Evelyn Wilke, 94, of the Town of Sevastopol, died peacefully early Saturday morning, October 26, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.
She was born Madonna Evelyn Haberlie on June 28, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of George August Haberlie and Emma (Brauer) Haberlie. Evelyn grew up attending St. Joseph Parish and Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Raymond “Bud” Joseph Bongle on May 16, 1945 at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she remained a lifelong member. They were blessed with over 18 years of marriage. Bud died suddenly on May 31, 1963. Evelyn married Harold August Wilke on December 15, 1965 in Sturgeon Bay, and they shared over 29 years of marriage together. Harold passed away March 20, 1995.
Evelyn started working the for Bank of Sturgeon Bay (later Baylake Bank) July 1, 1942 while still in high school, initially as a teller and then in other departments over the years. She went to work for the Federal Reserve Bank in California for over half a year in 1945 when she and Bud moved while he was serving in the US Navy. She returned to Sturgeon Bay and continued working for Bank of Sturgeon Bay as a teller. She worked in every department in the bank during her career there. Evelyn was a familiar face at Bank of Sturgeon Bay/Baylake Bank for over 66 years.
Outside of work, she was a private person, but she did enjoy bowling multiple times a week in leagues for over 40 years. Evelyn liked to travel, initially with Bud, and then liked taking bus trips with Harold. With her green thumb, she enjoyed caring for her plants, which filled her home. Evelyn took wonderful care of her vehicles; they were always gently used with low miles and not usually driven out in the rain. On those days, she’d ride along with Harold.
Evelyn will be missed by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Lake of Sturgeon Bay; one grandson, Torry (fiancé Laura) Lake of Green Bay; two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Patrick; other relatives; and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; special friend, Jack Gilson; infant brother, David Haberlie; and other relatives.
Evelyn’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Ron Colombo as celebrant. Evelyn will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with a parish wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Memorials may be given in Evelyn’s name for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County or DOOR CANcer, INC.
“Thank you to the staff at Sturgeon Bay Health Services for caring for Mom this past year and also to Dr. Paul Board and his staff.”
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Evelyn may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.