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Genevieve M. Huftel

Genevieve M. Huftel

Genevieve M. Huftel, age 87, of Menomonie passed away on Saturday, April 25th at The Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie.  She was born October 10, 1932 in the Town of Menomonie to Daniel and Mayme (Brehm) Knopps.  She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1951.  Following graduation, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the Registrar and Placement Office for four and a half years, and later took courses at Stout.  Gen married Stanley J. Huftel on August 30, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church officiated by Father Alvin Daul.

Gen was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Parish Council of Catholic Women for which she served as secretary, vice president-elect and president of that organization.  She also served as a group chairperson for several years and as a Eucharistic minister.  Gen chaired several parish events and was honored as Mother of the Year in 1972 at St. Joseph School.  In April of 2010, she was presented with the parish Woman of Light award for her service to the PCCW and for serving as the parish funeral luncheon chairperson for St. Joseph Church for over 25 years.  Gen also cared for altar flowers for several years and enjoyed planting and caring for flowers around the church area.

She was a member of Myrtle Werth Medical Center Auxiliary where she chaired Florence Nightingale Luncheons and served as kitchen chairperson of the Harvest Festival for 15 years.  Gen was also member of the Red Cross for 25 years.  She enjoyed refinishing furniture and was a part-time food demonstrator for over 18 years.

Her precious family was the love of her life.  She had a caring and loving heart.

Gen is survived by her husband Stanley, five children, Michael of Minneapolis, Dr. Mark (Amy) of Wausau, Joseph of Rice Lake, Thomas (Audrey) of Merrill and Monica (Timothy) Huebner of Hortonville; four grandchildren, Isaac and Grace Huftel, and Sarah and Jack Huebner; two sisters, Mary Strehlau and Luella (Eugene) Krumrie; a brother, Ronald (Leone) Knopps. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jerome Knopps; three brothers-in-law, Arnold Strehlau, Harland Huftel, and Virgil Huftel; one nephew, Jeffrey Knopps, and one niece, Nancy Putnam.

The family would like to sincerely express their thanks and gratitude to the entire staff of The Neighbors of Dunn County and the St. Croix Hospice for the great care they gave Genny.

A private burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Menomonie.  A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie at a later date.

Memorials in Gen’s name may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Shirley Doane Senior Center in Menomonie.


Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.


  1. Fran Thomas

    Dear Stan and family,
    So sorry to hear of Gen's passing. Gen was a special lady. She had a wonderful smile and was so kind.
    May the Lord be with you all, and grant you His peace.

  2. Gladys Waller

    Stan, My condolences to you and family in the death of Ginny. Peace of the Lord be with you.

  3. Connie Olson

    Stan and Monica,
    We've been thinking about you and send you our sympathy.
    Connie and Dennis Olson

  4. Jill Huftel

    Our sympathy to all of you. We have memories of Genny preparing a meal for the Huftel clan after the fishing contest! She made everyone feel welcome and you knew she loved doing it. We are sorry this happened during this time. We would love to visit with you all. Genny loved her family dearly!

    With love and prayers, Terry & Jill

  5. Debbie raumakits

    Mark, Sorry for the loss of your mom
    Debbie raumakita

  6. Carla And Joe Sumner

    Stan and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Aunt Ginny was a special person in so many lives.

  7. Jim and Joyce Solie

    To Stan and his Family.
    Our thoughts are with you at the loss of Gen but you have so many happy memories about good times. I remember the story about her Halloween parade dressed as a deer hunter and dragging Stan's prize antlers behind her on the rough sidewalk. Everyone thought it hilarious except Stan.

  8. Connie Mittermaier

    Stan, Monica, and family,
    Please accept my sympathy on Gen's passing. She was so sweet and friendly to us when we lived in Menomonie. May God continue to give us assurance of eternal life with Him.

  9. Cindy Miller

    Sending prayers your way during this difficult time. I remember when me and mom would come to visit at the house, Aunt Ginny also made us lunch no matter what time of day it was. She always made sure we left with a full tummy! Aunt Ginny will be dearly missed by all.

  10. Dan Seichter

    Dear Stan, Mike, Mark, Joe, Tom, and Monica,
    My deepest sympathies to you all at this difficult time. She is now with our Lord and Savior who ALWAYS keeps his promises. That is a much better place that we have it here on earth! Gen always made me feel like one of the family when I was over at your house. She was a special lady who will not be forgotten. I will cherish the visit she and I had at the Neighbors when I was visiting my mother in-law there a few years back. When I walked-into her room that Sunday afternoon, I had to introduce myself, but after that it was just like old times.
    May the fond memories of the good times you shared with your wife/mom help sustain you in the future.
    Dan Seichter

  11. Jenny (Helixon) Gilbertson

    Monica and family,
    Know that your your mom is remembered with fondest memories. Hugs and prayers to you! Jenny

  12. Rick Kostuch Family

    Stan & Family,
    Sending prayers for the loss of Gen. She was Stella's extra Grandma and birthday buddy 10/10. Keeping you in our thoughts at this difficult time.

  13. Tim Lutz

    Genevieve was a wonderful, gentle lady. Our family are thinking of you. Stanley, our sympathy. Tim and David.

  14. Lynn Dickmann

    To the Huftel family,
    So sorry to hear about Ginny’s passing.
    Just found out about it last night from Dona S.
    Another neighbor from my childhood is gone.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Bill and Jean Schmitzer

    Dear Huftel family,
    We are thinking of you in this difficult time and hope your memories of Gen bring you peace and comfort. May her love for each of you bring strength and keep your family close.

  16. Tom and Deb Sinz

    So sorry to hear of Gen's passing. She was a gift to the St. Joseph Parish Family for her dedication to the Church. Stan and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers..

  17. Sally Thompson

    Uncle Stan & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time♥️

    Sally & John Thompson

  18. Bill and Viki Searle

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to the family. Thinking of you Joe..sending love and prayers! ????????????????

  19. Lila Lee Wold

    Our Condolences to you Stan and family we are thinking of you.

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