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Evelyn Feist, 91 - September 07, 2011


Evelyn H. Feist, 91, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney.
Services took place on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Lexington with the Rev. Craig Whitson officiating. Burial was at the Jewell Cemetery at Sumner.
Feist was born Jan. 5, 1920, at Gothenburg to Harm M. and Emma (Cross) Franzen, the first of four daughters.
She graduated from Gothenburg High School with the Class of 1938. She worked for child welfare in Lexington from 1938-1940 and lived in Wyoming from 1940-1942. She then moved to Denver and worked in the Defense Plant from 1942-1945.
On April 17, 1943, she was united in marriage to Aloysius F. Feist at Gothenburg. To this union, two girls were born.
Feist graduated from the North Platte Beauty Academy and later opened up her own beauty shop in Gothenburg, called Evelyn’s Beauty Shop. She would operate her shop from 1957 until 1989 when she retired. During this time, she also worked at McVay Mortuary and Blasé Funeral Home in Gothenburg.
Upon retiring, she helped local families care for their children in their own homes. These kids were a pure joy to her and maintained contact with her, according to family members. She also loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as kids where her greatest joy.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Gothenburg where she was baptized in 1920 and confirmed in 1932. Her faith was strong and she always walked with the Lord by her side, said family members.
Feist enjoyed embroidery, cross stitch and handiwork as well as a good hand of cards and attending community concerts with her friends after retirement, family said.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Harm and Emma; two sisters—Verniece Adle and Lorraine Crawford; nephew, Harry (Butch) Crawford.
Survivors include: her two daughters and their spouses—Alberta (Ron) Kearney of Sumner and Sandy (Chuck) Watkinson of Eddyville; four grandchildren and spouses—Loretta (Keith) Anderson of Overton, Lynette (Buck) Dannar of Williston, ND, Natasha (Phil) Hamm of Grand Island and Wade (Rhonda) Kearney of Sumner; 13 great-grandchildren—Tyson, Chelsey, Dawson, Quinton, Walker, Hanna, Harlee, Brandon, Elizabeth, Rachael, Christyn, Annalea and Matthew; a sister, Myra Walker of Kearney; two nieces and one nephew; numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

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