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Evelyn M. Hovey


IRONWOOD, Mich. — Evelyn M. Hovey, 88, of Ironwood, died Friday, May 24, 2013, at Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation and Assisted Living Community in Ironwood.

The former Evelyn Holst was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Oscar and Ida (Berg) Holst, attended A.L. Norrie Grade School, and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1942.

She was employed as a dispatcher/clerk for the Alaska Steamship Co. in Seward, Alaska, in the early 1950s, then returned to Ironwood, where she worked as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. for several years. She retired as assistant store manager at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in downtown Ironwood after 25 years of service in 1983.

Evelyn was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood and a former member of Aurora Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening and the outdoors.

On Dec. 24, 1949, she was married to Sid Hovey in Bessemer. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2010.

Surviving are two sons, Kurt, Bergland, and Randy (Kerri), Wakefield; a grandson, Ryan (Jennifer), Sherman Oaks, Calif .; three great-grandsons, Andrew, Ethan and Blake; a brother, Bill (Jean) Holst, Ironwood Township; four sisters, Doris Hild, Enumclaw, Wash., and Shirley Martini, Marilyn (Florian) Partyka, and Nancy (Bob) Sertic, all of Ironwood Township; a sister-in-law, Corrine Holst, Ironwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Deane Holst; and sister, Eileen Sanders.

Per Evelyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, where condolences may be given online at


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