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Evelyn Quinn
September 20, 1913 - November 26, 2010

Evelyn was born September 20, 1913 on a farm near Oelwein.  She graduated from Sacred Heart School in 1931.  Evelyn worked at Montgomery Ward in Oelwein for 47 years and was a mentor to many fellow employees, and formed long-lasting friendships.  

Family was very important to Evelyn. She provided a loving, caring environment for her invalid father for many years. Her nieces and nephews were the grateful beneficiaries of her generosity.  She expended her time and money to make their lives fuller.  Evelyn was known for making birthdays and Christmas special with her thoughtful gifts that she took extra care to wrap beautifully.  

She was a classy, well-dressed lady who enjoyed traveling and entertaining. 

Her impeccably kept home was always tastefully decorated with flowers and classic art where everyone was warmly welcomed.  

Evelyn was a skilled card player, playing vigorous card games with her family and friends. Her quick wit and strong opinions made for some lively conversations.  Her disregard for speed limits were legendary, providing an adrenaline rush for her passengers.  

The joy she added to people's lives who knew her left lasting happy memories. The last of a generation, she will be missed by all. 

Evelyn is survived by her nieces: Linda (Curt)Huff of Moline, IL, Dixie Baumgartner of Oelwein, Kathleen Appleby of Independence, Mary Jo (Don) Mai of Dubuque, Diane (Ken) Heiple of Independence, and Julie (Randy) Johnson of LaPorte City; her nephew Bill (Ann) Quinn of Independence; 13 great nieces and nephews and 16 great-great nieces and nephews. 

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents James and Agnes (McSweeney) Quinn; her sister Mary Schwartz; her brothers Francis Quinn and CJ Quinn, a brother in infancy, Emmet Quinn; a nephew Dick Quinn; and long time friend CD Proctor. 


SERVICE 10:30 AM Monday, November 29, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein

VISITATION 1-4PM Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home


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Sharon Flanagan Darcey on December 3, 2010 at 5:39 AM said:

Evelyn was a dear friend of my mother, Pat Flanagan, while we lived in Oelwein many years ago. Mother died in 1986.

Evelyn was a joy to us in so many ways. I remember her fondly.
Linda C and Betty Stiles-Waterloo, Iowa on November 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM said:

I'm sorry that you've lost a very special lady

as Evelyn Quinn.

Remember all the memories and love to all.

Linda and Betty Stiles
Sheryl Gosse, Adele & Clarence Williams, Oelwein on November 28, 2010 at 9:01 AM said:

We are sorry for your loss of your Aunt Evelyn. We have so many wonderful memories of Evelyn. We know she truely enjoyed her family, especially the neices & nephew. Share & treasure those memories Bill/Ann, Diane & Dixie, please know we are thinking of you at this time. I recently saw Bill & was asking him about Evelyn. She was a wonderful, caring person & lived a good life. Be close & always be there for each other & the rest of your families. Stay in touch, Blessings always, Sheryl & family.

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