Evelyn B. Hoegger, 79, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Evelyn was born July 10, 1935, in Kingsford, Mich., daughter of Edward and Pauline (Straulin) Gunkel. She graduated from Sheboygan Central in 1954.

On Dec. 12, 1955, she married William Hoegger in Dubuque, Iowa.

Over the years Evelyn worked at H.C. Prange Co., Stardusk Outdoor Theater and Marcus Theater.

Evelyn was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls, where she was active in the Senior Choir, a confirmation leader with Lori Wilson and in St. Paul’s Friends.

Evelyn was a Camp Fire Girls leader for 40 years and was a lifetime member of the Sheboygan Theater. She was also active with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, AFS, Sheboygan Optimist Club and Sheboygan Hospice. The Sheboygan Falls Jaycees awarded Evelyn with Woman of the Year, for all of her hard work. Evelyn loved volunteering for many community organizations and singing in the church choir; it was extremely important and special to her to be able to praise God and to minister to others. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, shopping and was a die-hard Wisconsin Badger, Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan. Nothing was more important to her than being a wife, a mother, a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of 58 years, William; one son, Jeffrey (Julie) Hoegger of Woodruff, Wis.; one daughter, Jodine (Steve) Rodriguez of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her six grandchildren, Heidi (Daniel) Huszar, Mark (fiancée, Stephanie) Hoegger, Mallory (Thomas) Gonzales, Julie (fiancé, Austin) Hoegger, Kayla Konz and Samantha Konz; one great-grandson, Logan LeFors; one sister, Shirley (James) Lee; two sisters-in-law, Anita Knaub and Jane Busch; two brothersin law, Robert (Shirley) Hoegger and Norman (Karen) Hoegger; a very special friend and neighbor, Terri (Ron) Behlow; and their foreign exchange student, William Doggart of Bangor Northern Ireland. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Alfred (Mary) Gunkel; and two brothers-in-law, Lee Knaub and Elroy Busch.

A funeral service to celebrate Evelyn’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls with the Rev. Tom Gudmundson officiating. Burial will take place in Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may greet the family from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls and again on Wednesday at the CHURCH from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m.

A memorial fund has been established in Evelyn’s name for St. Paul’s Friends.

For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Evelyn’s family with arrangements.

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