Evelyn Irene Chester, age 87, of Plainfield, Iowa, died Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Evelyn was born on September 21, 1931, on a farm south of Sumner, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Ganske) Nuss. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. As a child and teenager, Evelyn worked at Nuss Hatchery in Waverly, attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School in Waverly, and Waverly High School graduating in 1949. From 1949 to 1951, Evelyn worked at Lutheran Mutual Insurance in Waverly. In the fall of 1951, she went to Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in Cedar Falls, graduating in 1953. Evelyn then started her teaching career and taught Kindergarten at Sheffield Elementary (1953-1955), Washington Elementary in Charles City (1955-1956), and Plainfield Elementary (1956-1957). On June 17, 1956, Evelyn was united in marriage to George Chester at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. In 1957, Evelyn quit teaching full time to raise her family and help George farm, however, she would continue to substitute teach for the next 32 years. The couple retired in 2010.
Evelyn was a member of Plainfield, Iowa, United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and Plainfield American Legion Auxiliary. Evelyn’s greatest enjoyment was time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed fishing, cooking, quilting, and playing card games.
Evelyn’s memory is honored by: her husband, George of Plainfield, Iowa; son, Steven Chester of Aurora, Colorado; daughter, Ann (Timothy) Pross of Atlantic, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Chester of Shell Rock, Iowa; six grandchildren, Aleshia Bloker, Adam Chester, Ariel Chester, Ashley Chester, Ethan Pross, and Justin Chester; three great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Savannah, and Grayson Bloker; and a sister, Vivian (Vince) Curro of Adelaide, Australia. She was preceded in death by: her parents; son, Kevin Chester; and two brothers, Erwin and Norman Nuss.
Evelyn has been cremated and memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11, at the United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Iowa. Burial of her cremains will follow all services and lunch at Willow Lawn Cemetery in Plainfield. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 11, at Plainfield United Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be directed to Evelyn’s family for later designation and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with arrangements 319-352-1187.