Valerie Evenson
August 8, 1955 - November 27, 2018

Valerie  Evenson

Valerie Evenson
Aug 8, 1955 - Nov 27, 2018

Valerie  Evenson
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RUSHFORD, MN - Valerie Ann Evenson, 63, of Rushford, MN died on November 27, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Valerie Ann Severtson was born on August 8, 1955, in Rushford, MN to Oscar and Katherine (Sinclair) Severtson. She was raised in Money Creek, MN and was a 1973 graduate of Houston High School. She was a graduate of Winona Technical College. Valerie was united in marriage with Kenneth Evenson on June 12, 1976. She worked her entire career at the Winona County Veterans Service Office. She was active in the Inclusion Body Myositis Foundation. Valerie loved her family and took great pride in their achievements. She also loved her career and helping veterans in any way possible, travelling to see National parks across the country and her Scottish heritage were lifelong passions "Free Scotland". She had a smile that would touch the hearts of anyone who saw it. She will be missed immensely by everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; three children: Megan (Ben) Schemensky of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Michael (Stephanie) Evenson of Rushford, and Matthew (Misty) Evenson of Granby, CO; eight grandchildren: Caygen, Kaleb, Michael Jr., Joseph, Kaelynn, Alexander, Jaidda, and Kenley; two siblings: Lorraine (Brad) Williams of Houston, MN, and John M. Severtson of LaCrosse, WI; her nieces Tanya (Jim) Nascak of Goodview, Kari (Rick) Horneck of Prosper, TX and Abbey Hammes of Holmen, WI; her mother-in-law Marian Evenson of Rushford, MN; and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law Carroll Evenson, two brothers: Roy Severtson and Baby Boy Severtson and her nephew John O. Severtson.

There will be a Celebration of Life service Sunday, December 2 at 5:30pm at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford with funeral celebrant, Vicki Nelson officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials directed to the Myositis Foundation. or to the American Legion Post 9 in Winona Minnesota in her memory.

Shelia Robinson on Dec 23, 2018

I knew her only briefly, but it was like a lifetime. I well miss her so much. Prayers the the whole family. Fly high my friend.

Evon Reese on Dec 23, 2018

RIP My friend. My deepest sympathy to the family

Judy Bearbower on Dec 8, 2018

Kenny so sorry for your loss!

Kieth and Lorraine Evenson on Dec 8, 2018

Kenny and family - We are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express how we feel. Just know we love you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers. A donation has been made to the myositis foundation. Kieth and Lorraine Evenson

Jennifer (Evenson) Oefstedahl on Dec 4, 2018

Kenny and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You will remain in our thoughts in prayers over the next few weeks. I'm sure the Holidays will be a very tough time....again, so sorry. A donation to the Myositis Foundation has been made on behalf of my family. Jen & Jason (Evenson) Oefstedahl

Mary Cumiskey on Dec 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Val was a very great lady. I met her through Veteran's Affair with my father Pat Cumiskey. He always thought the world of Val. She always gave him the time he needed and help getting through any questions he had. She also spent mush time helping me with things after his passing.She deserved so much more retirement time. She has been missed by many at Veterans Affairs and will be missed by all now. Thank you for sharing her.Bless you and your family at your time of loss

Karen Pruka on Dec 3, 2018

Kenny, so sorry for your loss! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Fred Green on Dec 3, 2018

My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved Valerie. Please be assured that God is aware of your pain and he cares. 2 Corinthians 1 : 3,4.

JoAnne Meldahl on Dec 2, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about Valerie! Kenny, you and your family have my sincere sympathies!

Karen Applen on Dec 2, 2018

On behalf of the Minnesota CVSO Assistants and Secretaries Association, I wish to express our deepest sympathies to your family. As Val’s counterpart in Olmsted County, I’m so sorry for your loss! I too have made my career helping veterans, and Winona County was very lucky to have Val for so many years. It was a privilege knowing her!

Mary Jane DeLauder on Dec 2, 2018

Oh Valerie, you left us way too soon. Your help, support and knowledge on the IBM Support page was SO helpful. I knew you were always watching out for those who had questions You documented your answers so I never worried that it wasn't current info. I had just asked to have you added as a moderator. I will miss you so much but I know you are now free of this disease unencumbered by walkers, wheelchairs and fear of falling.. I love you. Mary Jane DeLauder, FL(Myositis Support & Understanding)

Terry Schwanke on Dec 1, 2018

Valerie was the BEST Veterans Service Officer I ever had the privilege of working with. She was extremely well informed, provided exceptional service to us vets and willingly went the extra mile to assist us. Valerie knew how to word our claims so the VA would at least take them in consideration. Her ability to communicate with veterans and their families was extraordinary. She had my respect and has been greatly missed since her retirement! My deepest sympathy goes to her family. Terry Schwanke

Jerry Williams on Dec 1, 2018

CandleKenny, our thoughts and prayers are with you. My name is Jerry Williams and I am the founder and president of Myositis Support and Understanding ( We thought so highly of Valerie and are terribly shocked to hear of her passing. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you during this difficult time. I can be reached at [email protected]

[email protected] on Nov 30, 2018

Deepest Sympathy to the Evenson family!

Donna VanHeuklom on Nov 30, 2018

Deepest Sympathies to the Evenson and Severtson familes during this very difficult time. I have many wonderful memories of Valerie that I will cherish. She will be missed.

Jackson Family on Nov 30, 2018

We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
Isaiah 25:8

Gale and Clayton Bentson on Nov 30, 2018

Kenny, please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Keeping you in our prayers.

Greg & Deanna Johnson on Nov 30, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Valerie's family. Valerie and Greg were 1973 Classmates from Houston High School and Valerie and I worked 33 years with Valerie for Winona County. Valerie was dedicated to her Veterans and loved and was loved by all the Veterans she served. Her pride for her family was evident in every conversation we had. She has left lots of special memories to treasure for all of you.

Greg and Deanna Johnson

Denise Rostad on Nov 29, 2018

To Valerie's family, you have my deepest sympathy. Valerie was a classmate at HHS. I always enjoyed catching up with her at our reunions, and seeing the photos of her beloved grandchildren on her Facebook posts. Hoping you can be comforted by the knowledge of the love she had for you all.

Sandy Runningen on Nov 29, 2018

This is sad and stunning news. Valerie was our classmate and friend. We shared a love for family and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. Much love and prayers for all the family.
Sandy Runningen



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