Evelyn M. "Evie" Gerner

Evelyn M. "Evie" Gerner, nee Melbinger, 90, of West Bend died Friday, July 13, 2007 at the Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira.

She was born March 12, 1917 in the town of Trenton to the late Andrew and Margaret (nee Solms) Melbinger and married Arnold H. Gerner on June 10, 1939 in West Bend.

Arnold preceded her in death on July 27, 1980.

Evie was born and raised on her parentsí farm, and after their marriage Evelyn and Arnold owned and operated their own farm.

After her children were grown, Evie started working at the Cedar Lake Home as a nurseís aide and would often accompany residents who needed a little extra help to their doctorís appointments.

She loved gardening, crafts and sewing and would often volunteer for the Immanuel UCC election night dinners.

Survivors include her two children, Ralph (Elaine) of Cedarburg and Richard (Bonnie) of West Bend; and four grandchildren, Ross (Traci) of Johnsburg, Ill., Kari (Jim) Thornborough of Chicago, Kurt of Shorewood and Chelli (J.P.) Whelan of Conover, N.C.

Evie is further survived by her eight great-grandchildren, Haille, Alexis and Ashton Gerner, Blue and Ivy Thornborough, Lucy Aragon-Gerner and Lindsey and Maggie Whelan; her brother, Herbert of Lomira; a sister-in-law, Eileen Gerner of Oak Creek; two nieces, Gloria (George) Becker of South Milwaukee and Deb Gerner of Waukesha; and other relatives and friends.

Prceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Arnold.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend, with Rev. Richard Vincent officiating.

Burial will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 until 6:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Immanuel UCC or the Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center are appreciated.


Evelynís family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at the Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira for the kind and loving care given to Evelyn for the years she was a resident there.