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Obituary: Donald J. Genovese

October 01, 1934 – December 03, 2021

information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home

Donald J. Genovese, age 87, of Lansing, Illinois, passed away on Friday, December 3, 2021. Donald is survived by his beloved wife Natalie (nee Wind) Genovese. Loving father of Thomas (Karen Mahn) Genovese and Dale Genovese. Cherished grandfather of Ann Marie (Will) Reyes, Jessica Genovese, and Mary Genovese. Loving brother of Wayne (Chuckie) Genovese and Sarah (late Tom) DeJarlais, and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and friends. Donald was preceded in death by his loving parents Michael and Mary Genovese.

Friends may visit with Donald’s family on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, from 1:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services for Donald will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at the funeral home, beginning with 9:30 AM closing prayers, then preceding to St. Ann Catholic Church, 3010 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, for a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Donald will be laid to rest at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, Indiana.

Donald was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son, and friend. Mr. Genovese owned Lan Oak Lanes Bowling Alley in Lansing, Illinois, for many years. Donald was the Past President of the South Suburban Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), Past President of the Chicagoland BPAA, Past President of the Illinois State BPAA, and former member of the Greater Calumet Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He also was a faithful and loyal member of the Lansing Lions Club for many years, and a lifelong parishioner of St. Ann Catholic Church, Lansing, Illinois.

Every year Donald looked forward to his golf trips with his friends. His two favorite places to golf were Acapulco and Jamaica. Over the years, Donald has given his time and donations to many different charities throughout the Chicagoland area, including Lansing. Lan Oak Lanes has hosted many events over the years and brought many fond memories and lasting friendships to the area. Donald had a smile and a laugh that were contagious. No matter where you were, he always made you feel welcome. He was loved by many, and he will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to a charity of your choice.


Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home
Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home
Family owned and operated since 1941, Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home is conveniently located in downtown Lansing, Illinois, and serves the surrounding communities of Munster, Calumet City, and Lynwood. Traditional facilities offer dignified arrangement options for family privacy and reception.