Evelyn Pauline Gerlach was born August 19, 1922, at Stickney, SD, to Albert and Gladys (Younie) Moller. She was baptized at the Mount Carmel Church rural Mount Vernon. She attended school in Aurora County, graduated from Stickney High in 1940 and then graduated from the Notre Dame Academy in Mitchell. Evelyn taught school in rural Stickney and lived with the Fred Bruinsma family during her teaching years. On May 12, 1943, she married Lorenz Gerlach at her parent’s home. She was confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Dimock. The couple lived and farmed east of Corsica until retiring in 1980 and moved to Mitchell. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell and the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Dimock.
Evelyn is survived by a son, Dwight (Sherry) Gerlach of Corsica, two daughters, Maryjane Buzay of Ramsey, MN, Marilyn (Lyle) Reimnitz of Mount Vernon, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters, Marylouise Weiland of Mitchell, Phyllis Wieczorek of Corsica and two sisters-in-law, Lois Moller of Mitchell and Wilma (Ray) Bogenhagen of Dell Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorenz, a daughter Ladonna, two grandsons, Brian and Patrick, one son-in-law, Paul Buzay, her parents and her brother, Gilbert Moller.