Evelyn M. Glanzer, 94, formerly of Kimball, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at White Healthcare Center in White.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kimball Protestant Parish in Kimball. Visitation is one hour prior to the service, starting at 1 p.m. Rude’s Funeral Home of Brookings is assisting the family with arrangements.
Evelyn Marie Richardson was born at home in Kimball on Dec. 15, 1918, to Clark and Eva (Kingery) Richardson.
Evelyn graduated from Kimball High School in 1938 and attended Dakota Wesleyan University, where she received her two-year teaching certificate.
From 1938 - 1944, she taught in rural one-room schools in Pleasant Grove and Plainfield and then in the Kimball grade school.
In the summer of 1944 she moved to Sacramento, Calif., and on Sept. 14 married her Kimball school classmate, Emmett Glanzer, who was serving in the Army. After the war, she and Emmett moved to Denver, where he attended Denver University Law School and she worked at Montgomery Ward. The couple returned to Kimball in 1948, where Emmett started his law practice.
Evelyn returned to her teaching career at Kimball grade school in 1958 and taught there for 26 years. During that time she also received her BA degree from Dakota Wesleyan University. A highlight of that graduation was receiving her diploma (and a kiss on the cheek) from then- President Don Messer, a long-time family friend.
In addition to her love for her students and teaching, Evelyn was active in the Kimball Methodist church, serving in many positions, including Sunday school superintendent, youth adviser, and the church organist for 50 years, playing for numerous weddings, funerals, and other events over the years. She was an avid baseball fan and loved to travel. During her travels she would visit many baseball stadiums and attend games.
In 1996, Evelyn began losing her eyesight and decided to move to Greenleaf Assisted Living in Brookings. She resided there until 2011, when she moved to the White Healthcare Center in White.
She is survived by her children, Jane (Ed Meyer) Glanzer-Meyer of Metuchen, N.J., and John (Michelle) Glanzer of Brookings; four grandchildren; a sister Doris (Richardson) Beebe of Boise, Idaho; sister-in-laws Ruby Glanzer of Kimball and Evelyn (Lynn) Glanzer of Dinuba, Calif.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Emmett Glanzer in 1987; an infant daughter, Nancy Ann; brother Harold Richardson and sister Eileen (Richardson) Soulek.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Evelyn’s name to the South Dakota Make A Wish Foundation http://www.southdakota.wish.org/ or South Dakota Make A Wish Foundation; 1400 West 17th St. Sioux Falls, 57104
Condolences may be sent to the family though www.rudesfuneralhome.com.