Landscapes 03

Genevieve Hay

November 3, 1917 ~ September 14, 2023 (age 105) 105 Years Old

Genevieve Hay Obituary

Genevieve (Genny) Hay of Lake in the Hills passed away September 14th at the age of 105 at Journey Care in Barrington. 

She was born in Crystal Lake, on November 3rd, 1917, the daughter of Glen Joseph (Joe) Ober and Vina Gertrude (Sarbacker) Ober.  She had one brother Glen Ober. As growing up she lived in Twin Lakes Wi. with relatives as her mother died at an early age. She also lived in Woodstock and Crystal Lake. She graduated from the class of 1937 Crystal Lake Community High School and attended her 50th class reunion on August 1st, 1987 at the John Evans Inn, in Crystal Lake. She had a blind date with her soon to be husband (Arnie) at the McHenry Roller Rink.  She married her husband Arnold (Arnie) F. Hay Sr. on September 20th 1941 St. Mary's in McHenry.  She lived in Woodstock in a house her husband built for them and raised 4 children, Kathryn (Cross) Cassidy, Marilyn (Johnson) Christie, Barbara Reese and Arnold Hay Jr. She has 5 grandchildren, Steve Cross, Bob Cross, Bill Christie, Justin Green and Ryan Reese, along with 3 great grandchildren, Riley Cross, Laney Cross and Dillan Cross. For the last 6 years she lived with her daughter (Kathy) in Lake in the Hills. 

Genny was a kind, caring, wonderful, thoughtful mother and grandmother and loved her family dearly including her nieces and nephews and was loved in return. She had a sweet tooth and loved her chocolate and hot fudge ice cream sundaes at McDonalds. She enjoyed taking pictures of the family through the years. Enjoyed taking her children to Lake Geneva Wi. swimming over the years. She loved her dog "Bogey" a white Bichon Poodle that would follow her around everywhere. When living with her daughter (Kathy) she had a cute little black and white cat she named "Bootsie" she adored also. She enjoyed playing cards, pinochle and canasta with family and friends. 

Genny once worked as a Veterinary assistant and a medical assistant. After her children grew up, she took a train into Chicago to take classes to be a Nurses Aid. she than became a home care and a Medical Assistant.  She loved the Chicago Cubs baseball team.  On her 100th birthday she received a letter from the Chicago Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts wishing her a Happy Birthday. She and her husband Arnie went out on the town and Swing Danced, they loved dancing. She was an excellent sewer, made many of her clothes of her own and for others. Also enjoyed doing crafts. She enjoyed visiting her children that lived in Florida. Enjoyed going out to eat with friends. She learned to enjoy stock car racing with her husband Arnie as he was a car fan. In his eyes you had to be a fan of Fords only LOL.   

Preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Vina Ober; her husband, Arnold Hay Sr.; her brother, Glen Ober; a niece, Susan Hay; a brother-in-law, John "Jack" Hay; a daughter-in-law, Joann Hay and many other in-laws in the Hay family and in the Ober family.   Survived by her loving children, Kathy Cassidy of Lake in The Hills, Marilyn Christie (Chris) of St. Petersburg Fl., Barbara Reese of Largo, Fl., Arnold Hay Jr. (Joanne) of Grant Valkaria, Fl. Grandchildren, Bob Cross (Erin) of Woodstock, IL. Steve Cross of Mo., Bill Christie of Treasure Island, Fl., Justin Green of Weeki Wachee, Fl. Great grandchildren, Riley, Laney and Dillan Cross of Woodstock IL. And many nieces and nephews of IL and WI that she adored. 

Her dedication to her family and friends will be forever treasured and her memory will live in the hearts of all who knew her. 

Visitation will be Monday September 25th from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service at the Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney Funeral Home 1211 N Seminary Ave. in Woodstock IL. 60098. For information, call 815-338-1710 or visit


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Genevieve Hay, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Genevieve Hay?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Genevieve's memory.


September 25, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney
1211 North Seminary Avenue / P.O. Box 22
Woodstock, IL 60098

Funeral Service
September 25, 2023

11:00 AM
Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney
1211 North Seminary Avenue / P.O. Box 22
Woodstock, IL 60098


© 2024 Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility