Evelyn Gannon, age 93, of Milbank, SD, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at St. William’s Care Center in Milbank.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Joseph Daoust will celebrate the Mass. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.
Evelyn Gannon was born in April of 1930, in Milbank. She was the daughter of Patrick and Mayme (Schultes) Gannon and the youngest of 11 children. Evelyn attended St. Lawrence Catholic School until the 7th grade when her family moved to Detroit. She graduated high school at a Catholic school in Detroit before joining the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Aberdeen, SD.
Evelyn continued her education at Northern State University and obtained her teaching certificate. She taught math at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls before attending the University of Notre Dame to obtain her master’s degree. Evelyn then continued teaching in Mound, MN and Willmar, MN. Upon returning to Aberdeen, she taught computer science.
Evelyn loved being with her family, telling stories, and playing cards. She once caught a record walleye that was featured in the paper. She really enjoyed her nieces and nephews and would play softball (in her habit) with them. She was the center of attention and you could hear her laughter anywhere in the house. One summer, she swam across Big Stone Lake and back at a family reunion. All were impressed.
After retiring, she returned to Milbank to live by her sister, Nellie Thompson. After Nellie passed away in 2004, she moved to Naples to live with her twin sisters, Jean Stengel and Joan Ewing. After they passed away, she moved to Sioux Falls to be close to her niece, Leigh Ann Bury. When it became difficult to live alone, and an opening at St. William Care Center became available, Evelyn moved back to Milbank.
Evelyn is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her very much.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and sisters.