Thelma Rose Shotton Evankavitch, 96, of Moosic, and formerly of Old Forge, died Friday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Her husband of 26 years, Casper J. Evankavitch, died March 13, 1979.
Born in Olyphant on Dec. 4, 1917, daughter of the late John Tiplady Shotton and Rosina Jackson Shotton Wall, Thelma was a graduate of Olyphant High School, class of 1935. Before retirement, she worked 15 years in the cosmetics department of the Globe Store of Scranton.
A longtime member of Green Ridge Primitive Methodist Church, Thelma had also served as secretary of the Northeast Ballet Guild of Scranton and was a member of the Community Council Philharmonic and Broadway Theatre. An active volunteer, she had helped the American Heart Association, Meals on Wheels, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. She later attended Vocational-Technical School, having completed courses in cosmetology, fashion, furniture, refinishing and gourmet cooking. She also completed training with the National Income Tax Correspondence School, and was a student of the Scranton Senior Citizens Art School.
An avid and accomplished painter and pianist, Thelma passed away at 96 years young, having left behind a memorable legacy. Everyone that met her was amazed by her wit and intelligence.
Her family would like to acknowledge the staff of LIFE Geisinger, as well as Debbie Checko, for the incredible love and care given to Thelma throughout the years.
She is survived by three children, Tina Marie Dolgash, her caregiver with whom she resided, Moosic; Robert Evankavitch and wife, Karen, Glenburn; and Phyllis Wisenand and husband, Thomas, Shippensburg; a son-in-law, Michael Dolgash, Old Forge; a sister, Helen Ruhle, Scranton; three grandchildren, Candice Dolgash, Nadine Blasko and Christa Aycock; three great-grandchildren; a niece, Sherri; and a nephew, Jack and wife, Terry.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, to be conducted by the Rev. Charles K. Beth, pastor of Green Ridge Primitive Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Peckville.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
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