OBITUARY

Genovaite A. Cizauskas

March 19, 1926August 15, 2014
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Genovaite A. Cizauskas, 88, mother of five, devoted wife, died peacefully in her sleep, August 15, 2014, in assisted living care, near to her home in Falls Church, Virginia. Genovaite, affectionately known as 'Gene,' was born on March 19, 1926 in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, New York. Her parents, Joseph and Amelija Ambraziejus, were immigrants from Lithuania earlier in the 20th century. Joseph was a businessman in the export/import business, but, earlier, while still in Lithuania, he had been active in that nation's independence movement against Czarist Russia. When only three, Genovaite accompanied her parents back to Lithuania, then newly independent between the World Wars. She was given a visit with then President Antanas Smetona, a signature honor that she would never forgot. Genovaite, one of three children —all sisters who pre-deceased her— attended Erasmus Hall, a nationally-regarded high school, famous for many of its graduates (including world chess champion Bobby Fischer and actress Mae West). She matriculated at Brooklyn College, achieving early graduation in three years, with honors in English and Psychology, studying under renowned psychologist, Abraham Maslow. Genovaite met her future husband, Albert C. Cizauskas at a Lithuanian-American literary function in Brooklyn. They were married in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, on September 17, 1949. The couple honeymooned on the island of Bermuda. It was their next adventure, however, that the couple would regard as their true honeymoon: an eight-week freighter voyage to the newly-independent nation of Indonesia, where Albert was to serve as a U.S. Consul with the Foreign Service of the State Department. There, Genovaite and Albert would celebrate the birth of their first child, Albert, Jr. The couple, and their family —which would eventually grow to five children— would also live in Italy and Germany. In addition to English, Genovaite was fluent in Lithuanian, and would become so in Indonesian, Italian, and German. Returning to the United States in the spring of 1966, Genovaite, Albert, and their family would settle in Falls Church, Virginia. In addition to raising their children, Genovaite was active in her church, in various charities —including providing services and transportation for the disadvantaged— and in assisting, in a nonpartisan manner, at the election polls. She and Albert maintained an involvement in Lithuanian-American issues; both were active members of the Knights of Lithuania. To friends and acquaintances, Genovaite was widely regarded as a consummate hostess, known for her dinners and soirées. For her family, even picnics would be special events: “Don't forget the marinated mushrooms!” Survivors include her five children: Albert Cizauskas, Jr., Robert Paul Cizauskas and daughter-in-law Deborah Brunetti-Cizauskas, Carol Cizauskas and son-in-law Donald Prather, Thomas Joseph Cizauskas, and Richard Michael Cizauskas, and many other nieces, nephews, and friends. Mrs. Cizauskas loved the water —seas, lakes, rivers— and loved animals. She would never hesitate to tell friends and strangers about her two dogs, Emma and Ethel. Please make a contribution in her honor to a local animal shelter or rescue association.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Genovaite A. Cizauskas

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Stanley Kasper

August 19, 2014

Dear Gene
We have so enjoyed seeing you throughout your married life.Our visits with you in Brooklyn,Falls Church and even Germany were always marked with great food, wonderful entertainment and family togetherness.We are glad you were able to see Carol happily married and regret not seeing you there.
Cousin Stan and Dorothy

Shelly Braun

August 19, 2014

I loved Gene from the moment I met her. She welcomed me into her home and family with wide smile, open arms, and early morning strong coffee. I am so happy my life path crossed hers. I will hold in my heart having been able to see again last fall at Carol's wedding. Love and condolences to Al, Bob+Debbie, Tom, Rich, and my chosen-sister, Carol.

August 19, 2014

have loved you all thru the years
jannie levines

Tom & Shirley LeVines

August 18, 2014

Jannie just called us about the passing of Gene. We were sorry to hear that , but know she is in a better place. God bless all of the family and may God be with you in your time of sorrow.

In HIs name,
Tom & Shirley LeVines with Jannie LeVines

August 18, 2014

Dennis Myers

August 18, 2014

Genovaite was a wonderful person. When I first met her in person, after talking to her on the phone and sending notes, I called her Genovaite. She told me I could call her Gene, but I preferred her full name. It was such a wonderful name and the family's heritage could be heard in it.

August 18, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Don Prather

August 17, 2014

R.I.P. Gene sorry we didn't get to know each other better but plenty of time for that in the hereafter.

Barbara Kwetz Allan

August 17, 2014

Dear Aunt Gene,

I am saddened by your passing, but I take solace in knowing that you have been warmly welcomed into the Kingdom of God, and are sharing in His glory with you husband Al, your sisters, and your parents. The three Ambraziejus sisters are together once again, and as Maggie remarked, what a reunion!

I have so many special and fond memories of you, my Godmother “extraordinaire”: so loving and caring, a sophisticated world traveler (who made it stateside for my first Communion), a gourmet cook (who kept me and my Mount Holyoke classmates fed during our unpaid DC summer internship), and a super-Mom to all your children and your four-footed companions! You blessed me with all but one of my cousins: Al and Robert, my playmates in the shoreside house in Connecticut; Tom, my 10th birthday present; my only female cousin, Carol, now like a sister to me; and Richard, my “baby” cousin who loves to soar in the wind. I know that they all will miss you and will keep you in their hearts and prayers forever.

Shad joins me in sending you love and blessings.

Carol Cizauskas

August 16, 2014

Dear Mom, I'm so glad you were able to come to Don's and my wedding, the celebration of matrimony of your daughter. You were such a joy to us and everyone last October! And it makes my heart sing that the last two memories I have of you are filled with such sweetness, the wedding and my visit in June to say goodbye to you. I'm happy you left us when you were ready. And how beautiful that your feast day is the same as that of our other mother, Mary. I love you, Mom. I miss you.


I sit here by my mother's bed
While she slowly drifts off,
And quickly drifts off.

The swift sleep comes in this life,
The slow sleep leads her to the next.

Will she dream?
I know not how, or of what.

But I know
Dreams she may have
Will be lifted on angels' wings
To carry her home,
To carry her home.


Love,
your daughter,
Carol