A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ronald Dockendorf officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church in Grey Eagle.
Evelyn Susan Hess was born February 12, 1917 in Golva, North Dakota to Martin and Margaret (Pick) Hess. She was united in marriage to John B. “Ben” Wiechmann on December 31, 1940 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry, Minnesota. They moved to Freeport where Ben was an assistant butter maker. A short time later, they moved to Belle River where they operated the creamery for 23 years. Following their years at the creamery in Belle River, they moved to Clitherall where they owned and operated the Sportsmen’s Bar & Restaurant for nine years. They retired to a home on Little Bass Lake in Grey Eagle. Evelyn and Ben loved fishing, hunting ducks and pheasants, tending their large garden and canning vegetables. They were very successful at gardening and enjoyed sharing their vegetables with family and friends. Evelyn liked to crochet; she made hundreds of “Ring of Roses” doilies. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed quilting with the Mission Circle. Evelyn and Ben were very active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. They served as Eucharistic Ministers for 23 years. Evelyn and Ben decided to move to the Village View Apartments in Grey Eagle in 2002. Ben passed away on February 8, 2007. They had been happily married for over 66 years. In October of 2009, Evelyn moved from the Village View Apartments to Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose.
Survivors include her son, David Wiechmann of Hastings; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Doris Hess of Paynesville; and many other family and friends.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Margaret Hess; husband, John B. “Ben” Wiechmann; daughter, Margaret Ann Riesselman in March of 2002; son-in-law, Bernie Riesselman in September of 2011; brothers, Alfred and Elmer Hess; sister, Estella Meyer; and infant sister, Marie Hess.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.