Evelyn P. Runge

NEVADA, Iowa – Evelyn P. Runge, 90, of Nevada, Iowa, formerly of Grundy Center, Iowa, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Story County Medical Senior Care in Nevada, Iowa. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday July 31, 2014, at the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home, Grundy Center, Iowa, with visitation held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow the memorial service in Rose Hill Cemetery, Grundy Center.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com

Evelyn Pauline was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Fairmont, Minn., the daughter of Ewald and Millie (Fritz) Tietje. On May 19, 1945, Evelyn was united in marriage to Ronald Runge in Sioux Falls, S.D. To this union, six children were born. Evelyn retired from Norwesco in Grundy Center in 1988. She continued to reside in Grundy Center until 2012 when she moved to Nevada. Evelyn’s main source of happiness and pride was her family. Family gatherings and holidays brought her great joy. She could share many good stories about babysitting her grandchildren. Over the years, she and Ronald earned the title of “adopted parents” to many of their children’s friends who found their way into their welcoming home. Evelyn was a longtime member of American Lutheran Church in Grundy Center and attended Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada.

Left to cherish her memory are: Mary Ann (James) McIntire of Nevada, Iowa, Steve (Darla) Runge of Sherburn, Minn., Susan Banks of Nevada, and Randy (Lori) Runge of Grundy Center; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Vernon Tietje of Fairmont, Minn., Marlin Tietje of Ellensburg, Wash., Eldon Tietje of Auburn, Wash., and Lowell Tietje of Council, Idaho; many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Ron, in 2002; sons, Dennis in 2006, Gary in 2012; and a granddaughter, Kristi Ann Banks.