Amelia, Aubrey, Julius, Landon, Hudson, Josephine, and three to be born later this year.
In addition to her parents, Geneva was preceded in death by her older 2 older siblings: John Ostmann and Arline Dunkmann. She is survived by her brothers, Paul Ostmann and Orville (Harriet) Ostmann, and her sister, Donna Heitgerd. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Geneva was a faithful member of Trinity. She served on the Altar Guild and taught Sunday School for 10 years. She also taught Sunday School at Zion and played the organ. She was a charter member of the Trinity Ladies Circle and was active in the Craft Circle until her death.
Geneva and her husband Fred were involved in a pinochle club for 45 years. They enjoyed having their many siblings over for supper and playing pinochle with them. They also liked going to dances and music shows.
Geneva enjoyed living on the farm and helping in many ways. She loved being outside doing yard work and picking up pecans. She was warm and inviting and didn’t know a “stranger” for long.
Geneva was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
For these and all the Lord’s blessings we give glory and praise and thanks and honor to God.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Geneva’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church of Orchard Farm or the donor’s choice.
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