Genevieve Ramsey Koschak

April 1, 1922December 23, 2013
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Genevieve Ramsey Koschak, 91, went peacefully to be with her Lord on December 23, 2013. Born April 1, 1922 in Eldorado, Texas to Seth and Beatrice Ramsey, Genevieve graduated from Eldorado High School as valedictorian of her class and from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in speech and education. She earned a master’s degree from Hardin Simmons University. Genevieve married the love of her life, Johnny Koschak, on September 25, 1943. After WWII, and moving to Austin, they moved to San Angelo in 1947, where she and Johnny opened a laundry business and quickly became involved in the community. She served as the first president of the newly established Junior League of San Angelo in 1957 and was involved with the creation of the handicapped children’s treatment center which later evolved into the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. In 1958, she began a rewarding teaching career at Crockett Elementary School, teaching sixth grade. She later accepted an administrative position with the San Angelo Independent School District, testing children with learning difficulties. In 1980, Genevieve was named as administrator for a new program, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), one of the most gratifying endeavors of her life. The program touched the lives of thousands of children and received national recognition. In 1985 the school system established an annual award in her name to those performing outstanding service to the VIPS program. Genevieve retired as an educator in 1987. Shortly after retiring, she began volunteering with the Shannon auxiliary, where she served as president and earned her 11,500 hour pin. She also volunteered with other organizations such as Meals for the Elderly. In 1995, the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) named Genevieve as one of 100 “Volunteers of Distinction” from a membership of more than 200,000. The honor marked the centennial anniversary of the AJLI. Genevieve was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. The spirit of her life was love of her family, gracious and compassionate giving to others, and volunteering to make life better in her community. She loved to dance, travel and spend time with friends and family. Her passion for dancing led her to help establish the Junior Cotillion Dance Club in San Angelo. She enjoyed taking her family on trips, providing a legacy of lasting memories for all. She and Johnny were blessed with years of fun and happiness with many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John Karl Koschak, Jr. She is survived by her three children Karl and his wife, Carol; Ramsey; and Sheryl and her husband Walter Pfluger. Also her grandchildren: Courtney and Shane Johnson, Ramsey and Shanan Koschak; Jordan and Brody Maedgen, and Seth Koschak; August and Camille Pfluger, Genevieve and Bryan Mejia, and Karl and Cecilie Pfluger; and 10 great grandchildren. Pallbearers are Dr. Hunt Batjer, Dr. Steve Boster, Dr. Gus Eckhardt, Bill Graves, Ernie Mayer and Frank Pool. Honorary pallbearers are Phil George and Carl Rohlfs. The family would like to express our deep gratitude for the dedicated, loving and compassionate care of Lori Geary, Elma Garcia and the loyal, caring staff at the Allison House at Sagecrest. Memorials may be made to Meals for the Elderly, the First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice. Family and friends may sign the online register book at Visitation is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., December 26, 2013, at Johnson's Funeral Home. A memorial service celebrating Genevieve’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on December 27, 2013. A private graveside burial will be held preceding the service.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 27, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Beth Prather

January 19, 2015

She was a role model for those of us in education during her years at SAISD.

Carolyn Brown Winston

February 26, 2014

Dear Koschak family,
You have been in my thoughts and prayers. So many wonderful memories of growing up in your home with your mom! She was such a big part of my youth.

Roger and Lois A. Sankey/Draper

December 31, 2013

Genevieve was our 6th grade teacher at Crockett Elementary School, and Roger helped her some with her plumbling Problems in her home. Many thoughts and prayers go to all of you in your sorrow. Hope you may find comfort in your memories and the companionship of those who share your loss.

December 31, 2013

Genevieve was my idea of an ideal administrator, especially during the VIPS program with SAISD. She was a truly intelligent pro.
Beth Prather

Marsha LeGrand

December 30, 2013

You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Gigi's life well lived. Surely her sterling attributes will live on through all of you!! With love,

Juanita Puckitt Baker

December 29, 2013

Mrs. Koschak was my 6th grade teacher @ Crockett Elementary. I loved her. She was also a good friend of my mother's. I send my love & sympathies to her friends & family. What a fine lady!

Beth & Steve Gotwalt

December 28, 2013

Karl & family.....we are so sorry for your loss. I know she was a great lady because she raised a wonderful son! Our prayers are with you all!

Laura Lehmberg

December 28, 2013

I send sympathy to your family on the loss of your mother. Her legacy lives on in each of you.
Laura Lee Lehmberg

Mary Kennemer

December 27, 2013

She inspired so many and I loved her dearly.

December 27, 2013

Karl and Carol -A time of sadness yet rejoicing. Wish we were there with all your family today--our love and contined prayers for all Johnny and Nancy Johnson