Evelyn Kerke

Evelyn Thiel-Kerke, 67, devoted wife, mother and grandmother and longtime North Riverside resident, died Aug. 19, 2023. 

She was born Jun 28, 1956, to Martha and Helmut Thiel and grew up in Oak Park. She graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and later Western Illinois University where she was a member of the field hockey and softball teams. 

Evelyn was a production analyst at Lab-Line Instruments and later a production manager at Ultra Foods. She was a member of the United Food Commercial Workers Union Local 1546.

She is survived by her husband, James Kerke; two sons, Joseph Thomas III (Alyssa) and Matthew; two grandsons, Joseph Thomas Kerke IV and Camden Daniel Kerke; three sisters, Leonika Allen, Marlene (Keith) Grady, and Ruth (Bryan) Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial visitation is Friday, Sept. 1 from 3 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7 p.m. at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave., North Riverside. 

Online condolences, photos and memories may be offered at KuratkoNosek.com.