Evelyn O. Benda, 85, West Branch
Obituaries · March 29, 2013

Evelyn O. Benda, 85, of West Branch died Thursday March 21, 2013, at the Crestview Care and Rehab Center in West Branch.

Funeral service were March 26, 2013, at the Henderson- Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Visitation at the funeral home. Burial was in the Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Online condolences may be made to the family at Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Evelyn was born Feb. 1, 1928, near West Branch, the daughter of Joseph and Edna (Lumpa) Vikel. She grew up on the family farm south of West Branch and was a graduate of West Branch High school. On Feb. 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Charles “Rusty” Benda in Iowa City. They continued to live with her parents and cared for them until their death.

She enjoyed gardening, caring for the animals on the farm, baking, shopping, visiting and was always willing to help others.

She is survived by two children: Joe Benda of West Liberty and Charlene (Terry) Hamer of West Branch; four grandchildren: Jenna, Charlie (Karisa Streb) and Jill Hamer and Olivia Benda; one great-grandson, Hunter Hamer; and a sister, Doris (George) Heick of West Branch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles and a brother Earl Vikel.

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