Evelyn Korbe, 86, Munjor, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her home.
She was born October 29, 1928 on the family farm near St. Peter, Kansas the daughter of Jacob J. and Marcianna (Rohleder) Gerstner. She attended school in Collyer, Kansas up until her junior year of high school and graduated from Hays High School in 1947. On September 6, 1949 she married Felix F. Korbe at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Munjor. He died April 23, 1999.
She spent thirty plus years working at various banks in Hays including the Farmers State Bank, Hays State Bank and Sunflower Bank, until her retirement. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Munjor, the Altar Society Christian Mothers of Munjor since 1954, and was a former parish council member. She was very active in her church and community and was active in the ministries of praise, the traveling chalice ministry for vocations, and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
She was a foster grandparent, helped with parish picnics and soup suppers, and loved cooking and baking for her family and friends. She made wedding cakes, loved working in her yard and gardening, quilting, crocheting, and sewing. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, was an excellent bookkeeper, and was an avid sports fan. She cherished time with family, her children, and grandchildren and told them that her favorite hobby was dancing with her husband, Felix.
Survivors include a son, Gregory “Greg” Korbe and wife Lois of Edmond, OK, two daughters, Suzanne Leikam and husband Steve of Hays and Vicky Hammerschmidt and husband Dennis of Manhattan, seven grandchildren, Bobbi Jarrett and husband Jason, Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt, Misti Grady and husband T.J., Lindsay Seibert and husband Will, Matthew “Matt” Leikam, Samuel “Sam” Korbe and wife Lisa, and Tina Dzurisin and husband Ryan, fourteen great grandchildren, Alex, Abigail, Amanda, and Allison Jarrett, Madilyn, Garrett, and Tanner Grady, Andi, Kaiden, Cameron, and Hudson Seibert, Sammy and Benjamin Korbe, and Stella Dzurisin, four brothers, Wendeline “Windy” Gerstner of Collyer, Alfred “Al” Gerstner of Colby, Joseph “Joe” Gerstner and wife Sandra of Scott City, and Rudy Gerstner and wife Pam of Sun Lakes, AZ, and two sisters, Josephine Dinkel of WaKeeney, and Evelyn’s twin sister Carolyn Klaus of Hays.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Adolph Gerstner, and three sisters Katie Dechant, Euphrosine Scheck, and Mary Katzdorn.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Munjor, Kansas. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00 until 10:00 am, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine. An Altar Society Christian Mothers rosary will be at 6:30 followed by a parish vigil service at 7:00 pm, both on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Prayer in Action Mission Program of the Salina Diocese or to masses, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.