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Evdokia Eve ARNETT Obituary

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ARNETT, Evdokia "Eve" 90, residing in South Bend, passed away at 7:35 pm Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross. She was born August 16, 1923, in Springfield, Ohio, to the late Mitchell and Sveta (Georgeoff) Andreoff, both immigrants from Macedonia. On Oct. 25, 1953, Eve married Samuel Arnett, who preceded her in death on December 3, 1998. Eve is survived by sons, Eric (Michele) Arnett of Granger, IN, and Brian Arnett of South Bend; granddaughters, Mary Kathleen and Camille Arnett of Granger, IN; and siblings, Maria Paliobagis of New Richmond, Ohio, Donna Bonin of Haverhill, MA, and Alexander Andreoff of Springfield, Ohio. Eve graduated from Springfield High School in 1941. She was a female pioneer in the her immigrant community by choosing to go to college and earn a BSN (nursing) degree from University of Cincinnati in 1945, which was not typical of the time. She was a nurse at Cleveland Clinic, a Public Health Nurse and nurse at Ohio University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital South Bend, and a school nurse with South Bend Community School Corporation for 20 years, including Jackson and Riley High Schools, before retiring in 1986. Eve served in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. She was discharged in November 1956. Eve was a longtime supporter of all manner of arts in the community, including the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Art League, and was a generous patron of many local charitable causes. She was devoted to the ideal of literacy for all, and was named Woman of the Year in 2000 for her efforts in pursuit of literacy and book distribution. Eve was a member of the Progress Club of South Bend for over 30 years, holding several offices including President, and an active member and officeholder in other organizations, including the American Association of University Women. General Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Retired Teachers Association. Eve was widely known for her gregarious nature and sunny disposition. She began each relationship with optimism. As a school nurse, she didn't stop by treating the scrape or sniffle; Eve was a loving and helpful presence in a school, and was trusted by students to be a compassionate listener and a trusted confidante. Even 20 years after retirement, former students would greet her in public and share memories of her kindness and patience. These were qualities that she extended to all she met, stranger and friend, and always to family members. Until the end of her life, Eve was passionate about travel. She traveled to Macedonia to meet family as a child, and became enamored of the excitement of exploring new places. As a young lady, she boarded a steamer for Europe, with a plan to visit Paris for a few weeks, but staying on the Continent for 6 months, seeing as many sights as possible. Her wanderlust never abated; she traveled extensively, with friends, family, groups, as much as her schedule would allow. Even as she approached her 90th birthday, Eve embarked on a Caribbean cruise last spring. Her mind was always thinking about where to visit next her motor always set on "go." She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Grace United Methodist Church, 3012 S. Twyckenham Drive, South Bend, IN 46614. Rev. Lauren Hall will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in the Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, as well as one hour prior to services Thursday in church. Contributions in memory of Eve may be donated to South Bend Symphony, 127 N Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601; or Grace United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be offered to the Arnett family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com

Published in Springfield News-Sun on June 25, 2014
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