Evelyn C. Bernard, 97, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, of natural causes at

her home.

Evelyn Cecelia Kunerth was born April 12, 1916, in Haverhill Township, to Henry and Clara (Eggler) Kunerth. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school in Salem Corners and Byron High School, and then worked on the family farm.

Evelyn was married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, to Arthur W. Bernard. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Chatfield, where they owned and operated a stockyard for a number of years. They then started Chatfield Implement and Truck Sales, which they operated for 35 years. In 1955, they bought the bus service in Chatfield and Bernard Bus Service continues today as a family run business.

The Bernard family moved to rural Chatfield in 1957 where they farmed and sold Black Angus cattle, raised their family and lived for many years. Evelyn was a farm wife and homemaker and did the bookkeeping for the family businesses.

Following their retirement, the couple moved to Wabasha in 1977. They enjoyed fishing together, and Evelyn volunteered at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Wabasha.

Mr. Bernard died in 1994 and Evelyn returned to Chatfield in 1995, where she continued to live in her own home.

She was a longtime member of Chatfield Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and served as secretary-treasurer. She was a member of one of the knitting and quilting groups that served various church missions. Evelyn was known for her exceptional knitting skills and enjoyed teaching others in Chatfield, including her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. She was always sharing knitted caps and scarves with family and many Chatfield residents and most recently was known for knitting and giving away her colorful striped socks!

She enjoyed gardening, fishing, going on the Bernard Bus casino trip twice a month and following Minnesota Vikings. Evelyn loved time spent with family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Mom was a kind, gentle, loving person to everyone - we miss her already."- Evelyn's Family.

Evelyn is survived by four children, Arleta Fenwick of Chatfield, Lois (Bill Small) Bernard of Milwaukee, Wis., Allen (Joyce) of Belle Plaine and Glen (Kaye) of Rushford; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and further survived by Lana Bernard and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, a son, Clifford, a son-in-law, Richard Fenwick, a granddaughter, Kimberly Bernard and two infant great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Burial was in the Chatfield Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. griffin-gray.com.