Obits – Evelyn Emma Kern

Evelyn Emma Kern
Evelyn Emma Kern

Evelyn Emma Kern, 92, of Park Rapids, Minn., died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.
Evelyn Emma Smith was born to Jackson and Emma (Beving) Smith on March 31, 1921 at Doran, Minn., in Wilkin County. At the age of 12 she moved with her family to Hewitt, Minn. She graduated from Hewitt High School and went on to St. Cloud Teachers College where she received her teaching degree in elementary education. She taught in Hewitt, Bertha and in the Orono district after they moved to Long Lake, Minn., in 1961.  She also did a lot of private tutoring after moving to Long Lake and enjoyed over 40 years of teaching.
On June 11, 1943 she married Vernon Kern in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Hewitt. They were blessed with three wonderful sons, Jack, Michael and Mark. Both Evelyn and Vernon retired from their careers in 1983 and spent their summers at their lake home near Park Rapids and their winters in a retirement park in McAllen, Texas.
Evelyn enjoyed gardening, mostly flowers, and supplied many floral arrangements to the Presbyterian Church when they lived in Long Lake, Minn., for over 20 years. She also enjoyed doing many crafts, league bowling, shuffling, teaching line dancing, choral singing and singing in a Gospel mixed quartette while in Texas. In 2005 she moved into Summerfield Apartments and remained there until April, 2013 when she moved to Heritage Living Center.
She was active in the Riverside United Methodist Church, the Hospital Auxiliary and as a volunteer in the hospital.
She is survived by her sons—Jack (Mary) of Morris, Minn.; Michael (Christina) of Apple Valley, Minn.; Mark (Lynn) of Slinger, Wis.; three grandsons — Michael Jr. (Aimee); Christian and Taylor; two granddaughters — Mandy and Kaitlyn; two great- granddaughters — Krysha and Mattea; brother — Richard; sister-in-law — Donna and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 9, 1999, two days before their 56th wedding, her parents, brother George and sister Mary.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Pastor Lee Kantonen is officiating. Inurnment in the family plot in the Hewitt Cemetery.
Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids is assisting with the arrangements. For more information, call (218) 732-7264. You may leave online condolences at