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“Mrs Koetke was my 5th Grade Teacher in Kiester. Whenever I remember my school days I think fondly of Mrs K. She was one of the great teachers that...Read More »
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“I have almost 70 years of memories of my mother, Evelyn. As I grew up in Walters, she and my Dad were my guiding light through good and bad...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Gayle Koetke - Cologne, MN - Son

“Evelyn was very much loved and will be sorely missed by the direct care staff here at Elim Shores. She has always been gracious and grateful for even...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Ivy S - Eden Prairie, MN - Friend

“Evelyn was my 6th grade teacher in Kiester. She always dressed with class and was very professional in her daily activities. I remember having a ...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Paul Hanson - Walters, MN

“I fondly remember this fine lady as I and my family lived in Walters. Many times I got meat from our locker at the grocery store. My sympathies. ”
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Evelyn Koetke, age 103, of Eden Prairie, MN, formerly of Walters, MN, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Ridgeview Nursing Home in Le Sueur, MN. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM at United Lutheran Church in Walters with Rev. Donald Rose officiating. Interment will be at the Walters Cemetery. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Evelyn was born January 9, 1915 in Albert Lea, MN, the daughter of George and Mary (Jacobsen) Petersen of Alden, MN. She graduated from Alden High School in 1932 and earned her teaching degree from Mankato Teachers College. She married Kenneth Koetke of Walters on June 28, 1936. She and her husband owned and operated Koetke's General Store and Locker Plant in Walters until 1960. Evelyn was also a 5th Grade teacher at Kiester Elementary School in Kiester, MN until her retirement. She was active in the Walters community, United Lutheran Church, and the Kiester American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Teachers Retirement Association. In 1987, she and Ken moved to a lake home on Mille Lacs Lake in Isle, MN. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Isle and the Isle Lioness Club. She enjoyed her lake home, the birds and wildlife, and the sunsets. Her greatest love was her family. She faithfully visited Ken during his 6 years in a nursing home in Onamia, MN, and she cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her sister, Ardis and her family. She was so thankful for her "daughter" Judy and the love shown her by Judy's family. Many former students stayed in touch also. Evelyn would tell of her early life on the farm and the many things that she had experienced over 103 years and younger folks would listen to hear about what they could not imagine in their young lives.

Evelyn had to leave her home and move to an Assisted Living in Eden Prairie, MN in 2011 where she has spent 7 years doing quite well, but recently was moved to a nursing home for more skilled care.

Evelyn is survived by son, Gayle and his wife Judy Koetke of Cologne, MN; four grandchildren: Joel (Teresa) Koetke of Perham, MN, Michelle Koetke of Minnetonka, MN, Kevin (Missie) Koetke of Shakopee, MN, and Mark (Marcie) Koetke of Rosemount, MN; six great-grandchildren: Brooklyn, Grey, Reid, Dayton, Jacques and Sierra Koetke; four bonus great-grandchildren: Alexa (Matt) Eul, Nicolette Sorensen, Christopher, and Mitchell Aubitz; sister, Ardis Mathiason of Alden; nephews: Glen Mathiason and Robert (Cindy) Mathiason of Alden, MN; great nieces: Shannan Nelson of Alden, MN, Kendra Mathiason of Conger, MN, Krista Mathiason of Chandler, AZ; great-great-niece & nephew: Bryn and Noah Nelson of Alden, MN; and many extended family and friends that were part of her life.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Koetke; her parents: George and Mary Petersen of Alden, MN; parents-in-law: Otto and Elizabeth Koetke of Walters, MN; brothers-in-law: Gerald Koetke of Walters, MN and Anker Mathiason of Alden, MN; and niece, Jill Mathiason of Alden, MN.