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Evelyn Gallagher Evans

Evelyn Gallagher Evans, 89, of Bethlehem Township passed away at home Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

Evelyn was born in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 25, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Marguerite O'Donnell Gallagher.

Evelyn graduated from E.L. Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, in 1942.

She retired from Lehigh University after more than 25 years, first as the personal secretary to Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor Lawrence Henry Gipson and subsequently as the secretary of Lehigh's music department.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

She enjoyed music concerts by her grandchildren and various sports activities, especially going to football games at Lehigh University and following football at the University of Notre Dame.

Surviving are her daughters, Rosemary Evans Veresink and her husband, Theodore, and Eileen Evans Colahan and her husband, Paul, with whom she resided; five grandchildren, Trevor Colahan and wife, Diana, Sandy Veresink and husband, Robert Kovacs, Ryan Colahan, Patty Veresink and Michelle Veresink Richmond and husband, Derek; one great-grandson, Kian Kovacs; her brother, Daniel Gallagher, Wilkes-Barre; and many nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Margie Lenahan Barket.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Evans, in 1983; as well as her two sisters, Marguerite Fladd and Kathleen Lenahan.

A visitation will be held at Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Another visitation will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3219 Santee Road, Bethlehem, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre.

Memorials may be sent to her favorite charity, , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be made online at www.connellfuneral.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 27, 2013
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