Genevieve L. Halko

October 17, 2012  

CARTHAGE, N.Y.  —  Genevieve Lucinda “Jenny Lou” Halko, 52, of Old State Road, passed away on Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, surrounded by her family at Lewis County General Hospital, after a two and a half year battle with breast cancer.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. 5702 Waters Road, Lowville. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. A gathering will immediately follow the funeral service at the Carthage Elks Lodge.

Born April 5, 1960, in Lowville, a daughter of John and Agnes Gaffney Teal, she graduated in 1978 from South Lewis Central School, and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. 

Jenny worked at AMF in Lowville. 

She married David J. Halko on Oct. 11, 1991, at their home. Jenny ran Mama Bear’s Day Care in her home for many years, before going to work for Carthage Central School District as a teacher’s assistant. Together with her husband, the couple were foster parents for several children.

Mrs. Halko was a member of B.P.O.E. #1762, Carthage Elks Lodge, where she was active in fundraising for benefits. 

She was secretary for Sunnyside Cemetery, Jackson Lane, Naumburg.

She enjoyed her pugs, camping, boating, fishing, gardening and NASCAR. 

Jenny enjoyed organizing family get-togethers, and enjoyed the company of good friends.

Jenny’s family would like to thank Dr. Vora and the staff of East Wing at Lewis County General Hospital for their compassionate care.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, David; a stepson, Joshua Halko and Justin of Beaver Falls; a stepdaughter and her fiancé, Janelle Halko and Chris of Battle Creek, MI; her parents, John and Agnes Teal of Brantingham; her siblings, twin sisters, Mary and Wayne Ernst; and Jackie and Bob Aden, all of Lyons Falls; Margaret “Podgie” Gorczyca of Lyons Falls; Nancy and Keith Mooney of Port Leyden; Michael and Kim Teal of Brantingham; Terry and Bill Kohl of Port Leyden; Joseph and Robin Teal of Glenfield; her father-in-law, Donald Halko of Carthage; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daryl and Penny Halko; Dennis and Ginger Halko; Darren and Jen Halko; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carrie and Stanley Zehr; special foster children, Justin, Jeffrey, and Jeremy; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A brother, John William Teal, who died in infancy, and a brother-in-law, Rodney Gorczyca, died before her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, for the creation of a Palliative Care Room, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

Condolences may be made online at

Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.