June 2, 2009
Miss Evelyn Marie Rychner went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 20, 2009.
Evelyn was born on February 4, 1919, in Platte Township, Morrison County, Minnesota. She was saved at the age of 12. In 1939 she enrolled at St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, as an academic student. While listening to a missionary, Evelyn was called to South America. Following graduation she served with the American Sunday School Union in Montana.
In order to qualify as a foreign missionary, Evelyn enrolled in the University of Minnesota, majoring in practical nursing. After on year at Nyack in 1946, she went to Texas to work among the Mexican people for three and a half years. She received her appointment to Ecuador in 1950.
Evelyn was involved in extensive vacation Bible school ministries, Bible studies, teaching at the Bible Institute in Los Cerros, working the bookstore Libereria Realidades, and serving among the Otavalan and Quechua Indians. She also worked in clinics, literature and book distribution, visitation, gospel movie ministry, translation work, and publication of the Indian hymnal. She helped teach music and start a musical group at the institute. She retired in 1988 after 38 years of faithful ministry in Ecuador
Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, Theodore and Emma, and brothers Harvey, Edwin, and Philip. She is survived by brother Merle and sister Bernice.
A celebration service will be held on June 6 at 11 a.m. at the Rose Hill Alliance Church, 2105 Roselawn Ave. W., Roseville, MN 55113. Memorials can be given to The Christian and Missionary Alliance’s Great Commission Fund in lieu of flowers.