Jean C. Evans, 86, a resident of Exeter, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
She was born in Pittston on Feb. 27, 1927, the daughter of the late Fortunato (Fred) Cardascia and Margaret Cardascia.
She graduated from Pittston High School and also graduated from Wyoming Seminary Business School.
She was married for 61 years to the "love of her life," Norman W. Evans.
Jean is survived by her husband, Norman, and her daughters, Jean R. Evans, Exeter; and Janet E. Mead and her husband, Sherman, Exeter. Also surviving are her granddaughter, Lisa Parliman, Exeter; her grandson, Sherman Mead III and his wife, Megan, Harding; and great-grandchildren, Alyssa Paige Ashton, Morgan Rae Parliman and Mason Ridge Parliman, Exeter; and Mira Grace Mead and Maya Jean Mead, Harding. She is also survived by sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Jean's greatest affection and achievement in her life was her Christian faith and ethics. Along with her Christian devotion, her other passion and what she lived for were her family and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved and adored.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a wonderful homemaker. She cherished her family but also her church family and friends as well.
Jean was a very active member of the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston. She served on many committees of the church throughout her life. She served as a deacon of the church as well as an elder, and for many years taught Sunday school and also gave of her talents with vacation bible school and served on the Session of the church. What Jean enjoyed most was being a member of the church choir which she, along with her husband, Norman, participated in for many years.
In 2003 Jean and her husband, Norman, were both honored to receive the "Member of the Year Award" from the Session of the Second Presbyterian Church, where they attended all their lives.
Jean met her husband, Norman, while working at the First National Bank of Pittston, where they were both employed for more than 40 years. Jean was the branch manager of the West Pittston First National Bank. She was also a member of the No. 1 Order of the Eastern Star of Wyoming. Jean was a proud member of the Chanter's Ladies and Irem Temple Shriner's Women's Auxiliary. This auxiliary helped the Shriner's to raise money for the Shriner's Hospitals throughout the country. She belonged to the "Bauble and Bubbles" Red Hat Society, which she enjoyed, and her daughters enjoyed picking out pretty hats for their mother to wear for her fashionable luncheons.
A loving thank you goes out to our very caring and supportive minister, the Rev. David Brague, for all his spiritual guidance and to all our wonderful family and friends who helped to support Jean and the family and we can't forget the outpouring of love that our church family displayed as well during this difficult time. Also a special thank you to the Commonwealth Home Health Nurses, Barbara, Denise, Amy, Beverly, Helen and the murse's aides who were our "angels" to guide our loving mother and help her and the family get through these very trying last days. Each and every one of you were so important to Jean and the family and with the help of God you also helped to give us the faith and courage to deal with Mom's passing. A special hug goes out to each and every one as we are blessed to have you in our lives and call you dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Second Presbyterian Church, Parsonage Street, Pittston. The Rev. David Brague will officiate.
Friends may call at Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the General Fund of the Second Presbyterian Church, 143 Parsonage St., Pittston, PA 18640.
Interment will be in Mountain View Burial Park, Harding.