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Evelyn Sophia Steinberg Gerken
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Birth: Feb. 28, 1907
Ford County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 2007
Normal
McLean County
Illinois, USA

Born on a farm near Cropsey, the middle child of five of Edward John and Rosa Ann Zahn Steinberg, she married John Theodore Gustav Gerken on Feb. 12, 1938. He died June 3, 1973. Her parents, one sister, Hazel Wisely, two brothers, Edward Adam and Ralph LeRoy Steinberg, and a grandson, Michael Gerken also died before her.

Surviving are four daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; a sister, Ruth Bernice Swaim of Monroe, WA and nine nieces.

Evelyn graduated from Cropsey High School in 1928 and from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Bloomington, in 1931. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Joseph's and in private duty until 1940 and also worked briefly at Fairbury Hospital in 1957. She and John farmed for Sibley Estates and then bought her family farm when her father died in 1951. They retired from farming in 1968 and moved to Gibson City.

She kept a garden and small orchard and harvested, preserved and shared her bounty until moving from her own home to Normal in 1996. She participated in exercise and art programs at Blair House in Normal until health problems forced her to the McLean Co. Nursing Home in 2003. She had been one of the exercise co-leaders at Blair House.

Evelyn was a member of Gibson City United Methodist church and of United Methodist Women. She was active Sunshine Sunday School Class and an office of Friendship Circle in Gibson City. She had taught in Sibley United Methodist and was an officer in Mel-Sib PTA from 1946-1968.

She greatly enjoyed Gibson Senior Citizens trips and joined a trip to Hawaii, at age 80, where she sturdily climbed a volcano saying that if you manage to get here, you might as well see all you can. 
 
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 Parents:
  Edward John Steinberg (1876 - 1951)
  Rosa Anna Zahn Steinberg (1879 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  John Theodore Gustav Gerken (1909 - 1973)
 
 Siblings:
  Edward Adam Steinberg (1903 - 1995)*
  Hazel Ann Steinberg Wisely (1904 - 1996)*
  Evelyn Sophia Steinberg Gerken (1907 - 2007)
  Ralph LeRoy Steinberg (1910 - 1986)*
  Ruth Bernice Steinberg Swaim (1914 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Sibley
Ford County
Illinois, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40.58897, -88.39645
 
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Feb 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10524721
Evelyn Sophia <i>Steinberg</i> Gerken
Added by: Rosetta
 
Evelyn Sophia <i>Steinberg</i> Gerken
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Evelyn Sophia <i>Steinberg</i> Gerken
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- Amy Wolfe
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014
Aunt Evelyn: You are greatly missed by me and my sister Doris. We enjoyed so much seeing you each year when Doris would visit. You will not be forgotten.
- Lois
 Added: May. 31, 2011
Remembering your birthday today. Hummingbirds bring delight as you did to all the children you cared for. With loving memories.
- Rosetta
 Added: Feb. 28, 2011
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