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Geneva I. Lockhart

Geneva I. Lockhart

LOCKHART

Geneva Irene Lockhart, 94, of Sparta, IL; born on December 7, 1928, in Townley, AL the daughter of Theodore and Macie (Burton) Wade; passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Sparta Community Hospital.

Geneva grew up in Birmingham and moved to Sparta with her family at the beginning of her freshman year at Sparta High School. She always loved to sing and dance and later taught her grand, and great-grandchildren songs and dances from her childhood. Her favorite people called her “GG”. Geneva loved cooking for her family, sewing for her daughter and granddaughters, working crossword puzzles, and reading mysteries until she lost most of her vision at the age of 80. She liked audiobooks, treasured visits from her family, and enjoyed long walks with her beloved dog, Jack. In addition to being a homemaker, Geneva was a bookkeeper for Ted’s Magnavox Center for 13 years and was an owner for the latter of those 3 years.

Geneva is survived by three children – Greg (Patricia) Aitken of Sparta, IL, Lynne (Neil) Harris of Sparta, IL, and Lyle (Amy) Aitken of Tuscaloosa, AL; 6 grandchildren – Michelle (Ed) Heinen of Waterloo, IL, Matt Aitken of St. Louis, MO, Wesley (Mary) Harris of O’Fallon, IL, Lindsay (Matt) Espenschied of Waterloo, IL, Neely (Alan) Smith of Tuscaloosa, AL, Ashley (Michael) Martin of Vestavia Hills, AL; 15 great-grandchildren – Remy Heinen, Eddie Heinen, Olivia Aitken, Vivian Aitken, Ellie Harris, Lauren Harris, Wyatt Harris, Calla Espenschied, Macie Espenschied, Dallon Espenschied, Evie Smith, Thomas Smith, Emma Martin, Addison Martin, Ann Martin; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, father of three children – Wendell Aitken; second husband – Gene Lockhart; parents – Theodore Wade and Macie Taylor; two brothers – Ted and Jack Wade; two sisters-in-law – Dera Wade Lacy and Vivian Wade.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparta Lions Club or Randolph County Humane Society.

The Visitation will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monday, July 3, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Memorial Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bonnie Wilkins officiating.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Catherine Pannier says:

    Greg, Lynn and Lyle,

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of your mom from when you lived in Tilden. God Bless.

  2. Brandi says:

    I worked at where Geneva lived, and she became a good friend of mine. I would sit with her, and we would talk about her robotic dog, and what we had done in our past. She would give me some humourous “Man Advice”, and some “Mom Advice”. I send my condolences to the family. God bless.

  3. Laura Smith DeFarkas says:

    Dear Greg, Lynne, Lyle and your families, you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful Mother. I have many fond memories of her from years past.

  4. Ann (Little) Mertz says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so kind when we used to hang out at your house in the summer and go shopping in Sparta on Friday night when we were kids. May you find peace in all your wonderful memories.

  5. Claudia Kerens says:

    Condolences and sympathies upon the loss of your mother. Prayers for you and yours…

  6. Lela Neisler says:

    My sympathy to the family. I’m sure when Wendell met Geneva he said “You had me at ‘I love to cook.”

  7. Ann and Dave Ashlock says:

    Lynn, Dave and I wish you and your family, deepest sympathies and sincere condolences on the passing of your mom, Geneva💜💜💜
    Hoping, the thoughts of past memorable adventures and many happy days, will bring comfort to you in the times ahead💜❤️💜
    RIP Geneva❣️
    You are all in our thoughts and Prayers💜💜💜

  8. Terry & Jena Lambeth says:

    I’m sad to hear of Geneva’s passing. She was a classy, sweet lady! I’m praying the Holy Spirit’s comfort & peace surround you all, & that your memories of times together bring you joy. May you find hope in knowing Jesus.💕

  9. Laurence McGuire says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  10. Linda Boston says:

    To the family of Ms Geneva Lockhart. So sorry of your loved ones passing. She was a loving, kind and caring lady. Sending prayers. God Bless your beautiful mother.
    Sincerely,
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

  11. Connie Cominsky says:

    Warm thoughts of Geneva and her family. One of your memories will be her dancing video. She looked so happy.Peace be with you.

    • Lynne says:

      Thank you. I’m so glad that Addington Place made that video last week! It certainly captured her personality.

  12. Stephen Hodges says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers and good vibes for your family!!🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️

  13. Laurie Rudloff Shain says:

    It is sad that this is now the season of life that we are in…saying goodbye to our older loved ones..I remember your mother being at Teds. She was always kind to me. May good memories be with all of you….

  14. Nick Dolce says:

    Greg & family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother.
    Nick

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  1. Greg & family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother.
    Nick

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    • So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all who loved Geneva.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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      • Thank you, Bette.

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  2. It is sad that this is now the season of life that we are in…saying goodbye to our older loved ones..I remember your mother being at Teds. She was always kind to me. May good memories be with all of you….

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    • Thank You.

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  3. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and good vibes for your family!!🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️

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    • Thank you.

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  4. Warm thoughts of Geneva and her family. One of your memories will be her dancing video. She looked so happy.Peace be with you.

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    • Thank you. I’m so glad that Addington Place made that video last week! It certainly captured her personality.

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  5. To the family of Ms Geneva Lockhart. So sorry of your loved ones passing. She was a loving, kind and caring lady. Sending prayers. God Bless your beautiful mother.
    Sincerely,
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

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  6. Sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  7. I’m sad to hear of Geneva’s passing. She was a classy, sweet lady! I’m praying the Holy Spirit’s comfort & peace surround you all, & that your memories of times together bring you joy. May you find hope in knowing Jesus.💕

    Reply
    • Thank you.

      Reply
  8. Lynn, Dave and I wish you and your family, deepest sympathies and sincere condolences on the passing of your mom, Geneva💜💜💜
    Hoping, the thoughts of past memorable adventures and many happy days, will bring comfort to you in the times ahead💜❤️💜
    RIP Geneva❣️
    You are all in our thoughts and Prayers💜💜💜

    Reply
    • Thank you.

      Reply
  9. My sympathy to the family. I’m sure when Wendell met Geneva he said “You had me at ‘I love to cook.”

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    • Thank you.

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    • That’s humorous.

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  10. Condolences and sympathies upon the loss of your mother. Prayers for you and yours…

    Reply
    • Thank you, Claudia.

      Reply
  11. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so kind when we used to hang out at your house in the summer and go shopping in Sparta on Friday night when we were kids. May you find peace in all your wonderful memories.

    Reply
    • Thank you, Ann. Those are nice memories.

      Reply
  12. Dear Greg, Lynne, Lyle and your families, you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful Mother. I have many fond memories of her from years past.

    Reply
    • Thank you, Laura.

      Reply
  13. I worked at where Geneva lived, and she became a good friend of mine. I would sit with her, and we would talk about her robotic dog, and what we had done in our past. She would give me some humourous “Man Advice”, and some “Mom Advice”. I send my condolences to the family. God bless.

    Reply
    • Thank you, Brandi. I’m happy that you were her friend and talked to her.

      Reply
  14. Greg, Lynn and Lyle,

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of your mom from when you lived in Tilden. God Bless.

    Reply
    • Thank you, Cathy.

      Reply

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