"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Genevieve (Bernoski) Bailey (2015)

1925--March 28, 2015

Genevieve (Jenny) Bailey of Yakima, Washington, passed away Saturday evening, March 28, 2015, after a brief illness.  She had just celebrated her 90th birthday.

Genevieve Mary was born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Anton and Antoinette Bernoski, who raised her there, along with 12 brothers and sisters.  Having grown up during the great depression, she told us many times about how they were lucky the neighborhood butcher was nice to them and gave them bones with some meat on them so they could make soup (so you kids better clean your plates!). 

She was stricken with an ear infection when she was 5 years old which spread and caused her to become completely deaf in both ears.  She attended the Iowa State School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs, Iowa, graduating in 1943.  After graduation, she attended a sewing design school in Iowa and became a dressmaker.

She soon followed some of her brothers and sisters to Seattle and opened her own little dress shop there.  She met her future husband, Charles R. Bailey of Yakima, a few years later, who convinced the lovely young Miss Bernoski to marry and move to Yakima with him.  She later worked for The Bank of Yakima, Peoples Bank and US Bank, finally retiring in the early 90’s.

The marriage produced three children, Ronald David, Anton Francis and Ann Elizabeth, plus the couple raised Charles’ son, Michael Ray, from a previous marriage.   She loved to spend time with grandchildren: Emily Ann, William John and Julia Mae.  She also enjoyed a wide circle of friends and activities in the deaf community.

Jenny was preceded in death by both parents, many of her siblings and Charles, who passed away in 2003.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren. 

Graveside inurnment took place Monday, April 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Yakima.

Thanks to Shaw and Sons Funeral Homes, Yakima, WA and Shirley Hampton for the information.