EVELYN SOPHIE (RUDE) WEISMANN, of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Great Falls, Mont., was born Nov. 15, 1913, in Greet Falls and left our world Oct. 5, 2012. She attended Great Falls schools, graduating from Great Falls High School in 1932. She attended Minnesota State Teachers College in St. Cloud, Minn., and the College of Great Falls in the fall of 1933, where she was one of the first to attend. She did her student teaching at St. Thomas Orphans Home.

She was employed in the offices of General Mills before her marriage.

She married her school-days sweetheart, Curtis Valdemar Weismann, March 23, 1936. He passed away March 17, 1994.

Evelyn was very active in music and civic circles for many years. She started playing the organ for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church when she was a sophomore in high school. In 1937, she became organist and choir director at her church, a position she held for nearly 25 years. She also taught voice and piano for several years.

She served as President of Tuesday Music Club, Chapter AZ of the PEO Sisterhood, and Zonta Professional Women’s Club. She served on the Board of Directors for the Community Concert association, Great Falls Symphony, Community Chest and the Y.W.C.A., where she also served as a trustee.

In 1951, she opened the Viking Shop at 1102 Central Ave. in Great Falls on a very small investment. It became a success story in Great Falls as it grew to be one of the leading gift shops in the Northwest. In 1966, she was listed in Who’s Who of American Woman. The business was sold in 1988 after 37 years.

She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, PEO Sisterhood, Travel Club, Tuesday Music Club and Friendship Force and Sons of Norway, and Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley. She enjoyed travel, music, bridge and reading. Friends and family adored her and will forever remember her beauty, her loving heart, and her bright and caring personality.

She spent her winters in Arizona for many years until she moved permanently to Green Valley in 2001. At that time, in moving, she located her adoption papers and presented them to her daughters who found she had a sister, Marcella Dahl, now deceased, in Minnesota, and an entire new family who also survive her.

She is survived by daughters Karen Laurine Dolan and husband William, and Terry Jean Cox and husband Terrence, all of Green Valley. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Desert Hills Lutheran Church or Friends of the Green Valley Library, P.O. Box 43, Green Valley, AZ, 85622. Services will be held Oct. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Desert Hills Lutheran Church.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Oct. 9, 2012