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Bemidji, 56619
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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Jan. 31, 1920-Sept. 23, 2008

Evelyn E. Ponto, 88, of Frazee, died in her home on Tuesday, September 23, 2008.

Evelyn Esther Zitzow was born to Richard and Mary (Loebrick) Zitzow on Jan. 31, 1920 in Luce, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed on June 17, 1934, at Vergas Lutheran Church. Evelyn was raised and educated in rural Vergas where she attended country school.

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On April 18, 1939, Evelyn married Norman Ponto in Perham. After they married, the couple moved to Frazee, where Norman worked for the elevator and Evelyn worked for Swift Turkey Plant. She later worked for Star Drug in Frazee for 30 years, and most recently for Lake Five Resort for 15 years, until she retired in 2007.

Evelyn was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, serving on the Alter Guild for 20 years and serving as a committee chairperson for several years. Evelyn was also the caretaker for Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery for many years. She enjoyed keeping herself busy, especially with yard work, and was very involved with the lives of her children and grandchildren.

Evelyn is survived by four daughters, Elaine Stilke and Judy Nunn, both of Frazee, Carolyn (Jim) Anderson of Chisholm, Minn., and Neda Ovsak of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Marlin (Mary Helen) Zitzow of Perham, Lester (Cookie) Zitzow of Stacy, Minn.,, and Dennis (Marilyn) Zitzow of Perham; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Preceding Evelyn in death were her husband, Norman; one brother, Ellsworth; her parents; two sons-in-law, Charles Stilke and Herb Nunn; and one great-grandson, Mark Stilke.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and continues for one hour prior to Monday's services at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, with the Rev. William Aufdenkamp officiating. Burial will follow the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Frazee.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee.

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