Funeral services for Evelyn Gabbert, age 88, of Rapid City, South Dakota, formerly of the Bison/Meadow, South Dakota area were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, South Dakota. Fr. Ed Vanorny will officiate with burial in the Gallaway Cemetery in Meadow, SD.
Serving as casketbearers are Brady Borowski, Larry Seitz, Mike McCue, Jesse Carmichael, Keith Carmichael and Brian Carmichael.
Evelyn Germaine Hartman was born March 13, 1924 on the family farm at Chance, South Dakota. She attended elementary grades at a rural school near their home. Following graduation from Lemmon High School, she went to California and worked to assist the war effort.
Evelyn moved back to Meadow, SD where she met Tom Gabbert. They were married September 21, 1946 in Bison, SD. They lived on the Gabbert family farm, originally with Tom's parents and then in partnership with Tom's brother, I.A. "Dutch" Gabbert until the farm was divided.
Tom and Evelyn moved to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1965 where they operated the A-Z Rental Center and then opened a machine shop in partnership with Bill Shaw. They returned to the family farm at Meadow in 1972 and opened West River Machine shop.
In the mid 1980's they retired to Mobridge where Evelyn enjoyed fishing with Tom and spent countless hours canning and sharing produce from his garden. Evelyn spent many days volunteering at the Mobridge Ministerial Association Thrift Shop.
Following Tom's death in 2000, Evelyn remained in Mobridge and then moved to Spearfish, SD in 2001. Evelyn was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and volunteered many hours at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.
In August of 2008, following a fall at her home, she entered an assisted living facility and then Clarkson Health Care.
Evelyn passed from this life on January 20th, 2013 with her daughter and son-in-law at her side at the Clarkson Health Care Center in Rapid City, SD.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her daughter, Dottie (Don) Borowski, Rapid City, SD; sons, Jack (Mary) Gabbert, Meadow, SD, Jim Gabbert, Canmore, AB, Canada, and Mark (Penny) Gabbert, Hartsel, CO; grandchildren, Donell (Carl) Bergin, Meadowlands, MN, David Borowski, Chicago, IL, Dana Borowski, Spearfish, SD, Brian Tanner, Denver, CO and Dakota Gabbert, Denver, CO; great-grandchildren, Brady Borowski, Spearfish, SD and Katelyn and Hailey Bergin, Meadowlands, MN; sisters, Bernadette Rose and Dorothy Carmichael, both of Meadow, SD, Valerie (Russell) Lam, Hobbs, NM; sister-in-law, Donna Hartman, Sturgis, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Gertrude Hartman, brothers Raymond, Ralph (Bud) and Noel Hartman.
Visitation was from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a rosary/vigil service at 7:00 p.m. all at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, SD.