Evelyn J. Reeves

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Evelyn Janet Reeves, 86, of Waterloo, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, of uterine cancer.

Visitation was one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 5, at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Waterloo.

Burial was in Garden of Memories, Waterloo.

Arrangements were handled by Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo.

Evelyn was born July 18, 1928, in Storm Lake, daughter of Clarence and Mabel (Allen) Baker. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1947. Evelyn was united in married to Wintfred Reeves on June 30, 1951, in Waterloo; he preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1989. She worked as a candy striper at St. Francis Hospital, was an elevator girl at the Russell Lamson Hotel and a candy counter sales girl at Black’s Department Store. Evelyn was hired in 1948 at Rath Packing and worked in the dry sausage department until 1984. She was the last female packing house employee to leave the building.

Evelyn worshipped diligently at her beloved Ansgar Lutheran Church. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, daughter, grandmother and great-grandmother. Evelyn was known for her witty retorts, feisty attitude, easy smile and she was hard working and loyal to a fault.

After the death of her husband, Evelyn continued to open her home to her family. Many years were spent caring for her grandchildren. She lovingly showered them with her chocolate chip cookies and friendship. Evelyn was a wonderful cook, especially known for her chocolate chip cookies; macaroni salad, potato salad and Texas delight dessert.

Fred Schoepske was a very special companion to Evelyn for the last 14 years. They enjoyed visiting family, going out to eat and shopping. The family would like to thank Brenda Roth, who was a good friend and caregiver to Evelyn for the last year.

Evelyn is survived by two sons, Tim (Jennifer) of Pensacola, Fla., and Brad (Noela Brody) of Copperas Cove, Texas; two daughters, Brenda (Larry) Gibbs of Garnavillo and Karen Mettlin of Waterloo; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister Alice Leedom of Waterloo; and her companion, Fred Schoepske.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Nikki Mettlin; four brothers, Leslie, Earl, Fred and Wayne Baker; and two sisters, Hazel Geary and Florence Greiman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church.

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