October 15, 1923 – Sunday, January 22, 2012
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo,
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
AT THE CHURCH
Friday, January 27th, 2012
Evelyn (Evie) Dorothy Sophia Holland, 88 of Buffalo MN passed from this life into the arms of the Lord in whom she trusted on Sunday January 22, 2012 at Allina Hospital, Buffalo MN.
Visitation will be held in the Family Life Center at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN on Friday January 27, 2012 between 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm with a prayer service to start at 7:30 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday January 28, 2012 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm in the Family Life Center at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Committal Service and interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo MN following the funeral service. Pastors James Disney and Roger Klemz will be conducting the memorial services for Evie. The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo MN is serving the family.
Evie was born at Eitel Hospital, Minneapolis, MN October 15, 1923 to Carl and Ruby (Lindstrom) Gunnerson. She and the family lived in Minneapolis until about 1926, and then Johnsville, MN until 1933 when they moved to Annandale MN.
Evie attended the Peterson School at Johnsville and Gunnery Public School at Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School in 1941. Evie attended Swedish Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1945.
After graduating from nursing school, Evie joined the Army Nurse Corps at the request of her father Carl, who had fought during WWI and knew how important nurses were to the wounded soldiers. She served as a 2LT from April 1945 to September 1946. She was stationed at Fort Carson, CO and O’Reilley Army Hospital in Springfield, MO.
Evie married Howard W. Holland on October 8, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. She and Howard farmed in Buffalo (1948 to 1951) and French Lake, MN (1951-1956) before they purchased the farm in Buffalo where she has lived until her death. They were blessed with 48 years together before Howard’s death in 1996.
Evie worked at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis prior to her marriage to Howard Holland and later, Catlin Hospital and Buffalo Memorial Hospital between 1946 and 1972. Evie worked as a school nurse for the Buffalo Public School District 877 from 1972 to 1990.
Evie was active at St. John’s Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school for more than 50 years and served on many committees and projects including Health Cabinet, Project Compassion, Mary Circle, LWML and MCCL to name a few.
Evie was honored to be Buffalo’s Most Honored Citizen in 1996 and a runner-up for Wright County Most Honored Citizen in 2003. Governor Rudy Perpich declared October 24, 1989 as “Evelyn Holland Day” in Minnesota for her work as the school nurse for the Buffalo School District 877 providing nursing care for several schools and more than 4,000 children and staff during her tenure of 17 years. Evie and Howard served as volunteers for the Buffalo High School All-night Graduation parties for several years.
The School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM) recognized Evie for her outstanding contributions to school nursing and long-term support of children’s health at the SNOM Annual Conference on November 2, 2007.
During her retirement, Evie continued to be involved in supporting children’s health by participating in school programs including Teen Parenting (TAPP), and community programs including Buffalo Prolife, Wright County MADD and the Wright County Child Abuse Task Force. She was active in the local Lioness/Lions Club and American Legion with Howard as well as after his death. Evie was a member of the Mile Square Neighborhood club since 1956 as well as a member of the Buffalo Unit of Farm Bureau.
Evie loved to dance, fly planes, and ride motorcycles with Howard and was an avid traveler with her family traveling throughout the USA, Canada, the Bahamas, Sweden, Norway, England and Holland. She especially loved to visit Kauai, Hawaii with Chrys and Jason.
Evie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, God-mother, and dear friend, to countless neighbors and friends. She was very proud to be the second of four consecutive generations to serve in the U.S. Army that started with her father Carl, a runner in WWI and has continued with her son Rodney Holland, who retired as a Lt. Col., in 2011 and her grandson Jason who is currently serving in Kuwait.
Evie was committed to her faith and never missed the opportunity to witness her love for Jesus in the way she lived her life whether it be to a stranger seated next to her on a plane or within her own family and friends.
Evie is survived by her daughters ChrysMarie Suby of Edina MN, Jolie Holland of Buffalo MN, and son Rodney Holland (Lora) of Bloomington MN. Her legacy continues with her grandchildren: Jason Suby, John and Ben Holland, Jessica Ruth, Sirena and Raquel Powell; nieces, nephews and god-children.
Evie was preceded in death by: her parents, Carl and Ruby (Lindstrom) Gunnerson of Annandale, MN, her husband Howard W. Holland, (1996), twin children who died at birth (1951), granddaughter Johanna Holland (2005), brother Rodney Gunnerson (2005) and his wife Eleanor (2011) of Cokato, MN, her sister Ethelyn Schultz (2006) and her husband Louis (1998) of Annandale, MN.
Evie Holland will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Donations in memory of Evelyn Holland, should be made directly to the following organization of your choice: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Focus on the Family, Billy Graham Ministries, Buffalo American Legion, Buffalo Lioness Club, Buffalo ProLife, Buffalo Teenage Pregnancy Program (TAPP), and Wight County MADD.