PINCKNEYVILLE - Generose Dunn, 93, passed away at 10:06 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010, in Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
Generose was born Nov. 28, 1916, in Pinckneyville, the second daughter of Thomas and Frances (Bruns) Dunn. After receiving a temporary teaching certificate at 20, Generose began her teaching career at a one room school house in Conant. She walked the railroad tracks to the school from the family farm, sometimes getting a ride from railroad workers.
Generose received a BS degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and later a master's degree from University of Illinois Champaign. She was a teacher for more than 40 tears in public and private schools and at University of Chicago Lab Schools. During her lifetime, Generose was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville, where she volunteered as a lector, eucharistic minister and rosary leader.
Generose is survived by a sister, Adelaide Dunn of Pinckneyville; a brother, Dr. Hubert Dunn of DeKalb; three nephews, Jerry (Nancy) Dunn of O'Fallon, Dr. John (Linda) M. Dunn of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Dan (Keri) Dunn of Georgetown, Texas; four nieces, Frances (Robert) Schmitz of Belleville, Patricia Maveus of DeKalb, Cathy (Al) Johanssen of Batavia, and Barbara (Michael) Holtz of Sycamore; and many great, great-great and great great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Muriel Dunn and Marian (Elmer) Johnson; five brothers, Paul, Frank, Lloyd, Charles, and Monsignor Meinrad; two nephews, David Dunn and James Dunn; and one niece, Mary (Allen) Dunn.
The family is especially grateful to Sue Buschschulte and the many home health care workers who provided for her physically and to Father Brian and St. Bruno Eucharistic ministers who provided for her spiritually.
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Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2010, in St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville, with Father Brian Barker officiating. Interment will be in St. Bruno Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville; and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Bruno Catholic School or St. Bruno Catholic Church.
For more information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.