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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Eugenie "Genie" Lynn Fuhrman

June 17, 1954March 13, 2020
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Eugenie “Genie” Lynn Schmidt Fuhrman was born on June 17, 1954, in Bellville, Texas, to Gladys Mae Rodiek Schmidt and the late Eugene Fritz Schmidt. She passed away peacefully at home with family on March 13, 2020, after courageously dealing with ovarian cancer. She attended school in Calhoun County, graduating from Calhoun High School in 1972. Genie was a 1974 graduate of the Victoria College, a 1976 graduate of East Texas State University in Commerce (now Texas A&M-Commerce) with a Bachelor’s of Music Education, and a 1986 graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), receiving a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance. Music was her lifelong passion. Her beautiful singing voice and musical talents will be dearly missed by all of us. She taught choral music at Bay City High School from 1976-1981 and at Victoria High School from 1981-1985 and 1989-1991. After leaving the teaching profession, she continued to serve as a judge and piano accompanist for local band and choir students during TMEA and UIL events. She also served as an adjunct at Victoria College. Genie was a private voice teacher from 1985-2019. She was the office manager of Rosewood Funeral Chapels from 1995-2020. Genie was active in church music all her life. She served as organist for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Point Comfort, Texas (1970-1974), First Presbyterian Church in Port Lavaca, Texas (1972-1974), St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bay City, Texas (1976-1981), Temple B’nai Israel in Victoria, Texas , and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria, Texas (1981-2020). She served as Choir Director of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church from 1985-2020. She also ministered as part of the Christian trio Messenger, along with Glenn Christian and Mike Rippamonti. She was a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association. She participated in various community activities including the Victoria Civic Chorus and Victoria Community Theatre. Genie was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Schmidt. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Fuhrman, of Victoria; son, Andrew Fuhrman (Christine) of Austin and grandson Thomas Robert Fuhrman; daughter, Dr. Alicia Fuhrman Rediske (Dan) of Spokane, Washington; mother, Gladys Mae Rodiek Schmidt of Port Lavaca; brother, Gerald B. Schmidt of Fayetteville; sister, Susan Schmidt Welch (Phillip) of Pasadena, Texas; brother, Stephan P. Schmidt (Barbara) of Port Lavaca; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family. In lieu of flowers, Genie’s preference was that memorials be made to organizations dear to her heart, including the Building Fund at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (4102 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria) and Hospice of South Texas (605 Locust Avenue, Victoria). Visitation will be Sunday, March 15, from 5-7PM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria. Funeral service will be 10AM Monday, March 16, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Victoria. Pallbearers are Stephan Schmidt, Gerald Schmidt, Andrew Fuhrman, Leslie Don Fuhrman, Dr. Gary Mueller, and Glenn Christian. Honorary pallbearers are Nancy Witte, Robert Hairell, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church choir members, and the staff at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Stephen A. Fuhrman, Husband
  • Andrew Fuhrman and wife Christine, Son
  • Thomas Robert Fuhrman, Grandson
  • Dr. Alicia Fuhrman Rediske and husband Dan, Daughter
  • Gladys Mae Rodiek Schmidt, Mother
  • Eugene Schmidt, Father (deceased)
  • Gerald B. Schmidt, Brother
  • Susan Schmidt Welch and husband Phillip, Sister
  • Stephan P. Schmidt and wife Barbara, Brother
  • Genie also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Stephan Schmidt
  • Gerald Schmidt
  • Andrew Fuhrman
  • Leslie Don Fuhrman
  • Dr. Gary Mueller
  • Glenn Christian
  • Nancy Witte, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Robert Hairell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Our Saviour's Lutheran Church choir members, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Staff of Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Building Fund at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
  • Hospice of South Texas

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Burial Monday, March 16, 2020

Memories

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Leah Matocha

March 18, 2020


Stephen, Andrew, Alicia, and extended family,

I am sending my love to all of you as I remember the many memories Genie and I had sharing our love of music. We had the chance to share a lot of conversation at the Baylor Alleluia Conferences we attended. I began to really respect Genie's view of worship. Her heart was in the right place. Her faith ran deep and it was portrayed through her music. It is truly Victoria's loss to lose such a fine musician.

She was so proud of you Andrew with your studies in music and Alicia with your doctor degree. She spoke many times of your endeavors.

