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Evelyn M. Kirkpatrick

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Evelyn M. Kirkpatrick, 94, Woodstock, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Hearthstone Care Center in Woodstock, surrounded by her family.

She was born May 29, 1919, to George and Alma (Gundlach) Coombs, in Wauwatosa, Wis.

On Dec. 21, 1940, she married the Rev. Eustice Kirkpatrick in Dubuque, Iowa.

She graduated from Livingston (Wisconsin) High School as class valedictorian in 1937. She went on to graduate from the Platteville Teachers College in 1939 and began her teaching career in a one-room school in Walnut Grove, Wis. Following their marriage, she and her husband moved to the Woodstock area, where she was a substitute teacher and a preacher’s wife.

She also worked at Woodstock Auto Lite and a pharmaceutical company in Crystal Lake. She finally retired to Hearthstone Communities in 1990. 

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Johnson, Woodstock; a granddaughter, Dawn (Don) Ritter, Woodstock; and two grandchildren, Chase (fiancee Kara Jenkins) Ritter and Jaid Ritter, both of Woodstock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2007; a sister, Kathryn Berg; and a son-in-law, Robert Johnson.

Funeral and interment services were private, with a memorial service to be scheduled in the spring. Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home.

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