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Evelyn Kjono

June 21, 1921-May 13, 2009

Evelyn V. Kjono, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Evelyn Viola Hovland was born to Arthur S. and Milla (Watterud) Hovland on June 12, 1921 at Rothsay, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at South Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Rothsay.

Evelyn married Calmer Kjono on Aug. 15, 1937 near Rothsay. They farmed at Rothsay for 13 years before moving to Pelican Rapids in 1950. Evelyn had worked at Simpson and Rybeck Bakery and a short time at the Recreation Center, then at Swan's Drug for 17 years. She then moved to Detroit Lakes, and was employed at Swift's for 17 years before retiring. Evelyn and Calmer divorced in 1964.

Evelyn belonged to the VFW Auxiliary and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and working puzzles with her friends at the Silver Birch Apartments in Detroit Lakes.

Surviving Evelyn are two daughters, Dorothy (Allen) Waasdorp of Pelican Rapids and Ruby (Robert) Woodland of Festus, Mo.; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and a sister, Ardis Brenk of Frazee.

Preceding her in death were one brother, Sander; one sister, Lyla Jorgenson; two brothers-in-law, Jerold Brenk and Morgen Jorgenson; and a very special companion, Earl Bull.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes there will be a VFW Auxiliary service and Prayer Service at 5 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, May 18 at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Eric Lemonholm officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guestbook is available at