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Evelyn Katherine Wendorff Lambert

January 16, 1929 May 17, 2016
Evelyn Katherine Wendorff Lambert
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Obituary for Evelyn Katherine Wendorff Lambert

Worthington, MN
Evelyn Wendorff Lambert, age 87, was born on January 16, 1929, in Brewster, MN, the daughter of Adolf and Laura (Manken) Moja. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster in 1929 and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Okabena in 1943. Evelyn attended Kinbrae Public School for grades 1-5 and Okabena High School for grades 6-12. She graduated salutatorian on May 29, 1947.
While in school she worked for 6 years at the grocery store in Okabena and 4 ½ years for Gentry’s Red and White Store. She also did some work for First State Bank of Okabena from 1947-1948 and secretarial work for Supt. Mr. Schaffer in the Okabena school system.
On November 18, 1947, Evelyn married Leonard Wendorff in Garvin, MN. They moved to the family farm in Kinbrae in February of 1949. They were blessed with three children, Rick, Robin, and Ron. She worked 9 years as secretary for Consolidated Coop – Dundee branch. The family worshiped at First Lutheran Church in Dundee. In 1976, Leonard and Evelyn divorced.
Evelyn married Clair Lambert and worked for Lambert Cleaning Service for 19 years until Clair’s death in 1996. Evelyn was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Worthington, where she worked on many committees. She was active in Beginning Experience, Singles, Married Singles, Nobles County Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Women’s Health, Red Hats, Compassionate Care Hospice Volunteer, Loyal Knight and Chaplain for Worthington Elks Lodge, and Okabena Legion Auxiliary. Evelyn enjoyed Lutheran’s in Leather Cycle Club that Clair and Pastor Bob Knutson organized. In 2006, Evelyn and Ray Kruse were Grand Marshalls at the Okabena 4th of July celebration.
Evelyn’s greatest enjoyment was sports that her children and grandchildren were active in and following what sports her son Ron coached. She loved motorcycling and snowmobiling with Clair. Her Canada visits and traveling the USA was a great experience. In 2015, she was certified Sweetheart of First Lutheran, which she considered quite an honor. Evelyn died on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Lakes Regional Health Care Center in Spirit Lake, IA.
Evelyn is survived by daughter Robin (Dave) Stoyke - grandson Trenton; son Ron (Ann) Wendorff – grandson Mitch (Tehani) Wendorff and great grandson Lincoln and granddaughter Megan Wendorff; daughter-in-law Becky (Larry) Clark; step grandchildren Dan (Elizabeth) Lambert – Elizabeth’s sons John and Nick and Jerry Lambert – his son Scott; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Jerry) Roberts and Phyllis Lambert, and nephews, nieces, and cousins. She is also survived by whom she considered to be like family, Kim Lambert, Todd, Kathy, and Ethan Gilomen, and the Jason Fisher family. Also special and always there for her were, Sara, Richard, Gladys, Nancy, Diana, Arlene, Rita, and Bob.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Karla Kirkeby officiating. Evelyn’s grandchildren Mitch, Trenton, Megan, Nicki, Dan, and Jerry will serve as casket bearers. Honorary bearers will be Tom Woods, Todd Gilomen, Robert Knutson, Richard Ricker, and Kevin Donovan. Burial will be held in the Hersey Cemetery near Brewster, MN.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Nobles County Relay for Life.

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