Evelyn R. TegelerEvelyn Rose Tonn Tegeler was born on April 25, 1926, to Paul and Emma (Wenthe) Tonn, Sr. in Buchanan County, Iowa. She was baptized in the Christian faith and spent her girlhood on the family farm. She graduated from Independence High School in 1943 and her class motto became one of her life’s mantras: “This above all, to thine own self be true.”
After her graduation from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Evelyn was employed at KWWL Television and Rath, Inc. in Waterloo, Iowa, as an Administrative Assistant. She was the pitcher for the fast pitch women’s softball team, the Rathettes.