Evelyn "Evie" Marchese
1933 - 2016
Nelsen Funeral Home - Williamsburg
3785 Strawberry Plains Rd.
Williamsburg, VA
Marchese, Evelyn "Evie" (Caraynoff) WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Evelyn "Evie" (Caraynoff) Marchese, age 83, of Williamsburg, formerly of Albany, Troy and Menands, and Boca Raton, Fla., peacefully passed away on December 19, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank "Gig" Marchese; her parents, Boris and Katherine Caraynoff; and her brother, Sam Caraynoff. Evie attended Philip Schuyler High School in Albany, where she was involved in many activities and graduated cum laude of Schuyler's class of 1951. All her life, Evie enjoyed keeping in contact with her Schuyler friends, and participated in organizing numerous class reunions over the years. After high school, she worked for Honigsbaum's, a woman's clothing store in Albany, where she made many fond memories. Evie met Gig in 1953, on a dance floor, and they were married on February 14, 1954, dancing through 62 years together before his death in May 2016. In 1962, Evie began her career with the New York State Legislature. Her most extensive service and the focus of her career was as the office manager for Senator John R. Dunne, whose impact on her life in his support of civil rights was profound. She served Senator Dunne, with whom she had a lasting friendship until her passing, from 1965 until her retirement in December 1989. Evie spent many great retirement years with Gig as a "snow bird," from 1990 until 2011, between homes in Menands and Boca Raton, hosting many family vacations, holidays and special family celebrations, later becoming a full-time Florida resident. She enjoyed theatre with friends and perfecting her golf game. Her golf drive grew so powerful for a petite woman that her friends referred to her as "mighty mouse," and she proudly celebrated two holes-in-one over her 20 years of play; her first a 150-yard hole at Mill Road Acres in 1994, and her second a 112-yard hole at Boca Dunes Executive Golf Course in 2007. Evie also thrived on anything political, mystery books, occasional travel and time with all the friends she acquired throughout her different life chapters. Particularly cherished by Evie were her friends known as the "Pokes," who made her laugh hard and love deeply. Evie was a beloved mother and grandmother, and her memory and feisty spirit will live on in those who survive her, two daughters, The Honorable Catherine M. Bennett and Dorothy A. Rakhra (Dr. Sharni Rakhra); her grandchildren, Timothy Bennett (Diana), Anisha Rakhra and Ashlin Rakhra; and many nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends. The family would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the teams at Heartland Hospice and Agape Home Care, and Drs. James Majdic and Vijay Subramaniam for their patience, dedication and exemplary medical care, and thank all of the kind professionals from Brookdale who surrounded Evie during her residence there. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in New York. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Correctional Association of New York, 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Suite 200, New York, NY 10027 or correctionalassociation.org; ASH (Action on Smoking & Health), 1250 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Second Floor, Washington, DC 20036 or ash.org; Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, Inc. (U.S.), 41 Old Oyster Point Road, Suite D, Newport News, VA 23602-2177, or heartlandhospicefund.org; or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at nelsencares.com.

Published by Albany Times Union on Jan. 4, 2017.
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As a former classmate at Schuyler with Evie, we had many great times together especially at our reunions. She was so warm hearted to everyone and over the years. I have always had frequent memories of her whenever I thought of Schuyler. She was indeed very special.
Arthur Brickman
January 11, 2017
Dear Cathy and Dorothy, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom. I had the pleasure of working for Evie and Senator Dunne from 1981 through 1988. Evie was a friend and mentor to me. A strong work ethic, organization and proper dress were just a few of the lessons she taught me as a young 21 year old. God Bless you and your families
Lora Eriole-Vincent
January 8, 2017
Dear Cathy,
Please accept my sincere condolences upon the death of your Mother. I never met Fema, but I sure did get many laughts on her reading the packets of jokes she had sent to Midge over the years.
January 5, 2017
It saddens us terribly to hear of your Mom's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.
She had a bucket list from years ago I hope she got to cross some of them off! One item was a tattoo I'd laugh if she ever got it!
The DiBiase Family
Debra DiBiase
January 4, 2017
Cathy & Dorothy,
Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. My best to you and your families
Bob Caraynoff
January 4, 2017
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