Keri L. (Behnke) Evert, age 51, of Brooklyn, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born on Feb. 9, 1963, in Madison, the daughter of Wallace and Donna (Bjerk) Behnke. Keri grew up on the family farm and attended school in Oregon and UW-River Falls. She was a dedicated employee for the Oregon School District for many years and a member of Brooklyn Lutheran Church. Keri enjoyed quilting, animals, attending her children's activities, sports, especially playing volleyball, the Brewers and cooking. She was nurturing and caring and whether on the farm, at work, with her children or the community she was always busy. Keri's greatest joy was to be with her children and her family.
She is survived by her children, Sterling and Tori; parents, Wallace and Donna; siblings, Roger (Lisa), Brian (Tami), Robert (Denise) and Brenda (Alan) Murphy; nieces and nephews, Morgan, Taylor, Rebecca and Carter; and numerous relatives and friends.
Keri was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with the Rev. Rebecca Ninke presiding. A luncheon will follow the service at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brooklyn Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Elementary School or Southern Care Hospice. Keri's family would like to thank everyone at the school district for all the love, care and support that you showed our mom, daughter and sister. We will always remember your kindness. We would also like to thank the staff of St. Mary's Hospital and Southern Care Hospice for your care and compassion. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.