Evelyn Marie Orton of Glenwood City, Wisconsin, was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, and most importantly, a grandmother. She was blessed with 79 joyful years of life before her peaceful departure on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 where she was encompassed with the ones who cherished her most, her family.
Evelyn was born March 15, 1935 in Polk County, WI to parents Anton and Verna (Johnson) Peterson. Evie attended country school, and then high school, first in St. Croix Falls, WI and later finished her final year in Osseo, MN. Evelyn would be united in marriage to Robert L. Orton on July 27, 1957. Their union in marriage would be blessed with two daughters, Brenda and Wanda and a son, Brad with two generations of grandchildren, and almost 57 years of marriage.
In 1970, Evelyn and Robert moved to a farm in Glenwood City, WI from Circle Pines, MN. Although she enjoyed her time at home, her kind and loving nature was proven with her dedication by working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Glenhaven Nursing Home, in Glenwood City, WI for 34 years, retiring at the age of 75, in 2010. Her enjoyments in life included her sweet tooth of her Scandinavian Heritage, feeding the birds, raspberry picking in her back yard and planting her flowers; but her greatest joy was being a grandmother to 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Her kind character and familiar smile greeted all who came through the doors, and put warmth in the hearts to all she touched. Evelyn will also be remembered for the bonds she shared with her grandchildren and the spirit of life. Though she’ll be missed, she will be loved and remembered by many.
Evelyn is survived by her husband Robert; her daughters, Brenda (Carey) Kerr and Wanda (Joe) Jackelen; son, Brad (Michele) Orton; grandchildren, Barry (Gena) Ketchum, Brad Ketchum, Laura Kerr, Monica (Scott) Miller, Gina (Kyle) Monicken, Kayla Jackelen (Joe Best), Bo Orton, Brock Orton; great-grandchildren, Derek, Samantha, and Ryan Ketchum, Jack and Reid Miller, Luke and Ava Monicken; sister Arlene (Don) Rothenbacher, brother Marvin (Sharon) Peterson, brother, Fred Peterson, and sister, Karen Hamilton; as well as many other relatives and friends. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Vernon and Carl, and sister, Joann.
A visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Williamson ~ White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Avenue N. Amery, WI, with a memorial service to celebrate Evelyn’s life following at 7:00 p.m. Evelyn was laid to rest at Deronda Cemetery in Deronda, WI.
You may sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute at www.williamsonwhite.com. The Williamson-White Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.