Evelyn M. Jewett, 102, of Muscatine, died at her home Tuesday, Aug. 16, with her loving family at her bedside.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Mathias Church in Muscatine. The Reverend Chris Weber and Jason Crossen will con celebrate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. A Rosary was held after the visitation at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a memorial contribution to one of the following: Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish or Camp Courageous. Online condolences may be made at www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn was born in 1920 in Sweetland Center in Muscatine County, the daughter of Albert A. and Lucille Stecher Bermel. She was raised on a farm along with her three brothers and three sisters. Evelyn learned about the good life of farming and what it meant to live off of the land.
She attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse through the eighth grade. After graduating, she moved to Pleasant Prairie to live with her grandparents on their farm to assist them in their later years.
When Evelyn was around 18-26 years old, she played the accordion in a band called; “The Melody Makers.” They recorded two 78 RPM records, which are still in the family. She so much enjoyed that time of her life playing music and attending dances. Evelyn was a marvel on the dance floor too!
She married Leroy Robert Jewett on April 25, 1945, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; they remained married for 41 years until his death in 1986. They were blessed with seven daughters: Joann, Nancy, Rosemary, Barbara, Janice, Connie, and Laurie. Their daughters were raised on that Pleasant Prairie farm where she had lived with her grandparents.
Evelyn was very active her entire life on the farm while raising her daughters, gardening, farming chores, dressing chickens, and all of the work that living on a farm required. In 1971, she began working in the cafeteria at the Montpelier Elementary School and remained there until the school closed 15 years later.
Evelyn was a member of several organizations including: 4-H Club's, Catholic Daughters of America, Ss. Mary Mathias Guild, Women of the Moose, the Salvation Army, Loaves and Fishes, Trinity Muscatine Hospital Auxiliary, and the committee for the 1996 Muscatine Sesquicentennial Celebration. She also spent time at the nursing homes in Muscatine, taking part in the liturgical services and distribution of Holy Communion for the Catholic residents. Around the age of 94, she was unable to continue to do this, but she handed it over to the many who supported her in doing this every week.
She was a tremendous support to her family. Evelyn thoroughly enjoyed all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and throughout their school years and beyond, she went to every game, play, concert, or other activity in which they were involved. They were her pride and joy.
Survivors include seven daughters, JoAnn Martin, Nancy Guy, Rosemary (Rick) Buster, Barbara (Steve) Howard, Janice (Cary) Rutt, Connie (Stephen) Dore, and Laurie (Ron) Danner; her grandchildren, Wendi (Lane) Ingram, Julie (Dave) Dalecky, Krista (Scott) Walker, Anne Oien, Amy Bozarth, Jamie (Jenny) Trana, Karra (Jason) Wester, Kate (Shane) Williams, Mandi Perkins, Jeff (Jenn) Howard, Caroline (Chad) Freberg, Abigail (Jason) Weiland, Rob (Chelsea) Rutt, Elliott Rutt, Kindra (Zach) Bever, and Morgan (Lucas) Gosney; her great-grandchildren, Zachary and Madeline Lutz, Alexandria and Ethan Dalecky, Kylee and Trey Walker, Shelby and Gage Oien, Jared Bozarth, Evelyn Topaz and Harriett Opal Trana, Isabel and Drew Wester, Grace, Jake, and Sam Williams, Tanner Perkins, Elise and Briar Rose Freberg, Quinn Rutt Weiland, Sawyer, Theo, and Maverick Rutt, Logan Bever, and Oliver Gosney; several step-grandchildren; her siblings, Arlene Daufeldt, Delores (Harold) Hammann, and Albert E. Bermel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy, her parents, a sister, Dorothy Fuller, brothers, Paul and Frank Bermel, sisters-in-law, Cleo, Arline, and Rosemary Bermel, Ruble Jewett and Frances Daufeldt; brothers-in-law, Harold (Sam) and Clarence (Bus) Daufeldt, Richard Fuller, and Earl Jewett; and a step great-granddaughter.