Evelyn ‘Evey’ Vanasse, age 83, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Evey was bom Jan. 31, 1939, to Vernon George and Eunice Marian (Fisk) Spence in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Evey grew up in Gilman Township and attended Spring Valley Schools. She graduated with the Class of 1957.
After high school, Evey lived in St. Paul for a short time. She met and married Irvin Vanasse and they lived in River Falls while Irvin attended college. Evey and Irvin lived in St. Paul and then Hudson before moving to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1964. They later moved to Kasson, Minnesota and lived there until Irvin retired from IBM in 1991. They moved back to the Spring Valley area and retired near the family farm in Gilman Township. They were blessed with four children: Vem, Jeff, Vicki, and James ‘Jamie’.
Evey enjoyed dogs, visiting with her many girlfriends, family reunions, antiques, garage sailing, winters in Arizona, vacationing at the lakes, traveling, golfing, playing cards………. her hobbies were gardening, refinishing antique furniture, collecting old artwork, reading.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and brothers: Vemon Lee Spence and Wayne Spence and his wife Anita.
She is survived by her husband Irvin; children: Vem (Sheryl) Vanasse; Jeff (Kristi) Vanasse; Vicki Miller; and James ‘Jamie’ Vanasse; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother Russell (Laurel) Spence; sisterin- law Eunice Luebker; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation is 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13,2023, at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Funeral service is Friday at 12 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran with burial in the church cemetery.
Keehr Funeral Home, (www.keehrfuneralhome. com) Spring Valley, is handling arrangements.