Evelyn Rodecap, of Mora, MN, died on October 7, 2010 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls. She was 84 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 10th at Mora United Methodist Church.
VISITATION will be from 4:00-6:00 PM on Saturday, October 9th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.
Evelyn Jerrine Rodecap was born January 17, 1926, at her home in Marian County, Indianapolis, Indiana, to Porter Wilson and Dona (Johnson) Wilson. Evelyn was the second oldest child and oldest daughter of seven children. She spent much of her growing up years helping care for her younger siblings.
When she was four the family moved to Kentucky and eventually settled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she graduated from College High, a teaching high school affiliated with Western Kentucky University in l945. After graduation Evelyn worked at Kenrad Corporation inspecting radio tubes during WW II. When the war ended the plant was closed and she worked part time in the Soda Fountain at the Woolworth Store and part-time as a sales clerk at another local Department Store.
On March 16, 1947, she went to church on a “blind date”, arranged by her sister and her boyfriend, with a Paul Rodecap, a student at Western Kentucky University. The romance developed rapidly as they were married just five months later on August 15, 1947, in a double wedding with Evelyn’s sister and her boyfriend who had introduced them!
While Paul was in school she continued to work part-time until Paula Gail arrived in 1949. At that time she became a full time homemaker. Their first residence was a small two room apartment where they shared with another couple a bath and real, cooled by ice, “Ice Box”. She was naturally a good cook and this became apparent to Paul who gained 10 pounds during the first month of marriage. Paul loved pies and she loved to bake them. In later years she entered a cooking contest in Oneonta, New York with her Chicken Strata recipe, a family favorite, and won a set of fine china, coincidently the pattern was named “Paula”. Evelyn (Evie) did a great job of managing their household on minimum income, as Paul finished college.
Their family further expanded with the birth of their son Daniel Ray in 1958.
During Paula’s high school years, she was a well-dressed student in school as she wore nothing but tailored clothes made by her mother, who was also an excellent seamstress.
After Paul graduated from college they moved to a number of states to follow his occupation. They lived in Cumberland, Maryland (Paul’s hometown); Jackson, Michigan; Akron, Ohio; Chillicothe, Ohio; Cooperstown, NY; Oneonta, NY; Robbinsdale, MN; Mora, MN, and retirement to Port St. John and Merritt Island, Fl. With each move Evie turned their house into a home with her flair for decorating, doing all the painting, wallpapering, curtains and slipcovers herself.
In 1998 health issues and longing for family, brought them back to Mora permanently.
In addition to sewing and cooking, Evie enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, and square dancing. With Paul’s help she also enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings play.
At Christmas time, it seemed as though you had just walked into heaven itself with Evie’s beloved Angel collection displayed throughout the house.
Evie loved the Lord and was always ready to help others. She was an active member of the Mora United Methodist Church and Church choir. She was a regular attendee at Churches Circle meetings and helped during Church Fund raising dinners.
Evelyn dearly loved her husband Paul as they celebrated 63 years together this past August. Family was important to her and she was the glue that held the family together. She greatly loved caring for her grandchildren, attending their dance recitals, school activities and sports events. Evie often commented that she would never live to see her great-grandchildren. God had other plans. Paul and Evie have been blessed with seven great-grandchildren in just four and a half years.
She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Garland Wilson (Juanita); sisters Johnnie Robinson (Willard) and Betty Sparkman (Ken).
Evelyn is survived by her husband Paul and children Paula Vanecek (Victor) and Daniel Rodecap both of Mora, four grandchildren; Aaron John Vanecek (Rebeca) of Costa Rica, Andrew Paul Vanecek (Madde) of Minneapolis, Valerie Helena Cavanagh (Dan) of Arlington Texas, Alicia Danielle Jones (Bradford) of Fairbanks, Alaska. Seven great grandchildren; Nevaeh Evelyn Becker, Parker Braiden Jones, Calvin Porter Cavanagh, Josephine Gailrose Cavanagh, Mackenzie Evelyn Vanecek, Veikko Isaiah Vanecek, and Saga Natalie Vanecek.
Memorials preferred to Mora Dollars for Scholars or Mora United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment fund.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, October 10th at Mora United Methodist Church. Rev. Mary Buckley officiated. Music was provided by Maree Nordenstrom, Dan Cavanagh, Andrew & Madeleine Vanecek. Pallbearers were Aaron Vanecek, Andrew Vanecek, Victor Vanecek, Dan Cavanagh, Lee Svoboda and Pat Gorham. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.