Agnes H. (Jilk) EvansonJune 19, 1913 ~ July 29, 2017 (age 104)
Agnes Hildegard (Jilk) Evanson was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The eighth child of August and Sophia (Kilian) Jilk, she was born on June 19, 1913 in the family farmhouse in Hillsdale Township between Minnesota City and Stockton. She married a friend from a neighboring farm, Elmer Cornelius Evanson, on May 4, 1935. He predeceased her in 1998. During her 104 years, Agnes was known as a hard-working, devout Catholic, with six children, and involvement in family business enterprises and volunteer and social activities.
She supported Elmer’s work by being the office manager of American Plumbing Company and the manager and owner of Washington Hotel which was located above the office of the plumbing business. After their children were all living elsewhere, she took classes and became a Winona County health aide.
She always attended Mass daily. In her early nineties, when she could no longer drive, she was seen bundled up against the winter chill as she walked to St. Casimir or the mile from her home to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Her love for God gave her compassion, patience, and unselfish love in service to others.
She was a member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where she served in several activities including Marriage Encounter and funeral lunch and bazaar committees. She also participated in both Cathedral and St. Casimir quilting groups, and volunteered at the American Red Cross and at St. Anne Hospice (now known as St. Anne of Winona).
For many years, she and many dear friends, now long gone, played in a monthly card club formed when they were all young parents and members of Cathedral. She was also a member of the Columbian Women (auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus), Catholic Daughters, the Serra Club and the Winona Flower and Garden Club.
She liked to cook and bake and entertain family and was known for her bread, rolls and pies, with crusts made with lard. Other family favorite foods from her Czech-German heritage were – sauerkraut, pork and fried potato dumplings, and Elmer’s Norwegian heritage – lefse, krumkake, and sanbakkels. Until her nineties, she had a large garden on the Evanson Century farm established by Elmer’s parents in Rollingstone Township, and she spent many hours canning the vegetables and berries she grew there.
Some of her grandchildren remember the time when, in her sixties and fully clothed, she joined them in swinging out on a rope hanging from a tree, and dropping into the swimming pool below. She enjoyed white water rafting and jumping off a bridge with children and grandchildren on the Wolf River in Wisconsin. No one was surprised when, in her eighties, not only painted the barn, but also shot a turkey, a buck deer, and on her hundredth birthday took a celebratory motorcycle ride with her son Paul.
Her family is grateful for the loving care she received over the past twelve years at St. Anne of Winona, first at Callista Court and then from the second-floor staff of St. Anne Extended Healthcare.
Agnes' children and their spouses are Raymond (deceased 1998) & Nancy Evanson, Rosemary and Reynold Boezi, Carl (deceased 2014) & Doris Evanson, Donald and Sandra (deceased 2013) Evanson, Paul and Dorothy Evanson, and Rita Evanson (deceased 1955).
She is survived by nineteen grandchildren: Jeff (Kristin) Evanson, Keith Evanson, Dan (Shelley) Evanson, David (Rachael) Boezi, Karen Boezi (Jack Corsello), Scot Evanson, Mike Evanson, Chris (Leisa) Evanson, SeAnn Evanson, Alicia (Matt) Andersen, Tony (Bridget) Evanson, Heidi (James)Bealka, John Evanson, Matt (Sarah) Evanson, Kathy (Mike) Cooper, Julie (Dave) Nagorski, Beth (Salim) Evanson Makhoul Randi (Dave) Arndt, Tim (Laura) Evanson , thirty-four great-grandchildren and two of their spouses, seven great-great grandchildren, a sister - Sister Marie Louise (Margaret) Jilk of Techny, IL, and a sister-in-law - Lillian Jilk of Kenosha, WI, and many nieces and nephews. Agnes was predeceased by three grandchildren: Bob Evanson and two infant girls, two great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and twelve siblings - Gerald, Francis, Sister Grace (Anna) Jilk, Anthony, Leo, Norbert, Sophia Butenhoff, August, Joseph, Albert, Mary Jilk, and Sylvester.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, with Rev. Mark McNea and Rev. Robert Stamschror officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Minnesota City. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 4, at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, and beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Cathedral. Casket bearers are grandchildren and great-grand child: Chris Evanson Jr, John Evanson, Tim Evanson, Mike Evanson, Dan Evanson, Dave Boezi.
Memorials are preferred to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Saint Anne of Winona Foundation, and the Catholic Schools Foundation.
Mother is no longer “lost”, and wishes “God Bless you” to everyone.