Melba Gevik


Melba Agnes (Johnson) Gevik, age 88, passed away on October 18, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, MN. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday October 29, 2022 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter. There will be a visitation for friends and family at 10:00am, and the funeral service will begin at 11:00am.

Melba was born on October 3, 1934 in Mankato, MN, and grew up in St. Peter, MN. After graduating from St. Peter High School in 1952, she attended Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated in 1956.

On June 8, 1956, she was united in marriage to J. Dean Gevik. They lived in Rock Island, Illinois, where Melba taught kindergarten for one year. After Dean’s ordination, they served Lutheran congregations in Ironwood, Michigan and Shoreview, Scandia and Braham, Minnesota. Melba taught kindergarten at Southview School in Braham from 1972 – 1984.

In 1987-88, Melba was residential manager at Round Lake Estates in Little Canada, MN and took care of 32 apartments for one and a half years. They also lived for two years in Ada and six years in Twin Valley, MN. In 1996, they retired in Baxter and were members at Trinity Lutheran and Lord of Life Lutheran churches. In 2018, Melba moved to Good Samaritan Assisted Living. Hobbies Melba enjoyed were stamp collecting, crocheting, and quilting.

She is survived by her daughters Teresa Garin of Coon Rapids and Linda (Tim) Bowman of Baxter, daughter in-law Julie Gevik of Fertile, MN, granddaughter Heather Bowman of Billings, MT, sister in-law Sylvia Johnson of White Bear Lake, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, G. Raymond and Helen Johnson, husband of 53 years, Rev J. Dean Gevik, son James Gevik, granddaughter Rachel Garin, brother Rev. Dwight Johnson, nephews Mark and Larry Gevik and Mark Johnson, brother Wayne (Ann) Johnson of Victorville, CA.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.

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