Evie Read

15 agosto , 19465 octubre , 2021

Of Woodbury, MN passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the age of 75 after a 21 month battle with cancer.

Evie was born August 15, 1946 in Preston, MN, the daughter of Freddie Kappers and Alma (Broadwater) Kappers. She grew up in the Spring Valley area where she graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964.

On May 14, 1965, she married Larry Read in Greenleafton, MN. The couple made their home in Albert Lea, MN until November 1966, when Larry was drafted into the Army. In 1967, Evie joined Larry in Mainz, Germany where they lived for 1 1/2 years. After returning from Germany, they settled back in Albert Lea where she was employed until they started their family in 1975. They raised two daughters and lived in Albert Lea for many years until they moved to Fairmont and then later on moved to West Des Moines. In 2011 they moved to Woodbury, MN.

Evie was in the neighborhood book club, enjoyed walking and counted cross-stitch. She was active in various church groups and enjoyed singing in the choir. She was a member of the Lioness Club of Albert Lea, volunteering her time to various club activities. Evie was also an active member in the St. Croix Valley Corvette Association.

Larry and Evie enjoyed traveling. After retiring in 2008, they traveled the US extensively in their Corvette and vacationed in Europe and Alaska, making many friends along the way. They also enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona. Evie enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Evie is survived by her husband, Larry and daughters, Sarah (Matt) Stay and Jennie Read. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Lucy and Sam Stay; her sisters, Jan Evenson and Margie (Bernie) Wampach; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Evie was preceded in death by her parents, two nephews, and brother-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to King of Kings Lutheran Church - Music Ministry or Garden Ministry.

A celebration of Evie’s life will be held at King of Kings Lutheran Church (1583 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN) on October 25, 2021. Visitation begins at 11:00am, service at 12:00 noon, followed by lunch at the Church. The family requests that everyone wear a mask to protect those who have compromised immune systems. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN at a later date.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Read family.


  • Visitation

    lunes, 25 octubre , 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    lunes, 25 octubre , 2021


Evie Read


Sue Harvey

21 octubre , 2021

Whenever I see rhubarb growing I think of Evie. I first met Evie when she rang my doorbell and asked if I would mind if she cut some of my rhubarb to make her special rhubarb bars. Thus, began a friendship and a standing joke that Evie was my neighborhood farmer. I knew nothing about rhubarb and Evie taught me what to look for and when to cut. Evie was a kindhearted neighbor, always there to lend a helping hand and share a kind word. I will miss her.

John and Louise Ulrich

20 octubre , 2021

Larry and family,

We're so sorry for your loss of Evie. She was such a positive and friendly person, always smiling. We always enjoyed visiting with Evie, especially at the Corvette events. We have missed both of you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

John and Louise Ulrich

Pastor Roger Lokker

16 octubre , 2021

It was always a blessing to see Evie and her sisters around Memorial Day at Greenleafton Reformed Church. Every year she stopped by church to visit before heading out to the GRC cemetery. I will miss those visits and her encouraging words. Blessings! Pastor Roger

Jack ODonnell

14 octubre , 2021

My wife, Marilyn, and I met Evie and Larry when Larry and I worked for the City of West Des Moines several years ago. Evie's love of her family was always her top priority. Evie , had a wonderful sense of humor, very enthusiastic about life and was a loving and caring Mother and Wife. Evie became a instant friend with everyone she met. Larry and Evie shared a very" special" deep love with each other. Sending condolences, prayers and love.
Jack and Marilyn ODonnell

Kathy Rehbein

13 octubre , 2021

I met Evie through our neighborhood book club and we soon became friends. She motivated me to get out and walk. We did many steps together, chatting along the way. She was a joy to visit with and will be missed by many

Vicki Peterson

13 octubre , 2021

Evie and I became friends in 1969 when we both worked at 1st Federal Savings & Loan in Albert Lea. We shared our friendship through many wonderful lifetime events of births, weddings and so much more. Evie had a beautiful and loving soul who thought of others before herself. She had true faith in God. I am so blessed to have had her in my life for over 50 years! She will live on in my heart forever. Larry, Jen, Sarah and family, may you find comfort, strength and healing by remembering all the happy times in the past.

George Holtan

9 octubre , 2021

My wife, Mary and I, met Larry and Evie in Fountain Hills, Arizona. An instant friendship developed which spanned quite a few years. Meeting at Tavern On Grand in St. Paul once a month in the summer, going to art fairs, sharing our love of flowers and birds, eating out and going to Happy Hours in Fountain Hills, deep conversations, and loads of laughter. I will miss Evie so much, but know that she is enjoying God’s greatest gift right now, which is eternal life. Gone, but not forgotten, her presence will be felt in many different ways. Rest In Peace, Evie!

Meg Olson

9 octubre , 2021

We met Evie when we first moved to Albert Lea in 1978 and we’re eating at McDonald’s. We heard someone say “Oh look Sarah! Another girl from Korea.” They came over to our table to meet our Sarah & welcomed us to Albert Lea! Instant friends and start of our relationship with that common bond of families through adoption & love for the Lord. They invited us to their church which we attended while in town. Even with their & our moves, we kept in contact. Our adoptive son was born on her birthday & she loved having a birthday mate to share the date with! A very special caring outgoing lady who were will be dearly missed! God’s comfort & peace for the family!

Mary Holtan

8 octubre , 2021

I met Evie by the pool at our condo in AZ where we were both winter visitors from MN. She was sharing pictures of her family and I heard her mention that she had a daughter that was adopted from Korea. I jumped out of the pool and said that I had a daughter adopted from Korea. We talked and talked and became instant friends. Evie was special. She loved to get together and have fun. We spent many New Years Eve’s together in AZ. When we were both in MN, we would get together for dinner the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Tavern on Grand. So many laughs and great memories. Evie, I will never forget you. You were such an added blessing to my life. Much love and prayers to Larry, Sarah, and Jenny.