Geraldine M. Lenehan

geraldine lenehan
Geraldine M. (Chihak) Lenehan, age 92, of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOME’S FACEBOOK PAGE. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 at the church on Tuesday prior to the funeral mass. Burial will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes. We encourage those attending services to ensure mask wearing and social distancing guidelines. Online condolences may be left at Geraldine Marie was born August 20, 1928, the daughter of Alois and Adella (Svestka) Chihak in Paris Township, Iowa. Geraldine attended Rudolphinum Catholic School in Protivin, IA. Though there are questions about the details of how they met, Geraldine was united in marriage to the love of her life, James Lenehan on June 10, 1952 at Holy Trinity Church in Protivin. The couple made their home in rural Alta Vista where they welcomed their 10 children, Rosanne, Rosalee, Rick, Randy, Rodney, Robert, Roger, Ronald, Raeanne, and Renee. This family also grew to include 23 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; with two new great grandchildren on their way in 2021. “Grandma’s hugs were the best!” She so loved giving and receiving hugs from each of the children! Geraldine loved cooking and baking, especially cookies for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was a rule that company would never leave hungry and often took leftovers home. Geraldine was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She is deeply missed by her children; Rosanne Schultz; Rosalee (Denny) Lechtenberg and family; Rick Lenehan and family; Randy (Patty) Lenehan and family; Rodney (Cindy) Lenehan and family; Robert (Cindy) Lenehan and family, Roger (Edith) Lenehan and family, Ronald (Mark) Lenehan and family; Raeanne (Russ) Obermeier and family and Renee Lenehan and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (June 4, 1994); her granddaughter, Jennifer Schultz; step-grandson, Jeff Obermeier and her brother, Virgil Chihak.

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  1. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  2. Geraldine Lenehan was kind and generous, always cheerful and interested in the world around her, and most comfortable in her own kitchen. It was an honor to love this lovely woman. Patty Connelly

  3. Geraldine, We will miss you so much and looked forward to seeing you each visit to Iowa and sharing a great meal with you. We loved you so very much , we know you are in the loving arms of Jesus and will remain there. Arnie and Bernie Chihak

  4. My sympathy to your family. Rose you were so close to her and I know the void the you and your family will be feeling. God bless

  5. My thoughts and prayers to the Lenehan families. Geraldine was a wonderful person and I was blessed to have known her!! Rest in peace!!

  6. Our sympathy to you on the death of your mother, she was a peach of a person and have many wonderful memories of her !

  7. Out deepest sympathies to the entire Lenehan family! She was a nice lady and a great friend to mom (Gert Freidhof). Rest In Peace! Dave and Cindi

  8. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Our deepest sympathies to the Lenehan families … Geraldine was a wonderful and caring lady. She will be truly missed. Dan & Cathy Shatek

  10. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Geraldine’s family. She was a wonderful lady who always had a wonderful smile and personality. I have lots of great memories of our first cousin. She will be missed. Larry & Colleen (Kreitzer) Thomas

  11. My deepest sympathy to all of Geraldine’s family! I remember her as kind. Rosalee, so sorry for your loss. I will remember her in my prayers! Becky(Nulty) Brandt

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