Genevieve Clara Altenhofen
August 5, 1916 - April 24, 2018

Genevieve Clara Altenhofen

Genevieve Clara Altenhofen
Aug 5, 1916 - Apr 24, 2018

Genevieve Clara Altenhofen
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Sigourney- Genevieve Clara (Berg) Altenhofen was born August 5, 1916 near Harper, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas & Magdalena (Adam) Berg. She attended Clear Creek school through 8th grade. On May 10, 1938, Genevieve was united in marriage to Donavon H. Altenhofen at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Harper. She lived her whole life in Keokuk County. Genevieve was a member of Holy Trinity Parish- St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Harper and the Altar & Rosary Society and many card clubs. She enjoyed baking, cooking, canning, gardening, making jean comforters and always making sure everyone was fed. Genevieve died on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Sigourney Health Care Center at the age of 101 years.

Genevieve is survived by her eight children Carole (Paul) Linnenkamp of Perry, Bonnie (Dan) Feigt of Montrose, CO, Donnie (Lorene) Altenhofen of Eldridge, Johnnie Altenhofen of Cedar Rapids, Debbie (Bob) Lyle of Van Horne, Bob (Cheri) Altenhofen of Keota, Terry (Melanie) Altenhofen of Brighton, CO and Randy (Laurie) Altenhofen of Harper; 29 grandchildren; 69 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; and two brothers Bernard (Cleo) Berg of Wellman and Jerome Berg formerly of Sigourney. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donavon in 1957; an infant son Larry Altenhofen; daughter-in-law Jeannie Altenhofen; a grandson Thomas Altenhofen; a great grandson A.J. Linnenkamp; a sister Marie Merz; and five brothers Leander, Ivo, Urban, Cletus and an infant Lavernon Berg.

Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Holy Trinity Parish - St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota. Fr. Charles Fladung will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemeteries - St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery in Harper. Visitation will be from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at Holy Trinity Parish - St. Mary Catholic Church. A vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Memorials may be given to Keokuk County Hospice or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Clint P. Van Zee on May 3, 2018

My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of your loss. 101. May the Lord give you Peace! 🌈💞🌈

Carol Jacobs on Apr 27, 2018

My sympathy to the Altenhofen family in the loss of their mother.She was a very sweet lady and will be missed very much.

Barb Sondag Davisson on Apr 27, 2018

My heart hurts for all of Jenny’s family. She raised a beautiful family for most of her life by herself. She had so much to be proud of. She was always such a dear friend to my mother, Marjorie Sondag, who loved her dearly. She lived her “best life”. I pray your grief will be eased by knowing she is in a good place. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and to those that were lucky enough to know and love her.

Mike Strohman on Apr 26, 2018

Mike Strohman
Your Mother was a great person and raised a great Family. I remember the last time I seen her was at the $ Store in Sigourney. I heard her laugh in the next isle and said that sounds like Ginny Altenhofens laugh and it sure was. You all have our Sympathy.

Randy stallman on Apr 25, 2018

She was on of the greatest grandmother's we could ever have. I will miss her.
Randy Stallman

Bonnie Warren on Apr 25, 2018

Your mother was a super woman! AND I know your will agree. When you saw her was always wearing a smile. She, Geneva Besser and my folks were on their way somewhere and stayed over night at our house in Paris, MO. In 1976. Bill and I were rolling from laughter watching Dad trying to load the truck of the car under the'scrutiny ' of your mother and Geneva-all of them laughing, especially my dad. How he loved to tease your mom!
God give rest to her soul and peace to all of you and your families.
Bill and Bonnie (Gent) Warren

Debra Powell on Apr 25, 2018

My deepest sympathy to her family. What a beautiful long life the Lord granted her. May she Rest In Peace. Debra Laux Powell

Anna Mae (Striegel) Peiffer on Apr 25, 2018

So sorry to hear of Genny's passing. I always remember her in years past with a ready smile and as an very loving mom. My deepest sympathy.



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