Genevieve M. "Jen" Umshler, 91, of Chadron, Nebraska

Genevieve M. "Jen" Umshler, 91, of Chadron, Nebraska died on September 16, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Arapahoe, Nebraska with both of her daughters at her side. She was born on November 8, 1921 in Osceola, Nebraska to Floyd Melvin & Eva May (DeLand) Hartson.

Genevieve graduated from the Osceola High School in Osceola, Nebraska in 1938. After high school Jen worked in Osceola, and then went to Olympia, Washington, where she was employed in a clerical position with the Washington State Patrol. On December 24, 1943, Jen married her Warren Hardy Umshler in Santa Ana, California.

After their marriage, Warren was sent overseas with the military. While stationed overseas, Jen moved back to Nebraska. After his discharge from the service, Warren enrolled in the California School of Mortuary Science at Fullerton where the young family lived while Warren completed school. Upon completion of school and obtaining his embalming license in both California and Nebraska, Warren took a position with a funeral home in Walthill, Nebraska. The family would move back "home" to Chadron where Warren had accepted a position with Reed Funeral Home & Hardware Store.

Jen worked for the United States Forest Service in a clerical position and after a few years, accepted a position as the Deputy District Court Clerk of Dawes County. Jen ran for the position of District Court Clerk and was elected and re-elected for 5 additional terms. Jen served Dawes County as the District Court Clerk and in that office for over 20 years. During her tenure as District Court Clerk, Jen held an office with NACO (Nebraska Association of County Officials) for several years and was an active member of the organization. She was a member American Legion Auxiliary (Chadron Department) for over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Hardy Umshler (July 21, 2008); her parents; her sister, Laura Gustafson; brother-in-law, Wallace Gustafson; and infant sister, Barbara Ann Hartson.

She is survived by her son Skip Umshler & wife Bev of Mount Vernon, Missouri, daughters Sherry Cacy & husband Mike of Arapahoe, Nebraska and Cam Stoye & husband Fred of Arapahoe, Nebraska, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska, with Scott Jones, minister, officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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