Evelyn Brinkman Truesdale, age 94, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at her home in Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Services celebrating the life of Evelyn will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Her ashes will be buried at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.
Evelyn Emma Brinkman Truesdale was born in Sibley County to Henry and Hattie (Voigt) Ranzau on April 9, 1925. Evelyn lived in the Glencoe area all of her life. She was baptized at First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glencoe by Pastor Kolbe in 1925 and confirmed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church by Pastor Streufert in 1939. Evelyn received her education in the Glencoe area, first attending a rural one room school and later attending Glencoe public schools. She graduated from Glencoe High School in 1943. In September 1943, she was united in marriage to Wilbert F. Brinkman. They were blessed throughout their lifetime by their two daughters, Marilyn and Phyllis and enjoyed vacationing with family at various Minnesota lakes, as well as destinations outside of Minnesota. Evelyn was an excellent seamstress, sewing many of her own and her daughter’s clothes.
After her husband Wilbert’s death in 1988, Evelyn was married to Clark Truesdale. Evelyn and Clark divided time between their home in Glencoe and a retirement community in Yuma, Arizona. Clark died in 2003. Clark and Evelyn enjoyed their RV and travelling together.
Evelyn was a homemaker, and also was employed for most of her adult life as office manager and medical assistant in local physicians’ offices. She was very active in the Glencoe community, contributing her time and talents to the Glencoe Hospital Board, the Glencoe Business and Professional Women’s Organization, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the First Congregational Church in Glencoe and the McLeod County Historical Society.
Evelyn is survived by her:
Daughters, Marilyn and Phyllis;
4 Grandchildren, Corinne (David), Shanili, Allison (Jeff), and Eric (Melissa);
9 Great-Grandchildren, Zoe, James, Isabelle, EllaMae, Audrey, Hattie, Sophie, Violet, and JP;
Brother, Lester (Linda);
Many Nephews, Nieces, and Cousins.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her Parents, Henry and Hattie Ranzau; Husbands, Wilbert Brinkman, Clark Truesdale.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Allina Health Hospice and Grand Meadows Senior Living for their attentiveness and care. Special thanks also to Pastor Peter Adelsen of First Evangelical Lutheran Church for his visits and ministry to Evelyn.