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Henke, Evelyn Francis (nee Schumaker)
age 88, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2015, surrounded by her many family members. She passed away in her own apartment in her adopted hometown of Florence, Alabama. She had lived in Florence since her move from Phoenix, Arizona, where she had lived for 34 years, from 1971-2005. During her many years in Phoenix, she became a great Phoenix Suns fan along with her sons and was a season ticket holder. In addition to her eldest son David Edward of Florence and his wife Diana (nee Stump), she is survived by her middle son Donald Vincent of Phoenix and youngest son Harold Anthony of Longmont, Colorado and his wife Rebecca (nee Walker). She is further survived by two wonderful grandchildren, Lindsay Henke of Albertville, Alabama and Jason Henke and his wife Danielle of Jacksonville, Florida. She was presented 18 months ago with her lone, beautiful great-grandchild (her namesake) Evelyn Jeanette from Jason and Danielle. Evelyn Henke was born on April 17, 1927, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. At age 16 she moved with her mother to Gary, Indiana, where she finished her high school years at Gary Horace Mann. She eventually met and married her sailor, Harold A. Henke, in 1945 in Gary. During WWII, Mr. Henke was in the US Navy as a Boatswain's mate and participated as an assistant helmsman of a Higgins' Boat at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of many years in 1984.He was interred at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by her brother Vincent Shoemaker and his wife Patricia Shoemaker, who are also interred in the Phoenix Veterans' Cemetery. During her lifetime, Evelyn spent many years as an office manager, secretary and bookkeeper. She worked from her teenage years until her retirement in the early 1990s. Although she was most proud of the educational and career achievements of her three sons, who earned advanced degrees, she was equally proud of their spouses and all her family members. She set a standard of living and a legacy for her sons that they have tried to follow, but will indeed be nearly impossible to emulate, although they and the rest of their family members will try their best to do so. She was the strongest woman we have ever known and we will miss her dearly. We love you, Ma. Rest in peace, for you have earned that rest many times over. At her request, there will be no services and she will be cremated and interred next to her late husband Harold at the VA Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona at a later date.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 13, 2015
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