|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1907|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2002|
KOEHLER, ALICE EVALYN *EVALYN*--Alice Evalyn Armstrong Koehler was born to Harry and Emma Lyman Armstrong, June 11, 1907, and passed away at the Heritage Crossings in Geneva, Oct. 18, 2002.
Evalyn was born and raised in Lincoln. She had a wonderful childhood and many fond memories of trips with her Aunt Alice. Two of her favorite trips were traveling on the train to a baseball game in Chicago and a visit to Washington D.C.
Evalyn attended the University of Nebraska to pursue a degree in art. She was involved in sports before women’s sports were popular. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Theta sorority. She graduated in June of 1929.
Her life-long friend, Alice Crane Simmons, brought her to Geneva to apply for the art position. During the interview with two members of the school board, (Bill Biba and Dr. Rosenau) she found out that the art position also included the kindergarten position. She didn’t know anything about the kindergarten, but she took the job. Her beginning salary was $1,000 a year. The contract also stated “no marriage.”
Evalyn started going with George Koehler, who in her words was a ‘cool salesman’ at that time. They went together for two years, and were married at Evalyn’s family home in Lincoln on June 7, 1924. The temperature that day was 110 degrees.
Wanting children, and being under the impression they couldn’t have any, their friends recommended adoption. After being notified that a baby boy was available at White Hall in Lincoln, they went to pick up Lynn Lyman Koehler.
Shortly after that, they were excited to learn that they were going to have another child, Richard Anthony. In the spring of 1947, they received word that they had a chance of getting the baby girl they had waited for so long. Alice Louise joined the family that spring.
Evalyn was involved in many organizations. The church was a very important part of her life. She served as Sunday school superintendent for the Congregational Church for years. She also sang in the choir, belonged to Women’s Fellowship, taught Sunday school, and was church clerk. She was a 50-year member of Chapter O P.E.O., a member of the Eastern Star, OK Kensington, and several bridge clubs. Evalyn was an avid Husker fan and loved to play golf. Even in later years, she put her creative skills to use decorating the monthly calendar for the Senior Center.
Evalyn loved teaching and, even more than that, she loved the kids. She attended every graduation of every class she taught. Up until recently, she remembered almost all of her students, and always enjoyed visiting with them.
Evalyn had a dry sense of humor that stayed with her until the end. She quite often said exactly what she was thinking. One of those instances happened just recently when she decided that she wanted to go to bed, NOW! Alice Louise was trying to distract her by putting lotion on her and combing her hair. Evalyn looked at her and said, “Just what is it we are trying to do here?” Alice Louise told her that the two of them were just “Hanging Out!” She replied, “Well then, let’s “Hang Out” in bed.”
Evalyn is survived by her son Lynn, son Richard and wife Sue; daughter Alice Louise Tatro and husband Ron; grandchildren, Jeff Koehler, Angela Hendrix, Leann Dockins, Laura Gestring, Allison Jensen, Matthew Koehler, Andrea Perrin, Christopher Koehler, Timothy Koehler, Phillip Koehler and Brian Koehler; five great-grandchildren: Trent Gestring, Grant and Cole Jensen; Jordan and Sydney Dockins; two sisters-in-law, Mary Alice Armstrong and Louise Picard.
Funeral services were conducted from the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Geneva on Oct. 22, 2002, with Pastor Lynn Strandt officiating.
The congregation, accompanied by Carolyn Lees, sang “Praise to the Lord,” “Bringing in the Sheaves,” “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Morning has Broken”.
Casket bearers were Matt, Chris, Tim, Phillip and Bryan Koehler.
Interment was in the Geneva Public Cemetery.
The Nebraska Signal October 2002
George Lynn Koehler (1904 - 1984)
Lynn Lyman Koehler (1938 - 2011)*
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Record added: Sep 28, 2012
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