Geneva Elizabeth Fark, 89, Vandalia, Ohio

FarkGeneva Elizabeth Fark, 89, died Tuesday at Hearth & Home in Vandalia, Ohio. She was born in Huntingburg July 12, 1925, to Oscar and Amelia Feldmeyer. She married Chester Fark in 1946,

Geneva was a 1943 graduate of Hntingburg High School. After attending classes at Lockyear Business College in Evansville, she worked for the U.S. Navy and First National Bank of Huntingburg. She and her husband and children lived in California, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio before moving to Tokyo, Japan, in 1966, when he was promoted to vice president of General Electric Aircon.

During her nearly three years in Japan, Geneva was active with the Tokyo Union Church, volunteering and traveling extensively with its Women’s League. She also studied traditional Japanese arts such as tea ceremony and doll-making, and achieved a master’s certification in Japanese flower arranging at the Ichiyo School of Ikebana under the direct tutelage of co-founder and headmaster Meikof Kasuya.

After returning to the United States in 1969, Geneva spent the rest of her years in Ohio where she won numerous awards for her floral compositions, and was actively involved in several gardening organizations, including the Garden Club of Dayton, which she joined after relocating to Vandalia in 1984. She was a member and a frequent volunteer at the Vandalia United Methodist Church, and helped start and run a family business, “Jan’s Hallmark Shop,” which served the communities of Vandalia and Richmond, Indiana, for more than 25 years. During this time Geneva enjoyed yearly trips to Florida, traveling abroad, and “house boating” with family.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet Cook and husband Michael, and Nancy Millsop and husband Scott, all of Vandalia; one son, Dr. Alan Fark and wife Michele, Miamisburg, Ohio; two brothers, Richard Feldmeyer, Jasper, and Donald Feldmeyer and wife Anna, Huntingburg; brother-in-law Richard Fark and wife Edna, Brownsburg; seven grandchildren, Michelle Cook, Amy Smith and husband Sam, Quinn and Molly Millsop, Kristen Outwater and husband Ben, and Ryan and Karalyn Fark; and nieces and nephews Gae Holtzman and husband Larry, Michael Feldmeyer and wife Lisa,  Beverly Viehe and husband Ron, Brenda Fark, and Richard Fark, Jr., and wife Colleen.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester L. Fark,¬†daughter-in-law Louann Fark, sister-in-law Joanne (Giltner) Feldmeyer, grandnephew Jason Feldmeyer, and Jim Erickson, her close friend and companion following Chester’s death.

Services at 2 p.m. (EDT) Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Rev. Marie Smith will officiate at the service. Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

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