Margaret V. (Genetta) Elliot

Born: Sat., Feb. 25, 1922
Died: Thu., Dec. 11, 2014


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Mon., Dec. 15, 2014
Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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"Mum" entered the world as Margaret V. Genetta, February 25, 1922, in Masury, Ohio. Her parents, newly arrived immigrants, settled into the Hungarian community outside Youngstown, Ohio. She spoke Hungarian first, only learning English in order to go to school. She is the oldest child of Andrew and Rose (Mate) Genetta, and is survived by brother, Steve Genetta, and sister, Rosemarie Dailey (both of Girard, Ohio). A brother, Andrew, preceded her in death in 2011. June 1945 she eloped with the "love of her life," Samuel Rhinehart, and began her career as our "Mum." They moved frequently around northern Ohio while Sam was employed by Jewel Tea Company until putting down roots in Michiana in 1958. Dad developed a career with Prudential Insurance and Mum did about everything else we needed. Sam's health failed and in 1970 she became a widow with 2 sons in college and a teenager at home. Difficult as it must have been, she shifted into high gear and did everything she could to keep moving forward. She might even have served you a donut at Dunkin Donuts, completed your sales transaction at Gilberts' Men Store, made you a milkshake at Avenue Cut Rate, sold you milk at Hillview Dairy on your way home from work, before she finally retired from the South Bend Clinic's insurance/record department. She eloped again in 1978 to marry C. Devon Elliott. They learned together what retirement was like, participated fully in the life of their church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, loved the grandkids, enjoyed dances with their Elks friends, and made frequent visits back to her Ohio home for family events/parties until his death in 2001. Again, widowhood jolted her out of a comfortable life, although this time she was no longer as young, energetic, and her age began to "show." She commented frequently about our decision to move her to "The Home" but settled into yet another lifestyle quite successfully. We are so thankful for the many years and adventures we've had, but already "miss her to the moon and back." Margaret is survived by a sister, Mrs. John Dailey (Rosemarie), and brother, Stephen W. Genetta, both of Girard, OH; sons, Lewis Edward (Patricia Siegesmund) Rhinehart of Westville, IN, James Drew (Becky Kuzmanovich) Rhinehart of Granger, IN, and Randall Alan (Carol Tavenner) Rhinehart of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Dr. Kirstin Rhinehart (South Bend), Dirk (Kathrin) Rhinehart, and sons, Noah and Jakob of Porter, IN, Erik (Julia) Rhinehart of Klagenfurt, Austria, and Aaron Rhinehart of Columbus, OH. While the nieces and nephews (and their children and grandchildren) are too many and too scattered to enumerate, each was dear to her and filled her mind with comforting memories that brought joy to her heart. Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1021 Manchester Drive, South Bend. Family and friends gathering will be held 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by funeral services beginning at 3:00 p.m. Burial and committal service will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials: The family suggests that memorials be made to: Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637; or the Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax, South Bend, IN 46617. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Margaret's memory to the following organizations:

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, 46617

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

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Pam Drinkall Alexander
   Posted Mon December 15, 2014
Please accept my condolences for your mom. She was a very special part of my childhood. I especially remember the phone call that there was a dozen dunkin donuts in our mailbox. I remember the jelly rolls and kieflies. She always had a treat for us kids and I loved her like a grandmother. She was always a special friend to my mom and dad too. She will be missed. Love to all! Pam

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