She and I were planning your wedding Alicia and my daughter's wedding this past July at the same time. We had so much fun comparing wedding ideas many times. I am in awe of how she pursued all the planning midst her cancer treatments. And she played for our daughter's wedding!

Genie had her own unique song that she played through her many endeavors. She shared her talents bountifully. You can carry her song in your hearts forever!

Sending my love and continued prayers.

Leah Matocha
(former Music Director at Trinity Lutheran)


John Michael Urbano

March 16, 2020

I met Mrs. Fuhrman by accident at Victoria high. When a friend asked me to meet her at her choir class and we hung out a bit. After doing so Mrs. Fuhrman asked me to sing the scales for her. It was because of her that I found out I could sing and had a real talent for it. It changed my life forever, I’ll never forget Genie Fuhrman, her great, warming smile, Her kind and understanding nature, and her love of music that inspired me to become a singer and performer. Thank you Mrs. Fuhrman. You will be missed and I will always speak fondly of the wonderful lady who gave me music. God bless you.
John Michael Urbano

Barney Matocha

March 16, 2020

Met Genie at VBS in Point Comfort when we were kids and then again 25 years later in Victoria. Shared in many services of Worship and music events. Blessings to your family. May the Joy of your shared life and love remain in your hearts!
Peace
Pastor Barney

Nancy Watts

March 16, 2020

In all respects, Genie Fuhrman was Proverbs 31 Woman. I had the privilege and pleasure to work alongside this incredibly brilliant and talented soul at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Genie WAS music!! And music was her life gift to us, to her church and to the world of her community. When in the midst of her most busiest moments and time pressed deadlines at Rosewood, Genie would quietly whistle as she tirelessly worked. She probably would have love to have broken out in a song in the office, but opted instead to whistle a perfect toned and melodious familiar, hymn or a newer and popular modern praise chorus. Genie had an infectious smile, an amazing God given voice but her frequent whistling as she worked will always be one of my most sweetest memories of her. In "our business" Genie spoke Life to others when there was a death. I know, that I know that she leaped into the arms of her Saviour with He reached out and took her hand as Angels brought her home. This world was not her home, Genie knew that, she lived it and she understood -- that as a daughter of the King, she was just passing through. Though there will always be a physical vacancy of her earthly presence, Genie has left us; her unwavering testimony of grace under trials with her steady walk of faith thru the fire; Genie's Christian testimony in life and the so many, many precious memories of her will never be forgotten. What a bold legacy she has left for her loved ones, her church family and her many heartbroken friends. I believe that Genie would want us to remember and be comforted by this, "The Lord WAS her strength and her song; and on March 13, 2020 He graciously gave her the victory as she stepped across the veil" Exodus 15:2

Dean Meade

March 14, 2020

Such a great lady! Spent a lot of time shaping and molding me musically in the 80's at VHS...especially when it came to teaching me how to transpose music. You will be missed.

Holly Patterson

March 14, 2020

Genie will be so missed and is loved by all. I am so blessed that I got to work with this amazing woman. I love you very much Genie Beanie!

Theresa Spong

March 14, 2020

OUR hearts are saddened at her passing. She has been a constant in the life of OUR Saviors Lutheran church since Gordon was the pastor there. Genie played and sang at our wedding in 1985 and most recently played and sang with my children at my fathers funeral last year. I had the pleasure of growing up with her family as our two families played dominoes and were friends in Port Lavaca. She has always been an inspiration for musicians in the area and encouraging the talents of many. Her kindness and patience and Love shown out of her like a beacon. God truly blessed us with an amazing angel on this earth and now has called her home to be at Peace with him. I'm quite sure she will be leading the choir in no time. Peace and love to her husband and children and grandchildren as I know you miss her dearly. You were blessed to be with her in her life Journey. Much love to you all Theresa ( Schoener)Spong and Tim Spong

Donna Lesak Bures

March 14, 2020

I was so blessed to be at VHS when she taught choir. She was then and is still now one of the only teachers throughout my life I remember and think of often because of the inspiration she instilled in me. I have been out of school a very long time (VHS grad 1988) but to this day still sing Go Ye Now in Peace regularly as I am driving or find myself humming it at work. She was the most kind and beautiful woman who’s love of music and teaching of it touched so many lives. Her passion lit a flame in my heart and it carried on in my children. At 24 and 18, music is a large bond between my sons and me. And like her, I thought them the appreciation of all music. Haven has gotten their Angel of Music back and this world and my life have profited from the short time we had with her. She has always and will always carry on in my heart as well as my sons!

