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Eva LaVerne Handrich

Eva LaVerne Handrich, age 87 of Howard Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 at home, while busily making an apple crisp to take to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League dinner at her church.

Eva was born Nov. 17, 1917 in Howard Lake, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Zech) Glessing. She was the fifth child of seven, two of whom suffered from polio.

She was baptized Dec. 16, 1917 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake by the Rev. A. L. Oetjen; and confirmed in her faith at the same church March 29, 1931 by the Rev. C. G. Seltz.

Eva was joined in marriage to Theodore Handrich, her former eighth grade teacher, Aug. 30, 1938. This union was blessed with three children.

The family moved to Glencoe, where Ted was principal, teacher, and organist at the First Lutheran school and church. Eva was proud to be a teacher, too, teaching country school, and also the kindergarten class at the Lutheran school in New Germany. She retired in 1970, and the family returned to Howard Lake.

Eva was dedicated in her service to the Lord. For many years, she transcribed Bible lessons by hand into Braille.

As a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, she taught Sunday school, helped at the school, and put quilts together for the needy with the Naomi Guild.

Shut-ins received copies of audio and video tapes because of her service on the St. James Social Ministry Board. Studying the Bible with the Sunday morning Bible class and the women’s ABC Bible study group were among some of her rgular activities.

Eva was a long-time member of St. James LWML, where friendships with her fellow members and the work they did together were an important part of her life.

Her personal passions included gardening and growing flowers to enter at the Wright County Fair. She also enjoyed playing cards, especially with her grandchildren (there was no cheating when playing with this grandma).

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; parents Henry and Emma Glessing; three brothers: Warren, Howard, and Maurice Glessing; and her beloved sister, Mabel Sherva.

She is survived by her children: son John and his wife, Sandra, of Reno, Nev.; daughter Lee and her husband, Ron Gsellman, of Medina, Ohio; and son Roger and his wife, Nancy, of St. Cloud; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by two brothers, Omar and Lorren Glessing, both of Howard Lake; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. Eva will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiating. Nancy Butterfass was the organist, with special music by soloist Marge Stueven and the LWML choir. Interment was in the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., and continued one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Pallbearers were Shawn Maassel, Kris Wagner, Kara McKenna, Dennise Gonzalez, Jordan Handrich, and Josh Handrich.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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