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Evelyn Roen 05/09/2020

Evelyn Roen 05/09/2020

Evelyn (Evie) Roen passed away peacefully two days before her 92nd birthday on May 9, 2020 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls, WI. She was born on May 11th, 1928 to Max and Matilda Kiefer in El Paso, Wisconsin, was baptized and confirmed and married at St. Paul’s UCC in Ellsworth, WI, and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1947.
Because of their deep love for and dedication to each other, Evelyn and Arnold enjoyed 72 years of marriage. Their love and care for each other was a model not only for their family but for the community as to what commitment looks like. Together they always made all of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren a priority, from birthdays to activities to programs. Each year, Evie and Arnold hand-made gifts for each family member together.
Guided by her strong faith, Evie believed all would be well if you looked to the Lord for answers. Her dedication to her faith and Rush River Lutheran Church included many years serving on the Alter Guild and as church treasurer. This also contributed to her ability to see other’s needs and her greatest passion in life was doing whatever she could to help. Whether sharing what she had with family and friends or lending a hand to neighbors or even strangers, no one left her home empty-handed.
Evie believed in hard work. There was always a particular and correct way to do everything. As a young woman, her first job was working for the telephone company in Eau Claire, WI. After time away from work to raise her family, she took a job at The Town Shop, a women’s clothing store in River Falls. However, she was most proud of her position at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in the bookstore. For eleven years she helped students learn good work ethics and provided support as “campus grandma.” Throughout all of this, Evie worked alongside her husband on the family dairy farm and enjoyed cooking, cleaning, baking, gardening, sewing and picking berries.
Evie was incredibly proud of her husband’s service in World War II and was an active member of the River Falls American Legion Auxiliary Post 121. You were never to miss a Memorial Day service to honor all of the veterans. She and Arnold traveled around the country to many reunions of friends from the war, even hosting one at their home in 2000.
Traveling brought Evelyn so much joy. From camping with their long-time camping group to domestic and international trips, she always packed enough for everyone. With family and friends, they visited, Norway, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and places all across the continental US.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Max and Matilda Kiefer; brothers, Ralph (Dorinne), Howard, and Donald Kiefer; sister, Mazie (Dempsey) O’Connell; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Bev) Roen, Lloyd Torkelson, Edward Winger; sisters-in-law, Doris Roen, Doris (Glenn) Knutson; three infant sisters; three infant grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Fred Kennett. She is survived by her husband, Arnold Roen; Bonnie (Bob Haugerud) Kennett, Kathy (Bob) Swenson, LuAnn (Gary) Johnson, Karen (Barry) Danielson; her sister, Betty Winger; brothers-in-law, Harley Roen, Kenneth (Deanna) Roen; sisters-in-law, Marlys Torkelson, Audrey Kiefer, Bev Kiefer; 8 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A private family visitation and burial took place on Saturday, May 16th.  A public Celebration of Evie’s Life will be held at Rush River Lutheran Church at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • John Sutherland Posted May 11, 2020 8:47 pm

    God Bless her memory and we give thanks for restoration in the resurrection. God Bless, Pastor John

  • Roberta and David Kairis Posted May 12, 2020 1:08 am

    We are very saddened to hear of Evelyn’s passing.Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.Love and Hugs.She was a Beautiful soul

  • Joan Johnson Posted May 12, 2020 3:02 am

    Our sympathy Bonnie, I know it’s hard even though she is now in a better place. I will keep you and your Dad in my prayers

  • Mary Beutel Posted May 12, 2020 3:02 am

    Bonnie, sending love to you and your family with the loss of your Mom! Peace be with you and the family knowing she is heavens new angel.

  • Gregory Jordan Posted May 12, 2020 3:29 am

    Bonnie, Sorry to hear about your mom. prayers to you and your family.
    Greg and Diane

  • Ted & Elma Roen Posted May 12, 2020 3:44 am

    Many a journeys she went on, but this one is the greatest one of all. IN THE ARMS OF JESUS, GONE HOME TO HEAVEN.
    Dancing with the Angels.
    Our deepest, deepest, sympathy. Prayers of comfort from God to Arnold, their daughters, grandchildren, and all family and close friends.

  • Jim and Linda Rens Posted May 12, 2020 3:00 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Arnold and his whole family. Evie was a sweet lady and fun to visit with. God truly blessed your family with a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We know that the grandchildren we shared with her, deeply loved her. May God give you comfort and peace as you mourn her passing, yet rejoice that she is safe at home with Jesus. Love and prayers, Jim and Linda

  • Laura Bateman Posted May 12, 2020 3:56 pm

    Dearest Arnold, Bonnie and Family…hugs and prayers for the loss of such a wonderful reflection of Jesus love. You were so blessed to have her for so many years, preparing and helping you thru life. May her testimony live on in each and every one of her family members. As you look back to her life may you remember the joy & love she wanted you all to have in your lives…. Will be praying for you all at this hard loss to bear…Laura Bateman

  • Mary Roen Posted May 12, 2020 10:01 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the whole family, and especially Uncle Arnold. We look forward to her celebration of life.

  • Bob and Mary Raverty Posted May 17, 2020 4:32 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Nothing can prepare you for that. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of your grief.

  • Joan Lantz Posted May 19, 2020 1:33 am

    God Bless you at this time. The Lantz’s and Kiefer family we’re close friends when Eve was a young girl. Condolences to you all.

  • Duane Roen Posted June 4, 2020 8:19 pm

    l will miss Aunt Evie. She did so much for for so many people throughout her life. Condolences to Uncle Arnold, my cousins, and other members of the family

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