Evelyn Egner


Evelyn Egner, 83, formerly of Columbia City and Nappanee, passed away at 9:06 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at the Franklin United Methodist Community.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1932, in Whitley County, the daughter of Jesse Braddock and Laura (Pheister) Braddock.

Evelyn attended Columbia City High School. On Sept. 6, 1950, she married Forrest Egner.

Evelyn had been a homemaker but also worked at Eastman Kodak in Georgia, and Chamberlain Products, as a telephone operator, and at the Klondyke Ice Cream Shop, both in Columbia City.

Evelyn moved in August 1975 to New Whiteland, and she tutored for 10 years at Break-O-Day Elementary School. She also worked at Franklin Meadows Nursing Home for nine years.

In 2010, she lived in Nappanee and attended Living Gospel Church.

“She loved her children and was delighted when her grandchildren came into her life.”

She recently returned to Franklin to be closer to her family.

Survivors include her son, Bradford Egner of Greenwood; daughter, Robin (Ben) Burgdoefer of Franklin; sisters, Phyllis Bowsman, Betty Dear, Dean Bowman, Sharon Rucker, all of Columbia City, and Judy Fisher of Millersburg; brother-in-law, Glenn Western of Columbia City; grandchildren, Katie (Erik) Culver, Kourtney (David) Taylor, and Christopher, Kathy, Kristen and Korrine Burgdoefer; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forrest Egner, on July 28, 1996; sisters, Bonnie Egner and Frances Western; and six brothers-in-law.

Her service will be at noon Wednesday at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Stough Cemetery in rural Columbia City.

Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Egner’s memory to her family.

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