Eva Victoria Drometer, age 87, a lifelong resident of Cannon Falls, MN, died on Saturday morning, October 30, 2021 at Regina Assisted Living, Hastings.
It was always Chuck and Eva, and you never mentioned one without mentioning the other. Chuck died on October 20, 2021 and now Eva joined him for their final trip of a lifetime to heaven! She also joins her parents, Walter and Edith Martinson.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Darlene Drometer Hallanger of Cannon Falls (special friend, Harvey Nelson of Red Wing) and Dianna of Belle Plaine; special friends, Katie Overby of Cannon Falls, Steve and Sylvia Bauer of Hastings, and Deb Gullickson of Memphis, Missouri; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eva was born on June 16, 1934 in Cannon Falls, the daughter of Walter and Edith (Anderson) Martinson. She graduated in 1953 from Cannon Falls High School and went on to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
Eva married Chuck Drometer on June 27, 1959 at Spring Garden Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls, where she remained a lifelong member. Eva worked as a teller at First National Bank in Cannon Falls for many years. They also worked and travelled together as sales reps for Midwest Imports. When the building that was formally known as Windy Acres was purchased by Steve and Sylvia Bauer, Steve and Chuck spearheaded the idea that it would become an antique mall. Chuck and Eva were hired as the managers and the rest is history! The Countryside Antique Mall was born and the Drometer’s made the shop one the best in the Midwest successfully operating 30 years later.
Both Chuck and Eva were Charter Members of the Red Wing Collectors Society having been among the first 100 who joined the first year it was started in 1977.
They also loved collecting Cannon Falls memorabilia as a way of documenting Cannon Falls History. Chuck and Eva were known for their presence in Cannon Falls and the surrounding areas at many community events.
They made Cannon Falls history their passion. To say they represented the community honestly, proudly and lovingly is an understatement. Although they didn’t have a big family they certainly had many friends that they considered family. Please think of them fondly when you come across a piece of history and carry that tradition on with your community.
A memorial service will be held for Eva on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 1:00 pm at Spring Garden Lutheran Church. Masks are highly recommended. Cake and coffee will follow the service. Interment will be at the church cemetery.