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Evelyn "Evie" May Schuck

March 9, 1916 - November 23, 2022
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Royal, IA
Evelyn "Evie" May Schuck

Evelyn "Evie" May Schuck

Born: March 9, 1916
Died: November 23, 2022
Age: 106

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  Evelyn May Schuck (Evie) was born on March 9, 1916 on a farm near Gaza and Sutherland, Iowa. Her parents were Henry and Millie Engelke Petersen, and she grew up with two siblings: Wilbur (Pick) Petersen and Nora (Norie) Warren. She lost a younger ten-month-old sister, Lorene Emma, to pneumonia. Evie went to school in Gaza and played basketball in high school. She was active in 4-H and showed a Holstein calf at the county fair in Primghar when she was 9 or 10 years old. Making and pulling homemade taffy was one of the many childhood memories she treasured. She was close to many of her cousins and enjoyed riding horses and spending time with them on the farm. Some of her aunts and uncles included her in their travels when she was a teenager, which gave her the opportunity to attend the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, as well as visit California and the Black Hills.  

 Evie married Bernard (Brownie) Schuck in 1940 and had two daughters: Shari (Emmert) and Kathi (Sokness). They lived on a farm south of Royal where she was a busy farm wife and mother, known for her delicious cooking and baking. Her fried chicken is remembered to this day, as is her sour cream raisin pie, mock angel food cake, orange rolls, and many other desserts, pies and cookies. She also kept a large garden and canned many fruits and vegetables, including fantastic sweet pickles.

   Evie was active in her church, Bethlehem Lutheran in Royal, participating in Dorcas Circle and teaching Sunday school to kindergarten children. For four years, she worked part-time at the Royal Post Office. Evie was also involved with card clubs, bowling teams, and was known to visit many people in the hospitals and nursing homes in the surrounding area, always taking treats with her to share.

  Evie and Brownie spent 17 winters in Mesa, Arizona where they lived at the Towerpoint resort. They enjoyed dancing, traveling and making friends from all over the country. In 1993, they moved from their farm northwest of Royal to a house in Spencer. After Brownie passed away in 1999, Evie lived on her own with her beloved cat, Mattie, who kept her company and entertained her many visitors. In the spring of 2014, Evie became a resident of Longhouse Nursing Home after a fall, where she remained until her death. She loved getting visitors, sharing a sweet treat, and talking about past and present news.

  Evie lost her daughter, Kathi Sokness, in June 2017. She is survived by daughter Shari Emmert and husband, Kenneth; five grandchildren: Barb (Emmert) Fletcher and husband Randy, Julie (Emmert) Gerstandt and husband Todd, Steven Emmert, Jill Sokness, and Joel Sokness and partner Sarah Aldridge; three great-grandchildren: Kyle Fletcher and wife Allie (McCarty); Carly (Fletcher) Hermstad and husband Greg; Caitlyn Fletcher and partner Lucas Carstensen; and three great-great-granddaughters: Hallie Fletcher, Hannah Hermstad, and Lauryn Fletcher; as well as cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends who will all miss her kindness and open heart.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa.
Pastor Mark Wilms
All of Evie's Grandchildren
Will be held prior to the Memorial Service at the Church.
Congregational Hymns

"Jesus Loves Me"
"In The Garden"
"How Great Thou Art"

Organist, Sue Brugman
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, December 16, 2022 at 10:01 AM
“My love, my heart and my condolences go out to your family…may her soul rest in eternal peace.”
- Cherie Brower Berkel
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:49 AM
“I'm so sorry”
- Lisa (Johnson) Kaiser
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 3:53 PM
“Rest in peace Evie. You will be missed.”
- Dan Roberts
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 9:25 AM
“Dear Shari & Family, Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time but what a wonderful long well lived life your mother had! May you hold onto all those beautiful memories and find comfort. God Bless. Julie (Mohr) Peterson”
- Julie Peterson
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 6:55 AM
“Shari and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Sandi Nielsen
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 6:32 AM
“She was a beautiful person/ I always thought Evelyn and Brownie made such a handsome couple. What a wonderful privilege to have known her.”
- Lynne (Zieman) Jordan
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 6:32 AM
“Dear Shari,
We’ve spoken many times of your dear mother. I’m sorry for your loss and thankful for her long life well lived. You have an abundance of good memories of her to comfort you daily and in the distance. Take care, my friend. ”
- Cheryl Hessenius
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 6:28 AM
“Evie was such a beautiful lady. I loved spending the night with Shari when we were growing up. What a wonderful life and now she is at peace.”
- Dixie Hagedorn Petersen
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 5:17 PM
“My heart is heavy with sadness for the loss of a beautiful, wonderful aunt. Do to the covid ordeal in 2020 my wife Shirley and I tried to see her a couple of times but the policies of the nursing home would not let us visit her. She was a wonderful, loving, caring person with a heart of gold. I will dearly miss her and especially her beautiful smile and laugh. As was mentioned, her fried chicken and mashed/w/gravy was the best. Many times when I helped bale hay she would always have the chicken dinner served for our hard days work. Even the cold chicken left over the next day was a treat. I will miss Aunt Evie very much and my heart will carry her soulful thoughts until I die. She was and is my hero always. Love to her and her family from the bottom of my heart. Allen Lucht”
- Allen Lucht (
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 5:17 PM
“Kathi and I were great friends growing up in Royal. Evie made the best breakfasts in the morning and we ate rapidly as the bus was honking. Evie and Brownie were great parents. God Bless her.”
- Linda Laursen
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“My condolences to Kurt, Joel and Jill. So sorry for your loss.”
- Edie Aldridgr
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Evie’s family She got her wings and now she is having coffee and homemade goodies with everyone in her new home. What a special aunt she was. ”
- Debbie Lohr. Christensen
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“Our sympathies to Evies family. She will be missed. She was ready and earned her wings! ”
- Dawn Feucht
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“Condolences Shari and Kathi. Your Mom was a beautiful woman with innate kindness and grace. I remember her well. What a long life she had.! Rest In Peace, Evie. ”
- Joyce (Rogness) Brawner
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time. My Dad , Herb James, and Mom, LaVonne Wilcox James had such fond memories they shared with me about early years with The Schucks . Dad just passed a couple weeks ago so they are all rejoicing together. RIP”
- Cindy James Abrahamson
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“Shari and families I am sorry to hear about your mom. I miss visiting with Kathi at the fair each year too.”
- JoAnn Coakley
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“May peace comfort you. For the family, I offer my respect and honor for a great lady. ”
- Norma Jean Dethlefsen Brown
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM
“Shari and family,
I was saddened to read that your sweet Mother had passed away. I will keep you in my prayers and ask God to give you strength and peace and ask Him to comfort your aching hearts. Thinking of you and your family.”
- Bob &Audrey Schmidt
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 2:55 PM
“I've been thinking of you all! That wonderful grandma had a good life! Many memories to share with others and what a sweet personality! God bless you as a family, knowing she is at peace!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 1:44 PM
“My sympathy to Evie’s family. She was such a very sweet and kind lady. May God bless you with peace and comfort. May His Perpetual light shine upon her.”
- Dee Kilpatrick
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 12:05 PM
“Oh Evie, I am so happy that you are finally getting your angel wings and able to go join your loved ones waiting for you. You were such a sweet lady. Condolences to your family.”
- Tammy Gillis
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