Evelyn Thiel-Kerke devoted wife, mother and grandmother and longtime North Riverside resident, died Saturday, August 19, 2023. She was born Jun 28, 1956, to Martha and Helmut Thiel and grew up in Oak Park. She graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School and later Western Illinois University where she was a member of the field hockey and softball teams. She is survived by her husband, James Kerke; two sons, Joseph Thomas III (Alyssa) and Matthew; two grandsons, Joseph Thomas Kerke IV and Camden Daniel Kerke; three sisters, Leonika Allen, Marlene (Keith) Grady, and Ruth (Bryan) Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. She was a production analyst at Lab-Line Instruments and later a production manager at Ultra Foods. She was a member of the United Food Commercial Workers Union Local 1546.