Catherine Amelia Masuen was born Nov. 11, 1921, on the family farm west of Oyens, the daughter of Clem and Josephine (Fettes) Masuen. In February 1922, the family moved to an acreage east of Oyens for a couple of years and then in 1924, when Catherine was 3 years old, they moved to a farm near Alton. In March 1926, they moved to a farm near Pipestone, Minn., where her parents farmed for nine years. She attended school there from kindergarten through seventh grade.
In 1935 they moved back to the same farm west of Oyens. Catherine attended St. Catherine's Catholic School and graduated from the eighth grade. Following her schooling, she did domestic house work in the Oyens area.
She was united in marriage to Arnold Evans on Sept. 19, 1944, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. Early on, they lived with Myron and Margaret Evans for the first six months until they got a place of their own to rent. They farmed for many years near Oyens. Arnold died Jan. 13, 1978. Catherine continued to live on the farm for another 15 years with the help of her sons.
After 48 years on the farm, she moved to Le Mars in 1993. She now had time to take some classes and at the age of 74, she received her GED.
After moving to Le Mars, she was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and active in Christian Mothers. She liked to do volunteer work at the hospital, playing cards, embroidering, gardening, reading, quilting with the neighbors and her weekly coffee with the Oyens ladies. On June 13, 2011, she became a resident of Plymouth Manor in Le Mars.
Survivors include her children: Rosalie (Dale) Galles, of Marcus, Norbert (JoAnn) Evans, of Le Mars, Roger (Marvella) Evans, of Le Mars, Wayne (Debbie), of Granville, Ray Evans, of Alton, and John (Sue) Evans, of Remsen; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother: Vincent (Mary) Masuen, of Le Mars; her sisters-in-law: Lois Medill of Hardwick, Minn., Esther Evans of New London, Minn., and Shirley Evans of Ihlen, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arnold; two sisters: Marie (Joe) Heuertz and Zita Masuen; a brother, Eugene in infancy; and three half sisters: Margaret (Myron) Evans, Celeste (Roy) Smith, and Sylvia Bernice in infancy; her parents-in-law: William and Susan (Steines) Evans; her in-laws: Myron (Margaret) Evans, Harold (Margie) Evans, Gerald (Ruth) Evans, Virgil (Verla) Evans, Basel (Lillian, Esther) Evans, Vincent (Shirley) Evans, Clarence (Maxine) Evans, Agnes Brower (Felix LeBrun, Olie Lickness, Anno Brower), Renanilda (Vincent) Powers, Priscella (Bob) Johannsen, and Wayne Medill.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter will celebrate. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Oyens. Visitation with the family present will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a Christian Mothers Rosary at 4 p.m., and a Scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume one hour prior to Mass on Thursday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.