Genevieve “Dolly” Champeau of Scottsdale, Ariz., returned to her heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, after an earthly journey of 93 years.

She was born in Sheboygan on March 14, 1919, to the late Joseph Mizkewiz and Elizabeth Gottsacker. It was of particular joy to her that she shared her birthday with her father. She graduated from Central High School in 1937.

After attending business school in Milwaukee, she worked in various jobs in Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Milwaukee. Her positions included time as a telephone operator and a clerk for the Internal Revenue Service.

On April 10, 1948, she was united in marriage to Alvin Champeau, who preceded her in death July 3, 2000.

Dolly loved her family and most enjoyed those family events where multiple generations filled the room with laughter and joy and stories of family times. When her move to Arizona in 2008 meant she couldn’t be with all of her family, she made every effort to make those around her feel like family. This included spending time helping others enjoy Christmas at the Salvation Army dinner in Phoenix. She happily undertook this labor of love all four years that she lived in Arizona.

Her gift of warmth and unlimited love moved many to consider her their adopted mother or grandmother, a role she proudly and joyfully accepted.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Champeau of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son, Randy (Karen) Champeau of Stevens Point and daughter, Marsha (Mark) Binder of Sheboygan Falls. She also leaves behind five grandchildren: Jeff Coey (Carmen) of Stevens Point, Kasey Boerner (Ryan) of Omro, Josh Binder (Moni) of Winona, Minn., Kellen Binder (special friend, Amanda Pigeon) of Green Bay and Gabriel Champeau of Stevens Point. Additionally, she was blessed with four great-grandchildren: Cassidy Boerner, Mason Boerner, Connor Coey and Claire Coey. Max, her grand-dog, held a special place in her heart.

Many nieces and nephews are also among her survivors.

Besides her husband and parents, Genevieve was preceded in death by her sister Virginia, brothers Jerome and Joseph and their spouses. Infant grandchildren Jordan Binder and Faith Champeau also preceded her to a heavenly home.

Visitation will be held at Ballhorn Funeral Chapels, 1201 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan, on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 2720 S. Henry St., Sheboygan, at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, by the Rev. Daniel J. Lasecki, senior priest. There will be an opportunity for visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service.

A memorial has been established in Genevieve’s name. Donations can be sent to 7628 E. La Junta Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

All arrangements are being coordinated by Ballhorn Funeral Chapels.

The family would like to thank everyone at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Eckstein Center (Hospice of the Valley) and in particular Michael and Carolyn Andrews for the kind and gentle support and love given to her on her journey from this life to the next.

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