Evelyn E. Gruenenfelder

Evelyn E. Gruenenfelder, age 95, of Highland, passed away Sunday, June 14, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services for 95 year-old Evelyn E. Gruenenfelder will be Thursday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the Saint Paul School Educational Foundation.

She was born December 24, 1919, in Highland, IL, the daughter of Adolph “Otto” and Mary A. (nee Walter) Weidner.

On June 02, 1948, she married Clifford J. “Crip” Gruenenfelder who passed away on July 02, 2014.

She was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. She was also a member of Former St. Anne Altar Society Honorary Member; VFW Auxiliary; American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Gruenenfelder was born and reared in Highland, IL and graduated from St. Paul High School. After school, she was a domestic engineer for several prominent families in Highland. She had also worked at Moulton Bartley Shoe Factory, Highland Supply Corp, St. Joseph Hospital, and operated a taxi service business with her husband in Highland in the 1950s. In 1984, they moved to Zschokke St. prior to have lived at 700 8th Street in Highland. Before retiring, she worked at Schroeder Cheese Shop in Highland. Evelyn was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching classic movies. As a young lady, she loved to ride her bike for both transportation and enjoyment. She also enjoyed dancing with her husband and tending to her flower garden.

Survivors include:
Son – Kevin G. (Debbria S., nee Garland) Gruenenfelder, Highland, IL
Granddaughter – Regina R. Ripperda, Highland, IL
Granddaughter In-law – Wendy M. Gruenenfelder, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Courtney M. Gruenenfelder, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Gage D. Gruenenfelder, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Kelsey L. Gruenenfelder, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Keely S. Gruenenfelder, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Brianna R. Ripperda, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Isaiah R. Moore, Highland, IL
Sister In-law – Mildred O. Weidner, Highland, IL
Sister In-law – Florence L. Weidner, Highland, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Husband – Clifford J. “Crip” Gruenenfelder (died 7/2/2014)
Father – Adolph “Otto” Weidner died 11/30/1970
Mother – Mary A. Weidner nee Walter died 11/23/1989
Grandson – Corey J. Gruenenfelder (died 8/28/2012)
Brother – Cletus E. Weidner (died 11/30/1997)
Sister – Alberta M. Stueber (died 6/29/1996)
Brother In-law – Melvin Stueber (died 4/25/1994)
Sister – Grace Rieke (died 1/17/1990)
Brother In-law – Neil Rieke (died 12/2/1984)
Brother – Walter Weidner (died 9/6/1990)
Sister In-law – Evelyn Weidner
Sister In-law – Phyllis Weidner
Brother – Raymond O. Weidner (died 7/30/1991)

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249
618-654-2133

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