Severna A. DaVelaar

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Severna A. DaVelaar, 98, formerly of Waterloo and Evansdale, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sunrise Hill Care & Rehab Center, Traer.

She was born May 20, 1917, in Ridgeway, daughter of Severn and Anna Langan Olson. She married Lester Pillard in 1936 and they later divorced. She married John W. DaVelaar on Aug. 11, 1945, in Galena, Ill.; he died March 27, 2003.

A 1934 graduate of McGregor High School, Severna and her husband owned and operated both Jax Tavern and Evansdale Furniture Store for 20 years, retiring in 1970.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Carol Pillard of Lake Villa, Ill.; three grandchildren, Tracy (Dave) Gray of Antioch, Ill., Mark (Janet) Pillard of Gurnee, Ill., and Todd Pillard of Jacksonville, Fla.; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Earl (Delores) Olson of Ottumwa.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Pillard; step daughter Delores Andersen; sister, Junell Dennis; two brothers, Harry and Judson Gutheil.

Graveside services were Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor. Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Norwegian Church Association, McGregor. Condolences can be left at

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