Victoria (Vickie) Schultz

March 14, 2020

I grew up on the same street as Genie and her family in Point Comfort. She had a beautiful voice and played the organ in church so very well. I have many memories of our childhoods and was fortunate to reconnect with her while we both taught as Adjunct Faculty for Victoria College. I’m certain she will be assisting with directing the Choir of Angels now and her beautiful voice will continue to flourish. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

Jamie Kinsfather

March 13, 2020

I have learned so much from this wonderful woman that I can’t even begin to name them all. She was our “go to” for any question we had at work and if she didn’t know the answer, she would find it!!! She would drive us nuts with hiding things she didn’t want anyone to find but her, question every expense we had, and heaven forbid we make a mistake and had to throw something away (that’s when we would hide it from her 😂😂), but everyone of those things is what made us love her. She was an amazing Christian and prayed many times with me and helped me through so many personal situations. This summer when Hunter passed, she walked in the kitchen at rosewood and came up to me and took what I was working on out of my hands and made me stop what I was doing and just gave me a hug and let me break down in her arms. She never had to say a word, that gesture was all I needed. She had the voice of an angel and I can only imagine what heaven sounds like now with her singing there. I can’t imagine life at work without her but I know we will be coming across many things of hers (especially the hidden stuff) for a long time and it gives me comfort knowing that part of her will still be there with all of us. Rest In Peace Our sweet Genie and thank you for being a beautiful light in my life. I love you

2 Timothy 4:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

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Biography

Eugenie “Genie” Lynn Schmidt Fuhrman was born on June 17, 1954, in Bellville, Texas, to Gladys Mae Rodiek Schmidt and the late Eugene Fritz Schmidt. She passed away peacefully at home with family on March 13, 2020, after courageously dealing with ovarian cancer. She attended school in Calhoun County, graduating from Calhoun High School in 1972. Genie was a 1974 graduate of the Victoria College, a 1976 graduate of East Texas State University in Commerce (now Texas A&M-Commerce) with a Bachelor’s of Music Education, and a 1986 graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), receiving a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance. Music was her lifelong passion. Her beautiful singing voice and musical talents will be dearly missed by all of us.
She taught choral music at Bay City High School from 1976-1981 and at Victoria High School from 1981-1985 and 1989-1991. After leaving the teaching profession, she continued to serve as a judge and piano accompanist for local band and choir students during TMEA and UIL events. She also served as an adjunct at Victoria College. Genie was a private voice teacher from 1985-2019. She was the office manager of Rosewood Funeral Chapels from 1995-2020.
Genie was active in church music all her life. She served as organist for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Point Comfort, Texas (1970-1974), First Presbyterian Church in Port Lavaca, Texas (1972-1974), St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bay City, Texas (1976-1981), Temple B’nai Israel in Victoria, Texas , and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria, Texas (1981-2020). She served as Choir Director of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church from 1985-2020. She also ministered as part of the Christian trio Messenger, along with Glenn Christian and Mike Rippamonti.
She was a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association. She participated in various community activities including the Victoria Civic Chorus and Victoria Community Theatre.
Genie was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Schmidt. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Fuhrman, of Victoria; son, Andrew Fuhrman (Christine) of Austin and grandson Thomas Robert Fuhrman; daughter, Dr. Alicia Fuhrman Rediske (Dan) of Spokane, Washington; mother, Gladys Mae Rodiek Schmidt of Port Lavaca; brother, Gerald B. Schmidt of Fayetteville; sister, Susan Schmidt Welch (Phillip) of Pasadena, Texas; brother, Stephan P. Schmidt (Barbara) of Port Lavaca; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, Genie’s preference was that memorials be made to organizations dear to her heart, including the Building Fund at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (4102 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria) and Hospice of South Texas (605 Locust Avenue, Victoria).
Visitation will be Sunday, March 15, from 5-7PM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria. Funeral service will be 10AM Monday, March 16, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Victoria. Pallbearers are Stephan Schmidt, Gerald Schmidt, Andrew Fuhrman, Leslie Don Fuhrman, Dr. Gary Mueller, and Glenn Christian. Honorary pallbearers are Nancy Witte, Robert Hairell, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church choir members, and the staff at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.