Mary Evelyn (Nemmers) Szuchan

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Mary Evelyn Nemmers Szuchan passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, due to complications from Parkinson's disease. Born Oct. 1, 1936 in Le Mars, Iowa to Peter S. Nemmers and Winnie Cleve Whitney Nemmers (both deceased), Evelyn was one of nine children.
Evelyn graduated from Cathedral Latin High School, Raleigh, in 1954, where she was an honor student, member of a sorority, cheerleader, captain of the women's basketball team and voted "Most Athletic" in her senior year. She maintained lifelong friendships with her high school classmates, including Anna Rose McCann Feltner, Katherine Birch, Cecil "Jo-Jo" Stearns, Arlene Wright Zelnar, Glenda Smith Baggott and Rita Bowden. After high school, Evelyn attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., for one semester and was an honor roll student.
Evelyn returned home to Raleigh and later married John J. Szuchan (deceased). Together they raised five children: Lynn, David, Susan, Kim and Kristy.
Evelyn Nemmers was married to John Joseph Szuchan on April 27, 1957, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. Because of her husband's job, Evelyn moved 27 times to various parts of the country. She had the daunting task of packing, moving and acclimating five children to their new environments. Luckily, when she lived in Worcester, Mass., she found time to enjoy some of the things she loved: she joined Sweet Adelines, an international organization of women singers focused on barbershop harmony. She also worked as an interior decorator and as a travel agent at Shrewsbury Travel with her longtime friend, Judy Jepson. Evelyn had impeccable style and always loved decorating and entertaining, especially during the holidays.
After being married for 37 years, she divorced John and settled in Wilmington. She enjoyed visiting the nearby beaches of Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach and really loved the small-town charm of historic Wilmington, where she lived and worked as a travel agent for many years. Aside from a brief stint in Atlanta with her daughter Susan as her caretaker, she remained in the Wilmington area until her passing.
Outgoing and friendly, Evelyn was always very social and loved meeting new people. She was also a loving mother, homemaker and a remarkable Southern cook. Family favorites included her Southern fried chicken, baked ham, potato salad, raisin drop cookies, pound cake and cherry cheese pie.
Evelyn was predeceased by her sister and best friend Elizabeth "Betty" DeAngelis; her ex-husband, John J. Szuchan; and her son-in-law, Bart A. Miller. She is survived by her five children, Lynn Szuchan Miller of Portland, Maine, John David Szuchan of Raleigh, Susan Szuchan and husband Richard Muller of Atlanta, Kim M. Szuchan of Atlanta and Kristin "Kristy" Alpers Rowe and husband Mark Rowe of Atlanta; and eight grandchildren, Amanda Miller of Boston, John David Szuchan Jr. of Asheville, Lauren Szuchan of Charlotte and Sam Szuchan of Raleigh, Sydney Alpers, Quinn Alpers, Turner Rowe and Zoey Rowe, all of Atlanta; seven siblings, Shirley Nemmers Hamilton and husband Bob Hamilton (deceased) of Oak Park, Ill., Peter Arlen Nemmers of Wilmington, brother-in-law Richard "Amedeo" DeAngelis of Raleigh, Robert Stanley Nemmers of Reston, Va., Raymond Francis "Butch" Nemmers and wife Moira Nemmers of Vienna, Va., Catherine Marie Nemmers Booth and husband Greg Booth of Wake Forest, Margaret Karen Nemmers Jackson and husband Jerry of Brevard, and William Michael Nemmers of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank both David Mintz and his mother, Mae Mintz, for their emotional support and care during her final days.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to in the name of Mary Evelyn Szuchan.
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Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, 2018
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