Evenelle Juenke

October 4, 2018

obit juenke Scanned Doument_20181001_104938_0001Jan. 10, 1926 – Sept. 11, 2018

Evenelle Oriska Juenke was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Hendricks to Oscar and Emma Erickson, joining brother Orlan and later welcoming sister Alice. Her father owned Erickson’s Furniture Store/Funeral Home in Hendricks. They lived in town and she had many happy times growing up, including picnics down by the lake and summer days swimming in Lake Hendricks.
In high school, she was in pep band and girls cho­rus, and on the annual and paper staff. She was Class Valedictorian. After at­tending one semester at Augsburg College in Min­neapolis, she returned to Hendricks and worked for her father in the furniture store, for her brother in his bakery, and as a secretary at Hendricks High School. There she met the love of her life, Carrol Juenke. They were married Aug. 2, 1949 and drove to Seattle, Washington on their hon­eymoon to live. They lived in various cities in Wash­ington all their married life. They raised three chil­dren— Catherine, Melinda and Eric.
After Carrol retired from Gai’s Bakery, they started a business, Premiere Video, which they owned and operated for ten years. In retirement they bought a motor home and traveled to different places, includ­ing snowbirding in Arizona and many wonderful trips with family and friends to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and Europe.
She had such energy and a zest for living. She en­joyed hosting parties, get-togethers and picnics. Mu­sic was always a big part of her life and she sang and played the organ beauti­fully. She was a member of Eastgate Congregational Church for many years and sang in the church choir. She had an unshakable and positive faith.
Evenelle cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she was al­ways there for her family and taught them uncondi­tional love and kindness. She was a devoted wife to Carrol. In her eighties, as his health was declining and he had to have kid­ney dialysis, she learned how to do daily dialysis at home. He passed away May 21, 2011.
Her health had been de­clining the last few years, so her daughters took her on a road trip to Minnesota last July. She had a wonder­ful time seeing relatives, reminiscing and splashing her feet in Lake Hendricks. Two days after they re­turned home to Washing­ton, she fell and broke her hip and her health quickly deteriorated. She passed away peacefully in Port Townsend, Washington on Sept. 11— a life truly well lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister, and her husband.
She is survived and much loved by her chil­dren— Cathy (Tim) Takay­ohi, Melinda LaPlant and Eric (Kirsten) Juenke; her grandchildren—Michael (Sarah) Takayoshi, Amy Takayoshi, Christian and Taylor Juenke; her great-grandchildren—Norah, Henry and Tess Takayoshi; her brother-in-law Burt Pederson; her sister-in-law Barbara (Archie) Lovre; her brother-in-law Allen Dumke; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life ser­vice will be held at Eastgate Congregational Church on Jan. 4, 2019.
Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Re­search Hospital or the charity of your choice.