CHARLOTTE - Evelyn Celia Sweetbaum Osborne passed away April 30, 2014, at her home in Charlotte.
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Evelyn was born in New York City on Jan. 18, 1926 to Lee and Harry Sweetbaum. She attended public schools in New York and graduated from Julia Richman High School. Evelyn received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. She married Victor Osborne on February 1, 1947. They resided in New York until 1956 when they moved to Gastonia where they made their home for more than 50 years.
In addition to being a homemaker for her husband and three children, Evelyn was a dedicated and effective community volunteer.
Her idealistic drive was evident early: before the United States entered the Second World War, as a student Evelyn volunteered for the Bundles for Britain campaign.
This determination to help others continued when she and Victor moved to Gastonia, where Evelyn volunteered for the Gaston Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels. Evelyn was a representative of Gaston County on the State Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party. She was engaged with the first efforts to make Planned Parenthood services available in Gastonia. Evelyn became an ardent supporter of Crisis Assistance Ministry and served for over 25 years as a volunteer interviewer and board member.
The Osbornes attended Temple Emanuel where Evelyn served several terms on the synagogue board. She was an active member and president of the Temple Sisterhood. In 2004 the Osbornes were only the fourth couple recognized by Temple Emanuel with Honorary Membership, and last year they were again honored at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of that congregation. Evelyn was a leader of the Gastonia chapter of Hadassah and became an officer of the Southeastern Region of that organization.
The Osbornes moved to Charlotte in 2007 where they joined Temple Beth El. Evelyn enjoyed living at the Cypress of Charlotte where she participated in a book club, took seminars and pursued a long standing interest in bridge.
In her spare time Evelyn was a voracious reader. The Osbornes travelled extensively, including multiple trips to England, Continental Europe, Israel and across the United States. They enjoyed many cruises to all parts of the globe.
Evelyn is predeceased by her parents; her sister-in-law, Beverly Sweetbaum; and her brother-in-law Lee Osborne. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Victor; her brother, Alan Sweetbaum, of Boynton Beach, Florida; her two sons, Richard of Charlotte and Andrew of Gastonia; her daughter Gale of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Harry and Sophie Bergmann; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins; in-laws; and friends.
The family wishes to thank personal aides, nurses and others with Cypress of Charlotte and Hospice Palliative Care who supported Evelyn during this period.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at Temple Emanuel in Gastonia, followed by interment at Gaston Memorial Park. Friends wishing to remember Evelyn are also welcomed to a reception in Evelyn's memory in the Clubhouse of the Cypress of Charlotte from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 5 or to Shiva minyans at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the home of Andrew Osborne (2231 Water Oak Lane, Gastonia); at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at the Charlotte home of Richard Osborne; and at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at the Charlotte home of Gale Osborne.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider gifts to Hadassah, 50 W. 58th St, New York, NY 10019; Crisis Assistance Ministry of Christians and Jews, 805 W Airline Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052; or the
Online condolences may be sent to www.McLeanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Osborne family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on May 1, 2014