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Evelyn Guggisberg, age 78 of Glenwood died Sunday, November 26, 2023 at West Wind Village in Morris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1st at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, November 30th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Glenwood. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Evelyn Agnes (Blonigen) Guggisberg was born on July 21, 1945 to Herman and Magdalena (Fuchs) Blonigen. She was the youngest of 10 children. Evelyn grew up on a farm near Saint Martin, MN and began her Catholic religious journey at the Church of St. Martin. As an adult she attended Glenwood Sacred Heart and Assumption in Morris MN. She attended school in Paynesville, MN and graduated in 1963. She went on to college at the Collage of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater.
Evelyn married Steven Guggisberg on July 12, 1969 and shortly after moved a home in near the Catholic Cemetery in Glenwood, where they started their family. They later moved to a farm between Starbuck and Morris where they continued raising their 6 children, Deanna, Greg, Ann, Missy, Dan, and George.
Evelyn worked as a substitute teacher for a short time in different school districts. She also did various hostess, waitressing jobs, and worked at Fingerhut as a seamstress. Evelyn worked at the Minnewaska House until they opened a Lindsay EcoWater Systems business where she did various jobs. She also managed their rental properties and the WaskaWash Laundromat and Drycleaning. Later in life she worked at Perkins and OfficeMax in Alexandria and group homes in Morris until she became ill and finally retired.
Evelyn was a part of several organizations and groups, but a few that stand out are, the Christian Mothers, Public Square Rosary Leader, ProLife or MCCL organizations, officer and delegate for Pope County Republicans, song leader, many religious choirs, and as a kid 4H for sewing.
She enjoyed church, Bible study, and writing. She LOVED gardening of all kinds including a rock garden that she spent many hours perfecting. She enjoyed spending time with friends, canning, sewing, and even cooking later in life. She was always taking pictures and making picture books for her family. She liked being a part of several different choir groups and singing in general.
Evelyn will be remembered for her great love for God and religion. She could always find the silver lining and was easy to talk to. She was always good for a laugh with her quirky sense of humor. She was a gifted seamstress and singer! For her wedding she sewed her own wedding dress, her mother’s dress, and Steven’s suit, which he said was the best fitting suit he ever wore. For her children she would sew all their dresses, making them extra special. Evelyn was greatly known for her card giving and the ability to time them so that it would arrive on the exact day of the celebration.
Evelyn is survived by her children Deanna (Gary) Vieaux, Greg (Stephanie) Guggisberg, Ann (Jaime) Gallo, Melissa Guggisberg (Partner Michael Martin), Dan (Holly) Guggisberg, George (Angie) Guggisberg; her grandchildren Alex, Elizabeth, Catherine, Joe, Leslie, Jacob, Thomas, Miaya, Miyka, Gavin, Gabby, Kane, and honorary grandchildren Avery and Liam Martin. Her brother Victor, and her sisters Cecilia, and Jeanette.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Steven Guggisberg, her parents Herman and Magdalena Blonigen, her brothers Florian, Leroy, Adelbert, Fr. Aloysius Blonigen CMN (Arnold), Gerald, her sister Alverna.
Evelyn's family wants to give a special thank you to all her friends, West Wind Village care givers, and Knute Nelson Hospice care givers.