Evelyn J. Monk, 101, of Iowa City died Thursday, March 26, 2009 in West Branch, IA. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service with Rev. Paul Akin officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor's choice. Mrs. Monk was born September 21, 1907 in Iowa City, the daughter of Joseph and Jennie Maresh Kanak. She married Harold J. Monk in Crown Point, IN. on June 6, 1934. She was a graduate of Iowa City High School and the University of Iowa. Mrs. Monk worked as a librarian at West High School in Waterloo, IA. and at the University of Iowa. She began the elementary school library program for the Iowa City Community School District in 1954 and directed it until her retirement in 1972.
She was a lifetime member of the Iowa State Education Association, and a member of Iowa's first Story League, Pilot Club of Iowa City, Phi Mu, and the First Methodist Church. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, attending many spring training games, and of Hawkeye sports, holding season tickets for many years to Iowa Women's Basketball.
She is survived by sons David Harold Monk (Janet) of Cedar Rapids and Gerald Robert (Eloise) of Grundy Center, and daughter Janis Elizabeth Bright (Douglas) of Rapid City, S.D., nine grandchildren, David Monk (Kari), Gerald A. Monk (Michelle), Steven G. Monk (Monica), Jesse A. Monk (Sherrie), Carol A. Monk, Terri L. Gureno (Joe), Charlotte L. Bright (Jason Lees), Elizabeth A. Bright and Christopher J. Bright (Moira), seventeen great grandchildren, her brothers Robert Kanak (Dee) of Iowa City and Arthur Kanak (Fran) of St. Charles, Mo. and sisters Marion Settelmayer of Iowa City and Alice Houston of Leesburg, Fl.
She was preceded in deathy by her parents, her husband, a son Joseph Allen Monk, one brother Joseph Harold Kanak, two sisters Gladys Kanak Furminger and Lois Kanak Masters.