Geneva E. Wheeler

Born: Sat., Mar. 2, 1929
Died: Sat., Feb. 6, 2021


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 20, 2021
Location: Detroit Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 20, 2021
Location: Detroit Methodist Church

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Geneva E. Wheeler, age 91, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at her son’s home.  She was born on March 2, 1929 in Detroit, IL to Eben and Rita Splain Pennock.  She married Lyle Wheeler on April 24, 1947 in Detroit, and he preceded her in death on September 30, 1993.

Geneva graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1946.  She was a stay home mother and farmer’s wife for thirteen years and then went to work as an aide for Bartmann Nursing Home in Atlanta, IL for five years.  At age forty, she went to Nurses Training and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, working another five years for Bartmann.  Geneva went to work for the State of Illinois as an LPN and retired in 1996 then moved back to Pittsfield.  While in Pittsfield, she enjoyed being involved in Ladies Aid at Milton Christian Church and the Little Blue Club before returning to her home church, Detroit Methodist Church.  Geneva relocated to Amarillo, Texas to live with her daughter, Janice, and son-in-law, Bill, and enjoyed participating and hosting “Life Begins at 40” group as well as other activities and attending services at Victory Church.  After Janice passed away, Geneva moved to Mesa, Arizona where she had been living with her son, Phil and his wife, Patty.  Geneva always enjoyed a beautiful yard with yard ornaments and swinging on the patio watching the birds at the feeders.  She will be missed.

She is survived by two sons, James (Debbie) Wheeler of Downs, IL and Phil (Patty) Wheeler of Mesa, AZ; eleven grandchildren and two step grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren and six step great great grandchildren; and son-in-law, Bill Spaits.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Wheeler; daughter, Janice Spaits; and siblings, Elizabeth Barker, Everett Pennock, and Eloise McDowell.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Detroit United Methodist Church in Detroit, IL. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM -11:00 AM prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to be made to Bethel Cemetery. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Geneva's memory to the following organization:

Bethel Cemetery
Griggsville, Illinois

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Pat Glenn
   Posted Mon February 15, 2021
Phil and Jim, and family,
So sorry for the loss of Aunt Geneva. It was so great for me to be able to visit with her and Jan a few years back when we were traveling west. I know Mom loved the years Aunt Geneva lived back in the area with her. Thoughts and prayers for you all. I don't know that we can make the services.

Lyla and Brad Paull
   Posted Mon February 15, 2021
Jim and Debbie Phil and Patty ,I will never forget the times we visited Pittsfield.Most of the time we stayed with Geneva, truly her home was ours.Geneva treated me like a daughter and I loved her so .She brought Daddy and Eloise to Mississippi and they stayed with me and Brad .I will never forget her ,until I see you again in heaven,I will miss you dearly.

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