Genevieve Maxine (Christian, Schmidt) Tebben

Genevieve Maxine (Christian, Schmidt) Tebben, 87, Topeka, passed away May 8th, 2019. She was born December 20th, 1931, in Eskridge, KS, the daughter of Ralph W. Christian and Mima M. Buck Christian.  She lived in Topeka, KS, most of her life, having graduated from Seaman High School in 1949.  She married Delmar J. Schmidt; together they had five children. They later divorced.  Delmar predeceased her.  She married Alfred H. Tebben, Jr., who predeceased her in 2007.  Genevieve worked at Merchants National Bank, Capital City Bank and Highland Park State Bank in customer service; Zercher Photo, imprinting Christmas cards and wedding napkins, and later worked for the Kansas State Senate, retiring in 2007.   

Genevieve was a loving wife, mother and dedicated homemaker, devoting her life to the happiness of her family, being ever-present at her children’s and grandchildren’s sports, dance, and academic activities, creating holiday family celebration meals with her superb baking and cooking talent, flower gardening, sewing, antique restoration, the beauty related to her Irish heritage, KU men’s basketball, and KC Royals baseball.

Genny is survived by two siblings, Eloise Foga, and Wendell Christian, of Topeka; a sister, Dorthy Figgs, predeceased her; four sons, Richard Schmidt of Topeka, Kansas; Stephen Schmidt and wife Zsuzsanna Gyorky of Silver Spring, Maryland; William Schmidt and wife Janet of Overland Park, Kansas; Michael Schmidt and wife Deborah of Overland Park, Kansas; a daughter, Karen Schmidt of Charlottesville, Virginia; five grandchildren, Brian McCollam and wife Karen Leve, Philip Schmidt and wife Christen Whitehouse, Christopher McCollam, Stephanie Schmidt Hein, and Timothy Schmidt; and six great-grandchildren, Jackson Hein, Sadie Hein, and Silas Hein, Delphine Schmidt, Remy Schmidt, and Yann Schmidt; many nieces and nephews, and especially her niece, Nancy Lynne Foga, who cared for Genevieve in the home during the last ten weeks of her life.

Memorial contributions can be made to Boys Town, American Lung Association, and Corita’s Corner sandwich ministry, part of Catholic Charities of Topeka.  A private celebration of her life is being planned.

17 “Genevieve Maxine (Christian, Schmidt) Tebben

  1. Genny and I worked together at the Kansas Senate. She was such a hard worker but also lots of fun. We spent many evenings together while in session in the Senate. Genny was a joy to work with. I was sorry I lost contact with her after she left the Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

  2. Dear Schmidt cousins……our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your mother’s passing!
    Kenny and Norma Schmidt and family

  3. Sorry for you loss 🙁 I have fond memories of Genny, we shared lots of laughs together. When Sr passed we kinda lost touch. My condolences.

    • Hi Keri,
      Thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated. We miss Al, or “Senor” as you used to call him. I hope you and the girls are well.
      Karen Schmidt

  4. “Mrs. Schmidt” was such a huge figure in my adolescence life, me being “best friends” with her only daughter, Karen. I had never before witnessed up-close such ferocious love of a mother for a daughter, and the bond between them was not like any I had ever seen before, or have seen since. Karen was fortunate to be able to return that ferocious, unconditional love back to her mother in the last few years, with so many fun beach trips, holiday visits, etc. I was lucky to hang out with Genny in Toronto at the wedding of Brian McCollam and Karen Leve, and it was such a delight to know her as a fellow adult. Her wit and her cackle had not changed. As her health waned, I watched Karen devote everything she had to taking care of Genny, tracking her medical care, becoming friends even with some of the nurses, and literally turning back onto Genny the unconditional ferocious love I’d witnessed first back in 1973. A mother’s legacy is her children, and what I know for sure is that Genny gifted her daughter Karen with all the fortitude of incredible strength and spirit she had, and she will live on in Karen and her other children. I shared with “Kernana” that I have the happy thought of Genny and my mother in heaven, sitting in their lawn chairs, having a beer and cackling about their daughters. She will be in my prayers.

    • My dearest Julia. Thank you for these kind words. I love the continued image I have of our mothers together in heaven, too, laughing and relaxing and telling funny stories of their funny daughters! I love you.
      Karen

  5. Karen, Chris, and Brian, we are so sorry for you loss. May you find comfort in your memories.

    • Dear Connie, Bob, Jim, and Jeff,
      Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate them. We have many wonderful memories over our lifetimes of our dear Genny. We are embracing them fully, as they are helping to ease the pain of our loss.
      Karen

  6. Condolences to Genny’s family. I worked with her at Highland Park Bank. She was always a joy to visit with. I hope in time your heartache is replaced with precious memories. God bless!

  7. To my “Schmidt” cousins:
    I have such great and funny memories of when the “Figgs” clan came back to Kansas. Your Mom and Dad were so much help getting us settled and we had good times together. I fondly remember sitting around your kitchen laughing at your Mom and Dad’s funny stories and the time we watched the movie at the drive-in from on top of the car. We all had great parents! I’m sorry that Aunt Genny has left us. She will be sorely missed. -Theresa

    • Theresa, Thank you for the kind words and sweet memories of our parents. We had some fun times during the good old days. I think of your parents often, and how hard they worked; mine too, of course, fit in that category. Their generation was so special.
      Karen

  8. Dear Mom-

    Will always cherish the early trips as family when we were very young, & later years when we traveled across the country to pick you up from East coast visits, very fun traveling & laughing & listening to music, our 2015 trip to Branson was so very special. Family meals & Holiday visits were made special by your loving attention & care. Your inspiration to always be a good person & do the right thing is instilled in us all. Miss you & love you.

  9. We would like to express our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. I have many fond memories of her as we used to do alot of car pooling years ago to school. God Blessings to each one of you.
    Jerry & Janet Pfeiffer

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