Evelyn “Evie”-Engelun-Finstad-Ekelund-Finstad 93, went to the Lord on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, of natural causes at the Waterview Woods, Eveleth, MN.
Evie was born on August 1, 1927 to Ole and Kristine Engelun. She grew up in Silverdale, and graduated from Orr High School. After High School, she moved to Duluth, worked at a bakery for a short time and then got a job at the phone company during WWII. She later married John “Jack” Finstad and took ownership of the Gold Mine Resort. During this time, they adopted a son, Allen, and then had a daughter Brenda. They lost their beloved son when he was 8 years old. The family continued to run the resort for over 30 years. After retiring from the resort, they lived in Buyck. Evie and Jack were married for 49 ½ years before he passed away on June 16, 1998.
Evie later married her lifelong family friend, Ferdinand Ekelund, in October of 1999. They moved to Esko, MN for a short time and then moved to Superior, WI where they remained for 15 years. After Ferd’s passing, she moved to Waterview Woods where she lived the remainder of years to be close to her daughter.
Evie was an active member of the Crane Lake Chapel for 50+ years and a member of the Sons of Norway.
Evie was preceded in death by her son Allen; husband Jack Finstad; 2nd husband Ferdinand Ekelund; brothers: Ole (Tina) Engelun and Ted (Murial) Engelun; sisters: Agnes (Oscar) Lundquist, Maggie (Earl) Bloomquist, and Ruth (Robert) Swenson; niece Barbara; step-granddaughter Tonya Jylha; and step-great-grandson Tristan Jylha, in infancy.
She is survived by her daughter Brenda Jylha (fiancé Jonathan Tomatz); granddaughter Randi Strahan (great-grandson Chaz) of Coal City, IL; grandson Jason (Erika) Strahan, (great-grandsons Thatcher and McCoy) of Virginia, MN; grandson John Jylha (Alison Zaverl) of Duluth, MN; step-grandchildren: Bradley Sundeen, Dezi Jylha (step-great-grandchildren: Samantha, Ante, Jerry Jr. Gracie, and Asher); step- grandson Tim (Laura) Eckart (step-great-grandchildren: Easton, Alaina and Owen); step-granddaughter Cassandra Jylha (Owen Erjavec); step- granddaughter Elizabeth (Tony) Altabelli (step-twin great-grandsons Charles and Vincent); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:00PM at Forest Home Cemetery, Buyck, MN. Family respectfully encourages that attendees wear masks and use safe social distance practice. To leave an online condolence visit www.mlakerfuneralhome.com