Della Elizabeth Fox Genetti

(Jan. 25, 1913 – May 25, 1976)

Published in the Hazleton Standard Speaker, May 26, 1976.

Mrs. Gus Genetti Sr. dies; Funeral Friday

Mrs. Gus Genetti Sr., Calbeth Place, died at her home yesterday morning, following an illness of several weeks.

The former Della E. Fox, she was born Jan. 25, 1913, the daughter of the late William E. Fox, former burgess of McAdoo, who died 1944, and the late Elizabeth Parry Fox, who died in 1968.

Mrs. Genetti was graduated from McAdoo High School and was a member of Good Shepherd Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of that parish.

Prior to her retirement in 1974, she was closely associated with her husband in the management of the Gus Genetti Motor Lodge for 25 years. Mrs. Genetti gained her experience in the restaurant field as a hostess with the Childs Restaurant chain, starting in Atlantic City, N.J., and later working in Miami, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Fifth Avenue, New York City.

During her first two years with Childs in Atlantic City she also was the star rider in the world famous Steel Pier horse diving act (1933-34).

In the early 1950’s, Mrs. Genetti was active in and president of the Sugarloaf PTA, and was a charter member and past president of the Hazleton Soroptimist Club.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children: William E. Genetti, this city; Marianne, Orlando, Fla., and Gus Genetti Jr., Wilkes-Barre; eight grandchildren and three sisters: Mrs. George Bretsky, Weatherly; Mrs. Hazel Moore, this city, and Mrs. William Carr, Drums.

The funeral will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from the Conahan Funeral Home, with mass of Christian burial at Good Shepherd Church at 9:30, and interment in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Tuberculosis Society.

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