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Evelyn Hunter


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Evelyn Hunter Obituary
Hunter, Evelyn
Evelyn Joan Hunter, nee Hoodlet. Evelyn Joan Hunter died unexpectedly at 5:31 p.m. Sunday, December 17, 2017 of medical complications. She was born at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 1935 at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio to Nellie Joan (Slifko) Hoodlet and John W. Hoodlet. They lived in the German Village of Columbus. Evelyn began accordion lessons at age five, practicing every morning before going to school. She loved practicing. She took lessons from Mrs. Charlotte Gamble at the Lazarus store in Columbus, Ohio. They had an accordion band, in which Evelyn became first chair. First chair was given the piccolo parts as transcribed for accordion, as well as other roles. Evelyn also studied with Mitzi Joyce in Columbus. She played at Memorial Hall in Columbus and provided dinner music at the Southern Hotel, Deschler Wallick Hotel, and for civic and fraternal organizations. She entertained at Lockbourne airbase, and at veterans and public hospitals. She had radio experience in Columbus, as well as appeared on WTVN-TV. Evelyn's parents bought a full-sized concert Excelsior accordion for her when she was eleven years old. It weighs 30 pounds. Her mother was a kind loving mother who worked as a waitress at Schmidt's Sausage House, in the German Village. Her father worked at Columbus Hardware. During WWII they both worked in the Curtis Wright aircraft factory in Columbus. Evelyn graduated from South High School, Columbus in June of 1953. After graduating from high school, Evelyn went to a music convention in Columbus and interviewed with all the places looking for accordion teachers. She was offered three jobs, ones in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Flint, Michigan, and Alpena, Michigan. She chose Alpena, Michigan. She first taught at a local music store and at a school. Later she gave private lessons at her house on 8th Avenue, Alpena. Evelyn married Frank R. Hunter at St. Bernard's Church, Alpena on August 16, 1955, by Reverend Olin J. Murdick. They made their first home at 209 Fifth Avenue, Alpena. Evelyn's repertoire included: Humouresque by Dvorak, Blue Danube, Dizzy Fingers, classical music and the standards. She had an outstanding memory for music, so she could play requests for almost any song a person would name. She was a member of the American Accordionists Association, Alpena Yacht Club, Alpena Civic Theatre, Power Squadron, Thunder Bay Arts Council, Besser Museum Founders Society, Moose Club, and Daughters of Isabella. She volunteered for many organizations including the Alpena hospital. Evelyn directed and assistant directed numerous plays at Alpena Civic Theatre. She was a board member Alpena Arts Council, and was a charter board member of the Bingham Arts Academy. Evelyn is survived by her children, Mark John Hunter, Thomas R. Hunter, Audrey J. McKimmy (Scott), and Beverly Sue Thomas (Timothy); grandchildren, Thomas R. Hunter II, Heather Cosgrove (Tom), Nicholas McKimmy, Dustin McKimmy, Mitchell Thomas (Brittany), and Jason Thomas; and great grandchildren, Corbin Hunter, Trent Cosgrove and Cohen Cosgrove. She was predeceased by her husband, her sister Roberta Ann Taylor, her parents; her grandparents Clarence Brenton Hoodlet and Hessie Dell (Terrel) Hoodlet (Della Matson) and George and Anna (Spegar) Slifko. Visitation will be held at Bannan Funeral Home in Alpena, MI, Thursday from 3-8 p.m. Visitation will resume Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, services to begin at 11 a.m. Sister Mary Hughes officiating. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Thank-you to Mr. Ted Beck of Rogers City, who assisted our family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 21, 2017
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