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Funeral services for Anna Mae Evink, of Hancock, Minnesota, will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Hancock, with Reverend Harrison Newhouse officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30, at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Hancock, Minnesota.
Anna Mae VerSteeg was born on July 1, 1932 the daughter of Theodore and Florence (Hoekstra) VerSteeg of rural Hancock. She attended school in Cyrus until the eighth grade. She worked at home caring for her family and helping at the family farm. When Anna Mae was fifteen she met a young man by the name of Conrad Evink at the church. On February 6, 1951 the two were united in marriage at the Hancock Christian Reformed Church Parsonage. The couple lived most of their married life in Hancock, with the exception of when Conrad served his country in the Army, they were stationed at Fort Rucker in Alabama. Their union was blessed with five children, Bernice, Roger, Michael, Cherie and Kevin.
Anna Mae’s greatest joy was her family and caring for them. In 1966 the couple stopped farming to purchase an upholstering business. The couple worked side by side, her sewing and Conrad doing the upholstering for twenty-eight years until they sold the business in 1994. Anna Mae doted over others. She enjoyed cooking, baking, making refrigerator pickles and homemade apple sauce, often sharing with others. She loved having her family over for a traditional Sunday meal, which she made from scratch with enough food for everyone to eat twice! She came from the era of a meticulously clean house, everything was ironed and homemade. Anna Mae’s strength came from her deep relationship with God and she was a faithful servant of her church. She never complained of pain or her changing health over the years. She was a welcoming, loving, caring person who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Anna Mae was welcomed into the loving arms of her Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the West Wind Village, at the age of 87.
She leaves behind her children, Bernice (Vern) Christie of Hancock, Roger (Connie) Evink of Hancock, Mike (Janet) Evink of Hancock, Cherie (Wayne) Lien of Glenwood, and daughter-in-law, Wendy Evink of Morris; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; siblings, Jean (Ron) Johnson of Willmar, Chuck (Sandy) VerSteeg of Rock Valley, Iowa, Delores (Whitney) Long of Indianapolis, Indiana, Nelva McAdams of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tony VerSteeg of Rock Valley, Iowa, Ken (Tres) VerSteeg of Sheldon, Iowa, Darlene (Ron) Kone of Baltimore, Maryland, Robert (Joanne) VerSteeg of Willmar, and Deb VerSteeg of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Conrad; parents Theodore and Florence VerSteeg; son, Kevin Evink; daughter-in-law Mary; brothers, Clarence and Doug VerSteeg; sisters-in-law: Bernice VerSteeg and Winerva VerSteeg; brothers-in-law, John Bonnema and Harold McAdams.