Evelyn M. Bernahl (81) of Altamont


Published on May 31 2012 8:25 am

Evelyn M. Bernahl, 81, of Altamont, Illinois died at 6:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Rev. Dr. James Wright officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until service time. Memorials may be made to the Altamont Public Library or the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed by clicking here.

Evelyn was born June 23, 1930 in Garber, Oklahoma, the daughter of Herbert T. and Pearl Mae (Bean) Emery. She married Franklin N. Bernahl December 23, 1950. He preceded her in death in 1993. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont, Exxon Annuitants and a past member of United States Trotting Association.

She is survived by her son, Tom Bernahl of Altamont; daughters, Gayle (husband Larry) Pontious of Iola, Janette Smith of Altamont, Sarah (husband Roy) Finn of Altamont, Teresa (husband Brent) Ragsdale of St. Elmo; sisters-in-law, Jeri Emery of Grayville, Evelyn (husband Pete) Vitkus of Carmel, Ind.; brother-in-law, Robert Levi of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren, Torrence Smith, Trenton Smith, Christina Holzer, Vanessa Pontious, Johanna Bernahl, Whitney Patton, Tara Bernahl, Austin Finn, Jake Finn, Jamie Reihm and Kelli Bernahl and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Raymond "Buck" Emery; sisters, Margie Zumwalt and Gladys Levi.