September 28, 2021
MERCER, Wis. - Clemetta Evenson, age 101, of Mercer, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at her home.
Clemetta was born on June 18, 1920, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Peter and Rose (Roeder) Spanier.
Clemetta received her nursing diploma from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Chicago in 1941. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in February of 1942 and was stationed at Scott Field, in East St. Louis, Illinois. Clemetta met and married Capt. Warren Evenson, of Mercer, on March 13, 1943, while at Scott Field. He preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1993.
Clemetta graduated in the third class of the Army Air Evacuation Training Program at Bowman Field, Kentucky, in January of 1944. She then served as a 1st lieutenant in the European Theater as a flight nurse until September of 1945. She received an honorable discharge from the United States Army on Oct. 4, 1945.
Clemetta received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois - Springfield in 1972, and later a master's degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1977. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, a life member of Mercer VFW Post 9536, a member of the Mercer Historical Society and Friends of the Mercer Library.
Clemetta held many positions in nursing during her life. She was a nursing instructor at the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois. She employed as inservice director at Howard Young Hospital, in Woodruff, from 1972 until 1980. Clemetta was also a nursing instructor at North Central Technical College and later became director of the associate degree nursing program at Nicolet College until her retirement in 1997. She served as a nursing clinical examiner with Excelsior College's external degree program until 2007. The family summered in Mercer from 1945 onward and moved to Mercer in 1972, when Warren accepted a position as administrator of the Mercer School.
Surviving are two sons, Paul (Karen) of Newark, Del., and Alan of Mercer; three grandchildren, Mark (Simone Bossert), of Vienna, Austria, Catherine Kebrich, of Towson, Maryland, and Elizabeth of Washington, D.C .; and a great granddaughter, Daisy Ella Evenson, of Vienna, Austria.
Out of respect for her wishes, cremation has taken place.
A celebration of life service at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church and funeral services will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Friends of Mercer Public Library, Mercer Area Historical Society or the VFW would be appreciated. Bolger Cremation & Funeral Services of Woodruff is handling the arrangements, bolgerfuneral.com.