Evelyn Henriksen, 84, of Corning, Iowa, passed away Friday, June 18, 2021, at Vintage Park, Lenox, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the Corning St. Patrick Catholic Church with Fr. Lito Thomas, Celebrant, and Fr. Dan Siepker, Concelebrant. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Corning, Iowa. Open visitation will be 2:00 – 7:00 P.M., with family receiving friends 5:30 – 7:00 P.M., Monday, June 21, 2021 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Corning, Iowa. The Rosary will be said at 5:00 P.M. Memorials may be directed to the St. Patrick Catholic Church. Memories may be shared at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Evelyn Frances Henriksen, the daughter of Justin Andrew and Agnes Violet (Sharkey) Larsen, was born November 4, 1936 on her family farm in Cuppy’s Grove, Monroe Township, Shelby County, Iowa. She graduated from the Harlan High School, Harlan, Iowa with the class of 1956. She was united in marriage to Lyle Andrew Henriksen on June 16, 1956 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa. They would reside in Harlan for 1 and a half years until moving to Greenfield. They lived in rural Greenfield for 10 years until moving to the Corning area in March 1968. Three children were born to bless this union: Mary, Mark, and Marvin.
Evelyn started working for the National Farmer’s Organization as a secretary in 1968 and stayed with them until they moved their headquarters to Ames, Iowa. She then worked as a cook in the Corning Public Schools until her retirement in 2011.
Evelyn was known to be a wonderful cook and baker with stuffing, banana bread and cookies among her many specialties. She also enjoyed vegetable gardening. Evelyn was a religious woman whose faith was very important to her. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was a very caring and giving person who always helped others before herself. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish Evelyn’s memory is her loving husband of 65 years, Lyle, of Lenox, Iowa; her children: Mary (Brian) Kannas, Corning, Iowa; Mark Henriksen, Corning, Iowa; Marvin (T.J.) Henriksen, Corning, Iowa; five grandchildren: Justin (Melissa) Henriksen, Erin (Jay) Thomas, Michael (Brandie) Kannas, Cole and Chase Henriksen; two great-grandchildren: Natalie and Delaney; brother, Dale (Elizabeth) Larsen, Harlan, Iowa; sisters: Marlene Sondergaard, Harlan, Iowa; Mary Gardner, Olathe, Kansas; Juliene (Harold) Johnson, Harlan, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Evelyn in death were her parents; infant brother, Marvin Larsen; brother, Darrell (sister-in-law, Agnes) Larsen, brothers-in-law: Charles Gardner; Hoffman Sondergaard.