THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Evalene G. Kalous
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Evalene G. (Recker) Kalous, 99, of Gillett, passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 2019 at the Woodlands of Gillett.
Born Dec. 9, 1919 in Thurmont, Md., to Charles and Bessie (Wastler) Recker, as a small child, she moved with her family to Iowa where she attended public schools and graduated from Yale High School in 1939.
On June 3, 1939, she married Muryl Kalous in Perry, Ia., where they lived for a short time before moving to Montana. In 1948, they moved to the Gillett area where they raised four children. She cooked at the Underhill Elementary School and later worked in the custodial department at Gillett High School until retiring in 1982.
A member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett, she was active in the mission quilting group, making 769 quilts in eight years. She belonged to the Gillett VFW Auxiliary and the Underhill Homemakers.
Her husband did woodworking and together they enjoyed attending craft shows where they could display his work. Music was a big part of her life and she was a founding member and sang in the praise band, Thurmont Ridge, named in honor of where she was born.
Survivors include four children, Ron (Kathy) Kalous, Suring, David (Kathy) Kalous, Lakewood and Sharon Raatz and Nancy (Mike) Stark, both of Gillett; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Betty (Robert) Carper and Irene Winters, both of Boone, Ia.; a brother-in-law, Duane Bandy and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Muryl in 2005; an infant son, Thomas; a sister, Audrey Bandy and a son-in-law, Mel Raatz on Jan.18, 2019.
Visitation was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 p.m.until time of the funeral services at 3 p.m. Pastor Kent Wallace officiated with burial in Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Hintz.