Evelyn Dorothy Stender

Funeral services for Evelyn Stender, 85, of Springfield, Mo., and formerly of Norwood Young America were held on Monday, Nov. 30, at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with the Rev. Scott Gustafson officiating.

Mrs. Stender died on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998.

The organist was Arthur Fuchs, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang "Beyond The Sunset." The congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Abide With Me."

Pallbearers were Doug Harms, Russell Harms, Randy Kraemer, Ray Kraemer Jr., Larry McKimm, Doug Swanson, Clarence Stender Jr., and Verner Mielke. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Evelyn Dorothy Harms was born to George and Clara (Hanson) Harms on Nov. 11, 1913 in Plato. She was baptized Nov. 23 by the Rev. Zwintser at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Helen Township. She was confirmed on April 10, 1927 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg by the Rev. Bouman.

On July 30, 1937, she was united in marriage with Edwin C. Stender at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America by the Rev. W.P. Kramer. The couple made their home in Hamburg and later Norwood Young America.

After her husband's death in 1985, Mrs. Stender moved to Sparta, Mo. After illness in 1986, she became a resident at the Ozark Nursing and Care Center.

Survivors include her children, Mary Jane Hershey and husband, John, Ruth Ann Harms, Susan Mead, Bruce Stender, Jolene Harthun and husband, Kim; sister, Clarice McKimm; sisters-in-law, Elvera Behlen, Ruth Altmeyer and Rosella Stender; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Dennis; brothers, Walter, Gilbert, George Jr. and Sal Harms; sisters, Gladys Kraemer, daughter-in-law Diane, grandchildren Terri Lynn and Robert Anthony Stender.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America handled arrangements.

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