OBITUARY

Genevieve Crovo Gelles

November 30, 1931April 30, 2019
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Genevieve Crovo Gelles, 87, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Genevieve, known as Ginny, was born on November 30, 1931 in Winchester, Massachusetts. She grew up in the Horn Pond House overlooking Mount Towanda in Woburn, Mass. She loved the outdoors, reading, singing and acting. At age 16 she sang for Arthur Fiedler. At age 17 she was invited to New York by Dorothy Hammerstein. She went on to perform in 48 musicals and plays. Genevieve became a marquee name in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musicals in the 1940’s and 50’s. She was Laurey in Oklahoma, Magnolia in Showboat and Julie in Carousel.

She left the limelight to marry the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Gelles, a Captain in the Army Signal Corps. Genevieve had told Bob that she wanted seven children. But after they had their first child, Glenda Lynn, they realized she was their seven in one.

Genevieve and Bob threw wonderful parties in the lovely home they built together in Houston. Whether it was their giant New Year’s Day party or a gathering for Sports Car Club, Porsche Club, the Chili Appreciation Society, or a birthday, Ginny was a gracious hostess that helped you feel right at home.

Ginny was a multi-talented creative artist. She was the lead soprano at both Trinity Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Israel in Houston. She volunteered at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Everything she put her hand to, she did magnificently. Her family treasures her drawings, paintings, rugs, poetry, short stories and children’s books.

Ginny and Bob moved to Sun City, Texas in their retirement, to be closer to their precious grandchildren, Christopher and Benjamin. They gave back to their community by volunteering at Georgetown Hospital. Ginny was also an active member of the Georgetown Hookers, a group of women who practiced the ancient colonial art of wool rug hooking. The rugs she made are so beautiful that her daughter describes them as wool paintings.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Gelles, as well as her parents Andrew and Mildred Crovo. She is survived by her daughter Glenda Lynn Sims and son-in-law Scott Alan Sims; her brother Gene Crovo; her two sisters Lorraine David and Brenda Stevens; and two grandsons, Christopher Robert and Benjamin Griffin Sims.

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  • Ginny was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Gelles, as well as her parents Andrew and Mildred Crovo.

    She is survived by her daughter Glenda Lynn Sims and son-in-law Scott Alan Sims; her brother Gene Crovo; her two sisters Lorraine David and Brenda Stevens; and two grandsons, Christopher Robert and Benjamin Griffin Sims.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Sandy Putnam

May 11, 2019

I met Ginny when my mother (Pamela) moved in across the hall from her at the Wesleyan. Mom and Ginny became fast friends, with Ginny always watching over my mother. Ginny was one of the kindest people you would ever meet! I hope that she and mom are having some tea together in Heaven - and enjoying each others company again. I was truly blessed to have Ginny in both my mother's and my lives.

Patty Glynn

May 8, 2019

Ginny loved watching and feeding the birds and we will continue to enjoy them with the bird book she gave us and the colorful hummingbird she planted in our front garden! I cherish my memories of times with her and the Sun City Hookers. May you, too, remember the good times.

Don and Adrienne Padfield

May 6, 2019

We extend our deep sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your wonderful Ginny. She and Bob were our friendly neighbors for many years in Sun City. She and your family seemed like part of our family. Our grandchildren were especially pleased to be with Christopher and Benjamin.
Please let me know of any way I can help you.
Sincerely, Don and Adrienne

Paula Taylor

May 4, 2019

Ginny was beautiful inside as well as outside. Gracious, caring, smiling... at the race track or her home. Enjoyed our visits, seeing her beautiful rugs, and hearing about her life on the stage. Blessed to have known her, happy she’s back with the love of her life, Bob.

Hugs to Glenda & family.

Paula & Chris

William Nehman

May 3, 2019

Genny was always so kind and friendly to Susan and me. We met at the SCCA races and became friends with her and Bob socially. We shared some family occasions when Glenda was quite young. I especially remember playing pool at their house on Brig-o-Doon in Houston. Genny had some great life experiences and truly interesting stories. Now it’s the end of an era. “Howdy ma’am”.

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Gene and Genevieve at their childhood home in Woburn, Mass.

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Genevieve Crovo High School Senior Picture

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Gene and Genevieve at their childhood home in Woburn, Mass.

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Genevieve Crovo High School Senior Picture

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Brenda, Lorraine and Genevieve

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Biography

Genevieve Crovo Gelles, 87, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Genevieve, known as Ginny, was born on November 30, 1931 in Winchester, Massachusetts. She grew up in the Horn Pond House overlooking Mount Towanda in Woburn, Mass. She loved the outdoors, reading, singing and acting. At age 16 she sang for Arthur Fiedler. At age 17 she was invited to New York by Dorothy Hammerstein. She went on to perform in 48 musicals and plays. Genevieve became a marquee name in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musicals in the 1940’s and 50’s. She was Laurey in Oklahoma, Magnolia in Showboat and Julie in Carousel.

She left the limelight to marry the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Gelles, a Captain in the Army Signal Corps. Genevieve had told Bob that she wanted seven children. But after they had their first child, Glenda Lynn, they realized she was their seven in one.

Genevieve and Bob threw wonderful parties in the lovely home they built together in Houston. Whether it was their giant New Year’s Day party or a gathering for Sports Car Club, Porsche Club, the Chili Appreciation Society, or a birthday, Ginny was a gracious hostess that helped you feel right at home.

Ginny was a multi-talented creative artist. She was the lead soprano at both Trinity Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Israel in Houston. She volunteered at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Everything she put her hand to, she did magnificently. Her family treasures her drawings, paintings, rugs, poetry, short stories and children’s books.

Ginny and Bob moved to Sun City, Texas in their retirement, to be closer to their precious grandchildren, Christopher and Benjamin. They gave back to their community by volunteering at Georgetown Hospital. Ginny was also an active member of the Georgetown Hookers, a group of women who practiced the ancient colonial art of wool rug hooking. The rugs she made are so beautiful that her daughter describes them as wool paintings.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Gelles, as well as her parents Andrew and Mildred Crovo. She is survived by her daughter Glenda Lynn Sims and son-in-law Scott Alan Sims; her brother Gene Crovo; her two sisters Lorraine David and Brenda Stevens; and two grandsons, Christopher Robert and Benjamin Griffin Sims.