Evelyn Margaret Sinkler, 86, of Ord, formerly of Burwell, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ord Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Jeff Wulf officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel.
Evelyn was born March 16, 1924, in Ord to Earl and Eliza (Finley) Burson.
Survivors of the immediate family include three daughters and one son-in-law, Connie Piper of Burwell, Fern and Ron Paider of Aurora, and Cheryl Sinkler of Burwell; three sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Judy Sinkler of Lincoln, Darrel and Sandie Sinkler of Kilgore, and David and Sharon Sinkler of Lincoln; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ivan and Donna Burson of Central City and Wayne and Beverly Burson of Grand Island; two brothers-in-law, Orrin Krous of Harvard and Calvin Krous of Grand Junction, CO. Mrs. Sinkler is survived by ten grandchildren: Kevin Paider of Bromfield, CO; Kurt Sinkler of Pilger; Lester Piper and wife Leisa of Norfolk; Lisa Paider and husband Adam Dreilinger of Margate, FL; Stacia Quinn of Burwell; Adrian Sinkler of Seattle, WA; Jerad Quinn of Holdrege; Nathan Piper and wife Jana of Kearney; Margaret (Piper) Kucera and her husband Elijah of Kearney; and Renae Sinkler of Omaha.
Mrs. Sinkler is also survived by ten great-grandchildren: Geena, Ethan, Jozy, and Elly Piper of Norfolk; Ian and Brendan Piper of Kearney; Trenton, Heather, Anthony, and Aspen Sinkler of Pilger. She is also survived by one great-great-granddaughter, Kassidy Frenau of Stanton.
Evelyn attended rural school in Valley County. On January 18, 1945, she married Robert Sinkler at Greeley, NE. After Robert was discharged from the U.S. Army following his service in World War II, the couple farmed in Greeley and Sherman Counties before settling on a farm on Haskell Creek Road in Valley County. They lived there five years before moving in 1955 to Burwell, where Evelyn and her husband raised their children. Evelyn cooked a number of years at the Legion Club, at the Hotel, and at the Burwell Hospital. Along the way she earned a reputation as an excellent cook. Many people in the heyday of the Burwell Rodeo made a point to go to the Legion Club just for her steaks. She took pride in doing something extra to make a ladies’ afternoon Luncheon special at the Legion Club and in later years spent a great deal of her own time making homemade pies to take to the Plaza while she prepared meals there. After retiring from fulltime cooking, Evelyn became “Grandma Evelyn” to several children she babysat. Evelyn dedicated her lifetime first to her family and secondly to her work. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren.
Evelyn was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 298 and a long-time member of Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents, and a son-in-law, Lester Piper. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Burson and LeRoy Burson, and two sisters Edwinna Krous and Ima Jean Krous.
Memorials are suggested to the Lester Piper Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Burwell Community Fund, Burwell, NE.