Evelyn M. Gehrke, Clearwater


Evelyn M. Gehrke, age 84 of Clearwater, died Friday September 26, 2014 at the Hilltop Health Care Center, Watkins.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fair Haven, with Rev. Timothy Nerud officiating.  Burial will follow at the Fair Haven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and at the church one hour prior to services.  There will be a prayer service 7 p.m. Thursday.
Evelyn Marie Gehrke was born January 15, 1930, in Corinna Township, Wright County to Tennes and Elizabeth (Buskey) Lubbers.  She graduated from Annandale High School in 1948 and then from St. Cloud Business College.  She married Alfred H. Gehrke on September 30, 1952 and he preceded her in death on May 11, 2011.  She was a homemaker and along with her husband farmed in Fair Haven Township for 59 years.  She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and enjoyed her family & friends, cooking, baking, and collecting recipes.
She is survived by her 5 children and their spouses, Earl and Gwen of South Haven, Janice and Jack Oien of Ketchikan, AK, Alfred Jr. of South Haven, Leon and Brenda of Paynesville, Byron and Kimberly of Clearwater, 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, granddaughter, Melissa Gehrke, and  great-granddaughter, Cara Lyn Spanier.
The pallbearers will be Aaron, Bradley, Trent and Bryce Gehrke, Jared Oien, Virgil Bragelman, Lance Spanier, and Daniel Northenscold.  The organist will be Lynn Hoff. 
The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.