OBITUARY: Eva Lynn Sauerwein

Eva “Eve” Lynn Sauerwein, 51, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Sedgwick. She was born July 2, 1967, in Springfield, Mo., to Linda Crawford and Gary Smith.

She was a 1986 graduate of Abilene High School. Later that year, Eve married Carl Taylor in 
Wichita. Together, they had a son Carl Franklin Taylor in Tulsa, Okla., on July 27, 
1988. Eve worked as a school resource officer. Eve and Carl divorced in 1992.

Eve married Rod Mueller in Wichita, Kansas in March 1994. They resided on the family farm 
in Halstead. Her pursuit in the medical field started when she received her Emergency 
Medical Technician in 1995. She put these skills to use when she started volunteering for 
Halstead Fire/EMS. Eve and Rod gave birth to a baby boy Justin Joel Mueller in Wichita
on Aug. 17, 1996.

In 2002, she furthered her endeavors by obtaining her Emergency Medical Technician 
Intermediate/Defibrillation Certificate.

Eve and Rod separated in 2007 and eventually divorced in 2011.

Carl’s health deteriorated to the point where he needed hospice care. Eve and Carl Franklin 
provided the care for Carl. He went to be with the Lord after a short battle with cancer in 2009 
with Eve and Carl Franklin by his side.

Even with multiple hardships during the last several years, Eve was pursing her registered nurse 
degree while raising a family. She completed her RN degree at Hesston College and continued 
practicing at Wesley, not as a tech, but as nurse at this time.

Eve found her soulmate, Mark, on March 17, 2013, at a potato bar at the Sedgwick Senior 
Center. After several dates, a devastating knee injury did not allow Mark to climb stairs to his 
home. Eve took Mark straight from the hospital to her house to start the recovery. After the 
surgery, the recovery continued for eight weeks at Eve’s residence. During that time, Eve and 
Mark really got to know each other and couldn’t live without each other. Eve married Mark 
Sauerwein Aug. 2, 2014, in Sedgwick.

Eve is survived by her husband Mark of the home; son Carl Franklin Taylor and his wife Kelly 
and their daughter Lila of Wichita; son Justin Mueller and fiance Rachael Embrey of 
Wichita; step-daughter Tieyce Rhoades and fiance Jodi Jonas of Newton; step- 
son Tyler Sauerwein and his wife Kari of Newton; brother Robbie Bletscher of West 
Memphis, Ark.; brother Brad Bletscher and his wife Kathy and their children Kyle and 
fiance Sammi, Mason, and Mikayla of Beatrice; mother Linda Bletscher and her 
husband Chuck of Abilene; father Gary Smith of Hermitage, Mo.; half-brother Gary 
Smith Jr. and family of St. Louis; second husband Rod Mueller and family of 
Halstead; former sister-in-law Sherry Taylor of Wichita; and one special aunt, 
Barbara Smith of Springfield, Mo.

She was preceded in death by first husband Carl Taylor, grandmother Violet Smith and numerous 
unborn children.

A celebration of Eve’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Kingdom Life 
Ministries in Hesston. Following the service, there will be light refreshments and a balloon launch.

Memorials are suggested to Harvey County Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen’s 
Funeral Home in Newton.