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Evelyn Marie Peuster

Evelyn Marie Peuster, 71, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 5:10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Evelyn was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Hannibal, Mo., to William E. and Wilma J. Gould Schwanke. She was married to Duane L. Peuster on Oct. 29, 1972, at the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Renssalear, Mo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2010.

Evelyn Marie Peuster

 Survivors include her children, Laura J. Dodd (Mark), Ellen M. Warning (Jeremy), Eric D. Peuster and William P. Peuster (Chesney); grandchildren, Phillip Dodd, Ethan Dodd, Kaylee Warning, Trey Peuster, Lexie Peuster and Declan Peuster; brothers, Kenneth Schwanke (Sharon) and Dean Schwanke; sisters, Patsy Miller, Bettie Geist (special friend Jay), Melba Bowles (John), Martha Gough (Donald), Ardyth Smashey (Robert) and Margaret Crabill (Lindell).

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William Schwanke and John Schwanke; one sister, Wilma Yvonne Miller; three sisters-in-law, Phyllis Peuster, Shirley Schwanke and Carolyn Schwanke; and four brothers-in-law, Jay Parrick, Carl Miller, Dallas Dudding and Everett Miller.

Evelyn was a farmwife and homemaker but she also worked at Casey’s in Palmyra, and worked as the biscuit maker at Hardee’s for 25 years.

She loved to attend all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She enjoyed coloring, doing puzzles of all kinds, playing cards, playing Scrabble, and also loved to bake with her granddaughter. 

Christmas was her favorite holiday and there were many, many amazing family memories that entailed Christmas.  She especially enjoyed going on sister weekends and having a rowdy time with her family.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Pastor Wes Gehrke will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

The funeral service will be live streamed through Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Follow the link on their obituary page or go to ( The live stream will start shortly before the service begins.

Pallbearers will be Mark Dodd, Jeremy Warning, Jay Gottman, Donald Peuster, Phillip Dodd and Jason Crabill.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Rathbun and her grandchildren. 

Friends and family are invited to Evelyn’s life celebration at a visitation that will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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