Evelyn Lucken

Obit-Lucken-formattedEvelyn A. Lucken, 94- year-old resident of Royalton, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 7th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. Father Laurn Virnig will officiate and burial will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in North Prairie, MN. Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday at the church as well as one hour prior to the mass on Saturday at the church in Royalton. Parish Prayer Service will be at 6 PM on Friday.
Evelyn Agnes Hurdt was born May 9, 1920, in North Prairie, to the late Stephen and Rose (Kobilka) Hurdt. She grew up in North Prairie and attended the District 6 schools. Evelyn went on to attend Art School in St. Paul for one year. She was employed at DeZurik Manufacturing, drawing the valves they made in Sartell and at two photography studios in Wadena and Moorhead, MN. She was united in marriage to Arnie O. Lucken Oct. 2, 1954, at St. Marys Catholic Church in El Centro, Calif. Evelyn and Arnie made their home in El Centro for 40 years. While in California, Evelyn worked at Schofields Photo Studio. In her free time, Evelyn enjoyed painting and photography, including commissioned canvas works of art and wedding photography. She is one of only three artists to convert photographs to an oil portrait. She worked primarily with airbrush, charcoal, and oil paints. Evelyn and Arnie retired to Royalton in October 1995. The couple loved to travel (visiting all 50 state capitals). Arnie became a private pilot and purchased his own plane. The couple made many trips to Alaska, including one memorable trip by dog sled to go ice fishing. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Evelyn is survived by many nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Arnie; her parents, Stephen and Rose Hurdt; brothers, Reynold and Herbert Hurdt; and sister, Verena Mrosla.
Casketbearers were Reynold Hurdt, Scott Prokott, Brian Prokott, Donald Hurdt, Robert Keppers and Thomas Hammond.

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