Genevieve (Genny) Mary Lhotka, 75, of Hutchinson, MN, was called to her eternal Heavenly paradise Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Surrounded by her loving children in her home, we are certain she joyfully danced into her Savior’s arms after a fiercely valiant five-year battle with colon and liver cancer.
The first of seven children born to Simon and Dolores (Pokornowski) Shimanski, this vibrant ray of sunshine was born Sept. 10, 1946, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson, MN. Genny was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in the Catholic faith. She attended grades first through eighth at St. Adalbert’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1964.
With her tenacious, imaginative, and cheerful spirit, Genny embraced her first-born role, quickly discovering she liked giving orders to younger siblings who affectionately called her Gavy. Her God-given talents were put to use as she was “farmed out” to aunts and uncles to help with chores and raise their expanding families. These assignments clearly were the foundation of her exceptional cooking, baking, entertaining and hosting skills.
As a teenager, Genny enjoyed working a variety of summer jobs picking raspberries and serving as a carhop, waitress, and cook at Silver Hi Café. Her unconditional love of family, music, and dancing developed early on, attending local dances with family and high-school friends at Sherman Station and Blue Note Ballroom. She cherished Sunday family visits where homemade bologna sandwiches and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting were staples.
Genny was united in marriage to Roger Lhotka March 11, 1965, celebrating 56 years together. Their marriage was blessed with six children.
After graduation, she worked in the receiving department at the S&L Store in Hutchinson and later worked at 3M in Hutchinson, making many lifelong friends. She retired from 3M with 35 years of service in 2003.
Genny was actively involved as a volunteer in the Silver Lake community serving as President of the CCW, President of the Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary, and Chief Red Hatter of the Red Hat Society. Post-retirement, Genny continued to share her love of service, bringing her ray of sunshine to the Hutchinson Hospital Auxiliary Gift-Shop and the hospital kitchen and cafeteria.
Genny generously shared her love of baking kolaches with everyone she met, continually supplying her old and new friends with flavors of their choice. She desired and successfully passed on her legacy, teaching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren her masterful techniques. In addition to cooking, baking, hosting, and entertaining, she loved to travel and play cards. Most of all, she cherished her family and friends deeply and unconditionally, giving of herself completely to anyone in need.
Genny is survived by her daughters, Carol (Dean) Schauer, Brenda (Mike) Mickolichek, and Carmen Dimond; sons, Jeff (Kelly) Lhotka and Tony (Martha) Lhotka; grandchildren, Steve and Chrissy Mickolichek, Alyssa Schauer and Josh Randt, Tina and Chris Bengston, Brittany and Joe Clemence, Mitch and Miriam Schauer, Nick Schauer, Alex Schauer, Brianna Dimond and special friend Dalton, Brandon Dimond, Brooke Dimond, Dylan Lhotka, Josie Lhotka, Bella Lhotka and Luna Lhotka; great-grandchildren, Ella, Genna and Ava Mickolichek, Mikey and Jordan Bengston, Grace and Stuart Clemence and Asher Schauer; sisters, brothers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gladys and Mike Carter, Bob and Sue Shimanski, Doris Jerabek, Roni and Mitzi Shimanski, John and Rosie Shimanski, Francis and Pok-Hui Lhotka, Larry and Janice Lhotka, Helen Lhotka, Joyce Lhotka; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. And last but certainly not least, her best four-legged furry friend, Petey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; her infant son, John; parents, Simon and Dolores; sister and brother-in-law, Therese and Frank Hlavka; sister-in-law, Lois Shimanski; brother-in-law, Dale Jerabek; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Mary Lhotka; brothers-in-law, Ray Lhotka, Donnie Lhotka, and George Lhotka; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Eddie and Beatrice Kulinski; and many other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, or memorial masses.
We are so grateful for your outpouring of love and support, heartfelt and thoughtful words, and memorial and monetary gifts given in Mom’s memory. May God Bless you all for your overwhelming care and kindness. Please accept this message as a token of our sincere gratitude as no acknowledgments will be sent. Please wear bright colors in memory of mom.
Visitation was June 28, 2022, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Silver Lake, MN, with the Memorial Mass of Christian Burial taking place Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. also at Holy Family Catholic Church, 720 W. Main St., Silver Lake, MN.