STERLING – Evelyn Lorraine Saathoff, 84, of Sterling, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home.
Evelyn was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Manlius to Ernst and Thilda (Johnson) Olson. She married George J. Saathoff Jr. on Oct. 26, 1951, in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 2005.
Evelyn enjoyed gardening and fishing and had a love for flowers and animals. She was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda (Frank) Murphy of Sterling; two sons, Michael (Mary) Saathoff of Sterling and David (Cheryl) Saathoff of Johnsburg; one brother, John Olson of Princeton; one brother-in-law, Joe Boich of Lake Geneva, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Norma Olson of Tremont; six grandchildren, Mark (Ashley) Murphy, Jonathan Saathoff, Rebecca (Mark) Paisar, Andrew Saathoff, Daniel Saathoff and Shelly Saathoff; and three great-grandchildren, Zoey Harrington, Liam Murphy and Stella Murphy.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Olson and Florence Boich; two brothers, Arthur Olson and Robert Olson; one sister-in-law, Norma Olson; and one granddaughter, Karin Murphy.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.