Geneva Anna Pratt, 102, of Utica, formerly of Cook, died Dec. 20, 2012 at the Utica Com-munity Care Center in Utica. She was born March 2, 1910 in Coleridge, Neb., to Wenzel and Mary Ullsperger.
She grew up in the Dunbar/Syracuse area and graduated from Dunbar High School. After high school, she worked in Nebraska City as a waitress and housekeeper. She attended Peru State College and received her teaching certificate. She taught country school in the Syracuse/St. Mary area for eight years.
On May 25, 1939, she married Elvo Pratt. She and Elvo had their own business, a grocery store, cream station, and feed store for 40 years in Cook. After retiring from the grocery store, she worked at the Dairy Sweet in Syracuse.
She enjoyed working in the grocery store, square dancing, ceramics, textile painting. She especially enjoyed family activities.
Geneva participated for many years in Cook Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Cook Band Mothers and other numerous area activities. She was also a member of St. Paulinus Catholic Church where she was active as much as possible.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Ardith Ann and Don Rut, Utica, and Shirley and Vern Lowery, Denver; grandchildren Rory Rut and wife Jane, Tomball, Texas, Rachelle Huber and husband Ramon, Lincoln, Stacie Murphy and husband Brandon, Denver, and Chris Kirk and wife Rachael, Virginia Beach, Va.; step-grandchildren Lee and Shellina Lowery, Denver, and Michael and Tonia Lowery, Denver; great grandchildren Riley Murphy, Ian Murphy, Sorel Rut, Maeryn Rut, Lara Rut, Lila Kirk, and Charlotte Kirk; step great grandchildren Pamella Lowery, Joshua Neutz, Nevaeh Weddel, Giovanni Lowery, Alyia Martinez, and Noah Falance; brother Harold Ullsperger of Lincoln; sisters-in-law Anna Ullsperger of Cook and Dorothy Ullsperger of Syracuse; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by husband Elvo; great granddaughter Carys Elizabeth Rut; sisters Irene Schumacher and Anne Straub; brothers Albert Ullsperger, Edward Ullsperger, and George Ullsperger; sisters-in-law Gladys Ullsperger and Martha Ullsperger; brothers-in-law Oscar Schumacher and Paul Straub; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse with Father Michael Stec officiating. A rosary service will be held prior to the Mass at 10:30 am. at the church.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home with family greeting friends 4-6 p.m.
Online Condolences can be expressed at www.fusselmanallenharvey.com.
Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements.