Atkinson — Evelyn Mamie Schrunk, 94, of Atkinson, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 surrounded by family at her son's home in Atkinson.
Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a prayer service.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at the funeral home in Atkinson. Elder Tim Schrunk and Pastor Joel Wentworth officiated. Music was provided by organist Deb Kaup and soloist Bonnie Krysl.
Pallbearers were Evelyn's grandsons Ryan Schrunk, Rex Schrunk, Wayne Prussa, Rodney Stevens, Richard Schrunk Jr., Dustin Schrunk, Nicholas Schrunk and Clayton Kaup.
Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters Ashley Hoffman, Jessica Thomassen, Abbey Painter, Amanda Welke, Malissa Paus, Tonya Newell, Trudy Coleman and Angie Pollard.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Evelyn was born on Feb. 12, 1926 to George Levi and Agnes Inez (Tangard) Rice at Scottsbluff. Evelyn’s family lived on her grandfather’s homestead at Hat Creek, WY, and it was at Hat Creek where she started school and told of going to school in a horse drawn carriage. At the age of seven she moved with her family to Scottsbluff where she continued her education.
She married Ralph Richard Schrunk on Jan. 15, 1941 at Ainsworth. Six children were born to this union Regina Evelyn, Larry Dean, Connie Jean, Richard Ralph, Diane Lynn and Harlan Mark.
Evelyn and Ralph lived in the western Nebraska area until 1951 when her and Ralph moved to the farm northeast of Atkinson where Evelyn was still residing at the time of her passing.
She never held a job outside the home, she was a farm wife her whole life and she was proud of the farm she and Ralph built over the years. She helped out whenever and wherever it was needed. She helped to milk cows, raised chickens and always grew a large garden.
Evelyn taught Sunday school for many years and was also an active 4-H leader, teaching sewing and cooking and encouraged all of her children to participate in 4-H. She taught both her daughters how to sew, bake and cook along with many neighborhood girls and boys.
She was a wonderful self-taught seamstress. There wasn’t much in the sewing world she couldn’t do or figure out how to do. She altered many wedding, bridesmaid and prom dresses, and hemmed many garments over the years. Evelyn made both of her daughter’s wedding dresses as well as all the dresses for their bridesmaids and flower girls.
Besides sewing, Evelyn also enjoyed crocheting, embroidery work, quilting and china painting. There really wasn’t much she couldn’t accomplish once she set her mind to it.
Family time and traditions were very important to Evelyn. She was always willing to babysit for her family and truly enjoyed spending time with them. She had 19 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, all of which she adored.
Evelyn is survived by her five children Larry (Cecelia) Schrunk and Connie Schaaf, all of Atkinson, Richard (Suzanne) Schrunk of Emmet, Diane (Kenny) Kaup of Stuart and Harlan (Sandy) Schrunk of Atkinson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, an infant daughter Regina Evelyn, one son-in-law Leon Schaaf, two granddaughters Jennifer Beck and Janessa Schaaf, one grandson Mark Schrunk; four siblings Cynthia Rash, Mildred (Everett "Curly") Conley, Earnestine Rice and Richard (Lela) Rice; eight sisters-in-law and their spouses; and three brothers-in-law and their spouses.