Evelyne Emma (Mercker) Eickhoff, 90, Evansville

Evelyne Emma (Mercker) Eickhoff, 90, of Evansville, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at West River Health Campus.

Evelyne was born in Jasper on October 21, 1929, to Theodore and Anna (Pfaff) Mercker. She married Herman Eickhoff on July 15, 1950, in Christ the King Catholic Church in Evansville. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2010. 

Evelyne was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church, the quilters at the church, and past member, and former President, of the Moon Glow Chapter of the American Business Women Association.

In the summer of 1943, Evelyne moved with her family to Evansville, Indiana, due to her father accepting a job as a guard at Republic Aviation. She graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in 1947.  While in high school, she worked at Walgreen Drug Store, and in 1947, started her first office job at Standard Oil Company (Indiana) as a file and mail clerk.  She attended Lockyear’s Business College at night and, after graduation in 1949, she was promoted to a comptometer operator at Standard Oil. From this time until her retirement, Evelyne worked several jobs including Hoosier Cardinal, Chrysler Body Plant, General Foods, Inc., Sears, DeJongs, three dentist offices, Crescent Plastics, Omar Bakery, General Tire and Rubber Company, Paul’s Menswear, Faultless Caster (13 years), and Whirlpool Employees Federal Credit Union, now Diamond Valley Federal Credit Union (15 years).  She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, quilting, sewing, playing the piano and violin, Bingo, working crossword puzzles, traveling, and family genealogy. She was an avid baseball fan, following the St. Louis Cardinals, and an over 40-year University of Evansville basketball season ticket holder.

She is survived by one daughter, Julienne Eickhoff, of Evansville, and one son, Donald Eickhoff (Wendy), of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Theodore Rutherford and Benjamin Eickhoff (fiancé Victoria Rigdon); one great grandchild, Lincoln Rutherford; and 26 nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, Evelyne will be having a reunion in heaven with her grandparents Francis and Mary (Blessinger) Mercker and Peter and Emma (Ruhe) Pfaff, a sister, Dorothy Lamey, a brother, Joseph Mercker, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. For several years, Evelyne oversaw family reunions, sending out invitations and arranging for the place to meet. They will be happy to see her.  Remember, A-M bring a salad/vegetable; N-Z bring a dessert. Evelyne will be accompanied to the Pearly Gates by her companion Labrador, Ozzie, who passed away in June 2019.

The family would like to extend their heart felt gratitude to the staff at West River Health Campus and Heart to Heart Hospice for their loving care.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. Philip Catholic Church, Mount Vernon, with Father Dusty Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2 until 7 p.m. CT Friday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin St., Evansville, where a memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. CT. Friends may also visit with the family from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church.

Evelyne had a strong desire to help others. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to St. Philip Catholic Church, 3500 S. St. Philip Road, Mount Vernon, IN 47620 or your favorite charity.

Condolences may be made online at www.pierrefuneralhome.com.

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