Evelyn L. Dawson, age 99, of Bear Creek, was born on October 31, 1915 and passed away peacefully on December 21, 2014.
Evelyn Lenore (Kronberg) Dawson was born to Fred and Minnie (Herman) Kronberg on the family farm in Bear Creek, WI. She lived with her grandparents, Julius and Augusta Herman in Symco so she could attend Symco grade school where she graduated May 1929. Confirmed at St. Mark’s Ev. Luth. Church in Sheboygan, August 4, 1929. Her Dad allowed her to drive the car to Clintonville so she could attend high school there and graduated in May 1933. She attended Stevens Point College 1933 – 1937. From 1937 – 1938 she attended Miss Brown’s School in Milwaukee and lived in a boarding house at 33rd and Wisconsin Avenue where she made lifelong friends. In 1940, she took the El Capitan Train to Los Angeles with two friends. She worked as a hostess at Scully’s Restaurant in Hollywood. When her Herman Grandmother became ill, she returned home to care for her in Symco. Then back in Milwaukee she worked at Harnisch-feger Corp. During this time she met Charles Dawson. They met at a dance and had their first date at Washington Park Bandshell June 1942. During the war she worked at the Buick Plant in Chicago, inspecting airplanes and took a part-time job at Marshall Fields, downtown Chicago. On Sunday April 23, 1944 Evelyn and Charles were married at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bear Creek, WI. The reception was held at the family farm. A son, Frederick, was born in 1945. After the war they made their home in Milwaukee. A daughter, Cheryl, was born in 1948. They were members of Jerusalem Lutheran Church and School. Evelyn was involved with the Ladies Aid and Lutheran Child and Family Services. She and Charles managed to take a vacation every year of their married life, traveling to many of the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. When Charles retired from Wisconsin Telephone, they retired to the family farm in Bear Creek in 1976. They remodeled the farmhouse, became members of Trinity Lutheran Church, and Evelyn joined many organizations: Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Marble Homemakers Club, Clintonville Women’s Club, and Republican Women’s Club Waupaca County.
Evelyn is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles; son Frederick (Mary Ann) and daughter Cheryl of Milwaukee; grandson Matthew (Kristen) Dawson of Savannah, GA; granddaughter Annie (Jay) Willmon of Farmington, NM; great-grandchildren: Abigail, Katherine, and Charlie Dawson and Brooks and Chamonix Willmon. Evelyn was Godmother to Ardys Kronberg Kirscher of Manitowoc, Waunita Walker Radke of Manawa, and Debbie Miller Lillge of Appleton.
Funeral Services will be held 11a.m., Saturday, December 27th at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bear Creek with the Rev. Dr. Paul Alliet officiating. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery, Symco. Friends may call at the church from 10a.m. until the time of the service. Evelyn believed that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Bear Creek, or Evelyn’s family for a memorial to be established at a later date. The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory Clintonville is assisting the family with her arrangements. An online guestbook is available at eberhardtstevenson.com