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Evelyn May Pepple

Evelyn May Pepple

Sept. 15, 1918 - Aug. 9, 2014

Evelyn May Pepple, Fessenden, North Dakota, passed away at the St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, ND, on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Evelyn was born on the family farm near Tama, Iowa, on September 15, 1918. She was the eldest of the eight children of William and Irene (Peters) Dolezal. She was reared in the Tama area and graduated from high school there in 1937. Upon graduating, Evelyn moved to Los Angeles, California. Shortly after that her aunt Dorothy brought Evelyn to her home in Lodi, California. Evelyn then attended Ocean Pacific University in nearby Stockton, California, and worked while she was attending the university.

Evelyn met (George) Milton Pepple of Lodi, CA, while they were both attending Ocean Pacific University in Stockton, CA. They were united in marriage on April 14, 1939, in Reno, Nevada. Shortly thereafter they moved to the Pepple farmstead in West Norway Township near Fessenden, ND. Both Evelyn and Milton worked hard to make their farming operation very successful. Evelyn often reminisced about the cook car, and housing and feeding the work crews. She was well known for the delicious loaves of bread she baked nearly every day. In the mid 1950's Evelyn, Milton, and their children moved into Fessenden, ND. Milton commuted to the farm while Evelyn was a homemaker. In the 1970's and the 1980's they traveled around the U.S and Canada, often with grandchildren, and leased a casita in Mexico where Milton enjoyed hunting with his pals from California and Texas. Evelyn and Milton loved to collect semi-precious rocks and became very involved in lapidary as a hobby.

Milton passed away on August 7, 2000. In 2005, Evelyn entered the nursing home in Harvey, ND. In 2007, she moved to Heritage House, an assisted living center, in New Rockford, ND. After suffering a massive stroke in June of 2009, she moved into the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND. In August, 2010, Evelyn moved back to the nursing home in Harvey, ND, where she resided until she passed away.

Evelyn is survived by her son George William (Lois) Pepple, Ponca City, OK; daughter Gretchen Joy Pepple (Jon) Bertsch, Fessenden, ND; granddaughter Jessica Ann (Charles) Mason-Hill; four grandsons, Karl David (Dr. Kathryn) Pepple, Seattle, WA, Andrew Pepple Rice, Thompson, ND, Jonathan Allen Rice, Fargo, ND, and Benjamin Michael Bertsch, at home in Fessenden; sisters Madolyn Burton, Red Bluff, CA and Norma June Fulmer, Toledo, Iowa; brothers Billy Dolezal, Tucson, AZ, David (Corrine) Dolezal, Dallas, Iowa and Harold (Connie) Dolezal, Las Vegas, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, Bernice Dorothy Dolezal, her brother, Eugene Dolezal, formerly of Tama, Iowa, her beloved daughter, Ann Pepple, formerly of Duluth, MN, and her dear grandson, Chris Rice formerly of Santa Barbara, CA.

There will be a private funeral service on Saturday, August 16, at 2:00 pm, at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden, ND.

Burial will be in the Baptist Cemetery, West Norway Township, north of Fessenden, ND.

There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the memorial book Friday, August 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden, ND.

Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden, ND, is in charge of the arrangements.