Evelyn M. Erkel

 Evelyn M. Erkel, 83, of Sumner, Iowa, died Wednesday evening, December 26, 2012 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2012 St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Susan Friedrich, Associate of Ministry officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner, Iowa.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday.

A Memorial Fund has been established in her name. 

Evelyn Marie Toenges was born May 26, 1929 at Hawkeye, Iowa, the daughter of William and Hilda (Wendland) Toenges.  She graduated from Hawkeye High School and later received her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University.  On January 2, 1953, she was united in marriage to Alfred Walter “Wally” Erkel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye, Iowa.  Evelyn taught grade school for 2 years in Clermont, Iowa and farmed with her husband northeast of Sumner.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner and WELCA.  Evelyn enjoyed God’s nature, reading, gardening and baking. 

Evleyn is survived by her 2 Children, James (Sherri) Erkel of Central City, Iowa and June Erkel of Waterloo, Iowa; 3 Grandchildren, Dan (Angie) Erkel of Marion, Iowa, Julie (Andrew) Erkel-Hagee of Decatur, Georgia and Matt Erkel of St. Paul, Minnesota; 4 Great Grandchildren, Brennan, Wyatt and Hailey Erkel and Jakob Hagee; Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law, Virginia Toenges of Hawkeye, Iowa, Robert (Jenny) Erkel of Lynnwood, Washington, Harold “Pat” (Joyce) Erkel of Iowa City, Iowa and Gretchen (Guy “Jeep”) Jones of Cambridge, Illinois; and several Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Parents; Husband; and a Brother, Lawrence Toenges. 


Sue (Frisch) Fellenzer on January 15, 2013 at 4:11 AM said:

Dear June: So sorry to see your Mom passed away. I recall her at our 4-H meetings growing up- a very involved, good lady...
Hopefully many happy memories will help you along these sad days. A hug and my best to you-
Sincerely, Sue Fellenzer Bella Vista, AR
Wendi Maifeld on January 8, 2013 at 5:54 AM said:

Evelyn was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I ALWAYS ebjoyed talking to her at church and in the grocery store. I got an envelope in the mail from her not too long ago. My daughters friend had colored her a picture during church and left the picture in the pew. Evelyn thought my daughter should have it so she mailed it to us. I will miss her smiling face.
Patty and Daryl Wenthe on January 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM said:

Hugs to you, June - seems like it wasnt that long ago that we saw you and your Mom down here :(
Diane Meyer Dockendorf on January 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM said:

You have our deepest sympathies. Lossing a parent is one of the toughtest things we have to live through. Hold your memories close, they will help you through this tough time. God Bless!
Dianne Scott Strickler on December 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM said:

I had gotten to renew my acquaintance with your mother while back in Sumner these last few years. Last time I saw her in July at WELCA during the bible study, we were asked about listening to God. Your mother responded that the night before she was as she sat outside in the evening and enjoyed the quiet. She was a wonderful lady and my prayers are with you at this time.
Susie Makinster on December 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM said:

Jim and Sherri,
Sending you our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mother. We know this is a tough time of year to lose your mother. Frank just lost his mom on Monday. I think our mother's have met each other in heaven and are enjoying getting to know each other.

Frank and Susie Makinster
Carol Volker-Mutschler on December 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM said:

You have our deepest sympathy. Evelyn was such a beautiful lady. She will be missed.
Tina Jaramillo on December 28, 2012 at 8:20 AM said:

June you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kris Ruddy on December 28, 2012 at 6:09 AM said:

June, Jim and family,
May you find comfort in knowing your many friends are lifting you and your family up in prayers during this difficult time.
June we love you and our hearts are breaking for you ten fold.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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