Evelyn Violet Reutimann | Obituary

Born Evelyn Violet Iff in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

on March 25, 1935 to Paul and Hilda Iff.

Evelyn passed away peacefully with family

while listening to her favorite Swiss music on

July 12, 2020. She was the youngest of three

daughters affectionately known as “Evie” when

she was growing up. In her youth, she was

a gymnast and spent a couple years abroad

studying in Germany. When she returned to the

US her love for gymnastics continued which

is where she met her husband, Robert (Bob)

Reutimann, a Swiss gymnast at a tournament

in Cleveland, Ohio in 1955. They had a longdistance

courtship and were married on July

7, 1959 after a gymnastic meet in Milwaukee,


After reading about the Pacific NW in National Geographic

magazine, they decided to honeymoon in Spokane, Seattle,

and Portland. In 1960 after their first child Richard was born,

Bob & Evelyn decided to move to Seattle to raise their family

where Michael, Ruth and Linda were born. They raised four

children moving to various neighborhoods beginning in Lake

City and ultimately settling on Mercer Island in 1975 where

they lived until 2015. Evelyn was actively involved with her

children and grandchildren’s school, activities, and sporting

events. She was also an active member of the Mercer Island

Covenant Church, the Swiss Ski Club at Stevens Pass and

the Seattle Swiss Society. Evelyn spent countless weekends

beginning in 1965 when the Swiss Ski Club was founded,

skiing with her family. She skied into her seventies with her


Evelyn and Bob were fortunate to travel the world and their

passion for boating allowed them to explore more of their

beloved Northwest. Bob was inspired by Evelyn’s ability to

clip coupons and find great deals resulting in

their boat being named the “Coupon Clipper”.

During their travels, Evelyn was always

prepared with supplies and necessities. One

never went hungry with her variety of snacks.

She was truly a treasure offering life lessons

through humor as she forged through life

singing songs and strumming on her autoharp.

Her love of playing games such as Scrabble and

Qwirkle was passed on through generations

with her often winning even against the

youngest of grandchildren.

Evelyn was a multi-talented, gifted woman.

Her faith remained steadfast and constant

throughout her life. She was a loving devoted

wife, wonderful nurturing mother to four, awesome

grandmother to seven, loyal sister, aunt and a special friend to

all. Evelyn’s family always looked forward to the holidays; she

would make her special homemade desserts such as nussgipfel

and cinnamon rolls or she would divide her favorite See’s or

Swiss chocolate into equal pieces for all to share. To know and

have her in your life was truly a gift.

Evelyn is survived by her four children, Richard Reutimann

(wife Pattie ); Mike Reutimann (wife Rebecah); Ruth Moore;

Linda Reutimann (husband Mark), seven grandchildren Tyler,

Haley (husband Eric), Erika (husband Cody), Brandt, Zach,

Tanner and Taylor and her sister Erika.

Due to Covid, the family will have a private graveside service

with a future celebration of life when allowed.

The Reutimann family would like to extend our love and

gratitude to all of you who provided us with your love &

support during these difficult times. Remembrances may be

made to a charity of your choice.