Evelyn Buzzell, age 89, of Isanti died June 8, 2009 at The Villages of North Branch. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13th at Cambridge United Methodist Church with Rev. John Roberts officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 12th at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel. Interment will be in Isanti Union Cemetery.
Evelyn Ethel Buzzell was born June 26, 1919 in Reeseville, Wisconsin to John and Lydia Strobel. She was raised on a farm near Reeseville. Her father died when she was approximately ten years old leaving the farm operation to her mother and the children. On January 26, 1946 she married Dewey Buzzell and they made their home on the Strobel farm in Reeseville. In 1950 they moved to Rio, WI and a year later moved to Horicon, WI. In 1989 they moved to Isanti, MN where they lived until they needed additional health care.
Evelyn was a homemaker, and worked hard supplementing the family income by working at Stokely Canning Factory in Horicon during the summer months. When the children were older, going to school full time, she worked during the day as a nurse’s aide at the nursing home in Juneau, WI and in the evenings she created appetizers for the Pyramid Supper Club.
Growing up Evelyn was a tom-boy, enjoying baseball with her four brothers and neighbors. Evelyn enjoyed cooking and gardening. Her dinners and creative desserts were second to none. Her youngest brother, Clarence (Hans), liked to tease her and often said before she was married she could not boil water without burning it. Evelyn and Dewey had a huge garden, growing potatoes, strawberries and raspberries which they sold. Evelyn was especially proud of her big, beautiful roses on the east side of the house and of the apple, cherry and pear trees.
Evelyn and Dewey enjoyed traveling in their retirement years. They visited many of the states, including Hawaii, and traveled to many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, the city of Hong Kong, Africa and many of the European countries.
Evelyn E. Buzzell died June 8, 2009 at The Villages of North Branch at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 12 days. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dewey; and four brothers, Herbert, Leslie, John and Clarence (Hans).
Evelyn is survived by one son, Dale Buzzell and his wife Lynda of Isanti, MN; two daughters, Nancy Erickson of Wyoming, MN and Mary Roberts and her husband Kenneth of Middleburg, FL; six grandchildren, Robert Buzzell of Isanti, MN, Tracy Striebel and Husband Drew of Hastings, MN, Kenneth, Patricia, Paul and William Roberts of Middleburg, FL; and many other relatives and friends.