Evelyn liked crocheting, tatting, knitting, and playing the dulcimer. Evelyn made her grandchildren mittens and slippers. She made a baby afghan for every one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren until her illness. Her handiwork became cherished gifts to her family.
Evelyn’s desire in life was that “she had made a difference.” She is survived by her children, Dr. Charles and Lori Palumbo of Hastings, Fran and Mike Reus of Rockford, Thomas and Mary Palumbo of Hudsonville, James and Sue Palumbo of Greenville, and Noreen and Edward Rykse of Sparta; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren with the much anticipated arrival of one more; four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gloria Prinsen; nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph on November 23, 2003, and her brothers, Eugene, Raymond and George.
Her family would like to thank the caregivers of Thornapple Manor, especially her granddaughter Christine, for the love, care and compassion given to Evelyn.
The service for Mrs. Palumbo was Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Sparta with Rev. Byran Schneider Thomas officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Lifespan Hospice, 300 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.