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Evelyn H. Melcher - Brookings: April 20, 1918 - Nov. 10, 2012

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2012

Evelyn H. Melcher, 94, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Brookings Health System.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rude's Funeral Home in Brookings. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rude's Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials may be directed to Brookview Manor Activities in Brookings.

Evelyn Helen Osterberg was born on April 20, 1918, in Brandt, the daughter of Axel L. and Agnes (Hendrickson) Osterberg. Evelyn attended grade school in Bruce and Estelline, before she and her family moved to Brookings. She worked for many years as a cook at Sawnee Hotel, Bates Hotel, Tastee Shoppe and the College Campus Cafe . She was a very hard worker and she enjoyed "people."

At the age of 20, she married Milo Nelson in 1939 and they divorced in 1948. Together they had a daughter, who died at birth and a son Jerry A. Nelson.

She married James (Swede) Melcher in 1960. They enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing cards and many other activities.

They especially enjoyed camping with grandchildren which left her entire family with many special memories. In 2005, she entered Brookview Manor in Brookings. She enjoyed visiting with the residents , nurses and everyone around. She very much enjoyed the activities, such as bingo and arts and crafts and helping, where ever help was needed.

She was always busy as she did not like to sit still for too long.

She will be missed greatly, as she was a very special lady, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother , aunt and cousin.

She is survived by her son, Jerry A. (Marilyn) Nelson of Sioux Falls; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Milo Nelson and James Melcher; an infant daughter , Marlys Ann; a sister, Esther Olson-Weelander , and three brothers, Harry Osterberg, Elmer Osterberg and Walter Osterberg.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.

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