Genevieve Estella (Kooiman) Sas was born August 12, 1920 to Abe and Martina (Mouw) Kooiman on the family farm seven miles northeast of Leota where she was the second child of six children.
Genevieve began working on the farm when she was about five years old. She attended Leota Christian School. After that, she continued to help on the farm and assisted with household duties and caring for her younger siblings.
She married Anthony F. Sas on June 14, 1945. They were married for 43 years and blessed with six children- Charlotte, Leravene, Lugene, Delton, Reneta and Ruby, raising them in Leota.
The couple made their first home in Sioux Falls, SD where Anthony worked for International Harvester. They later moved to Ruthton, MN. where Anthony worked at Nelson Implements and Genevieve worked in the grocery store. They then purchased, owned and operated Anthony’s Hardware Store, in Leota, for 23 years. Genevieve took care of all her children at the store while she worked. After Anthony and Genevieve sold the hardware store, they bought farmland, where they farmed for about ten years. After that, they sold the farm and took up custom wheat harvesting. Anthony drove the combine and Genevieve got her class C driver's license and drove the grain truck, next to the combine. Genevieve and Anthony were always side by side. They always enjoyed working together.
They retired to Sun City, Arizona where Anthony worked on a horse ranch and they both volunteered at the Wycliffe Bible Society, until Anthony passed away in April of 1988.
After Anthony passed away, Genevieve spent the summers in her home in Leota and the winters at her children’s homes in California, Colorado and Michigan, and occasionally with other friends and relatives. There was always a stack of clothes to be mended upon her arrival. This made her smile and she was happy to have a job to do.
During this time, she was blessed to spend much time travelling with her children. She toured through Alaska, Hawaii, Israel, the Netherlands and much of the United States. She treasured her time spent with, and caring for, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Around Christmas time she loved volunteering at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse in Denver.
She enjoyed working on word search puzzles and embroidering flour sack towels. She was very generous and happily shared the handiwork she stitched on those towels. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have at least one set and many were also given as gifts.
Genevieve loved routinely watching the weather in every city where her family was located. She never missed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune in whatever time zone she was visiting. At one point she was excited to attend a taping of Wheel in California.
In her later years, in addition to her annual summer weeks in Leota, she transitioned to living year-round with her children, rotating between them.
Genevieve was a life time member of Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota and enjoyed her years with the
Golden Hour Circle Ladies Aid. She thoroughly enjoyed regularly coming back to her home church to worship.
Genevieve is lovingly remembered by her children: Charlotte (Richard) Vanden Berg of Visalia, CA. Leravene Sas of Westminster, CO. Lugene (Karen) Sas of Ft. Collins, CO., Delton (Kathy) Sas of Denver, CO. Reneta (Terry) Stegehuis of Arvada, CO., and Ruby (Dave) Lankford of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.; her 12 grandchildren and their spouses; her 18 great grandchildren and; her many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is survived by two siblings. Glenn (Harriet) Kooiman of Leota. MN. and Verla (Willis) Beckering of Sioux Falls, S.D. and two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Sas of Edgerton, MN. and Marleen Walsh of Holland, MI.
She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony, her parents, Abe and Martina Kooiman, her in-laws Dan and Ann Sas, her siblings and siblings-in-law Peter (Bertha) Kooiman, Mavis (Arnold) Schaap, and Ardella (Gordon) De Boer, her brother and sister-in-law Wilbert (Lavonne) Sas, her brother-in-law Harvey Sas, and her grandson, Richard VandenBerg Jr.
Psalm 103: 1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits
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