Evelyn H. Brecht, age 98 of Marengo and Norway, Iowa, died Sunday February 16, 2014 at her home. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday February 22, 2014, at the Norway United Methodist Church, Norway, Iowa with Pastor Rose Marie Calderon Khan officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick and St. Paul Cemetery, Watkins. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Norway United Methodist Church in Norway. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four children, Carol Hooper of Grants Pass, OR, Donna Divishek (Jon) of Solon, Jim Brecht (Linda) of Marengo, and Dennis Brecht of Marengo; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Herb Snell, Jack Snell and MaryLou Selzer, three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Snell and Shirley Snell, and Lorraine Snell, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and three sisters, her husband Melvin “Red” Brecht, and a daughter in infancy.
Evelyn Hattie Snell Svoboda Brecht was born in rural Fairfax, Iowa on September 25, 1915, the daughter of Charles and Mary Vanous Snell. She was one of 13 children that grew up on the farm in rural Fairfax. She graduated from Walford Consolidated School in 1935. Her first wedding was April 8, 1942, when she married Frances “Frank” Svoboda. He sailed to Italy in September 1942 and was killed in action on January 15, 1944. Evelyn moved to Cedar Rapids and began working at Colonial Baking Company until she married Melvin “Red” Brecht. They were married April 26, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Rectory in Watkins, Iowa. They were blessed with five children. Evelyn and Melvin farmed the family century farm until Melvin’s death on August 22, 1974, at which time their two sons, Jim and Dennis took over the farming operations.
Evelyn enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, reading, quilting and working on the family genealogy. She was an active member of the Norway Methodist Church. She enjoyed being with her family and attending all the family reunions and events during her lifetime. She will be remembered as a strong and active woman and will be missed by her family and friends.