SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Evelyn Ruth Froelicher, age 86, of North Kingsville, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2014, at Saybrook Landing, Saybrook Township, Ohio.
She was born July 6, 1927, in Waterbury, Conn., the daughter of Carl A. and Mary Catherine (Humphrey) Johnson. Evelyn graduated from Meadville High School in Meadville, Pa. and had resided in North Kingsville since 1960.
In her early years, she worked as a lab technician at the America Viscoe in Meadville, Pa. Later she also worked as a lab technician at MFG and Rockwell Plastics in Ashtabula and finally at Premix in North Kingsville where she retired in 1987.
She was creative, inventive and a real problem solver. She had a candle making business and liked doing ceramics and painting. She knitted and sewed, making clothes for her family and herself. Evelyn loved refinishing furniture and even did some reupholstering. She golfed and played cards. She canned food from her and Paul’s garden.
Evelyn lived in Mexico for a while as a young woman and always loved to travel, taking trips cross country and to Europe. For several years, she and Paul each drove motorcycles and did many road trips together.
She and two other friends founded the North Kingsville Garden Club and she stayed very active in it for years. After retirement, Evelyn spent much of her time in her garden and in the gardens of her friends, family and the community, spreading and sharing her love of flowers and landscaping. She enjoyed all things flowers using many of her own to make pressed and dried flower items. She well deserved her “Flower Lady” title.
She had a great love for reading and creative writing. Along with her husband and several friends, Evelyn was instrumental in the development, writing and publication of a small local paper called The Villager. She loved researching and writing articles and making friends along the way.
Evelyn was a woman of great integrity and faith. She had been an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Conneaut. She loved and took pride in her home and large family, instilling in them the value of hard work. She was loving, forgiving, kind, generous and patient. She was appreciative of others’ kindness to her. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she has touched.
Survivors include her six children, Mary (Joe) Boron of Conneaut, Theresa (William) Papageorge of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Carl (Jodi) Froelicher of Painesville, Laura (Steve) Stewart of North Kingsville, Frank (Christine) Froelicher of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Peter Froelicher of North Kingsville. Other survivors include her daughter-in-law, Elise Froelicher-Olson of Bishopville, Md.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol Shelvey, Beverly Seger, Helen Penn and Betsy Gilligan; and her brother, Jim Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul H. Froelicher in 1989; her son, Stephen Froelicher in 1984; and her step-mother and brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19th, at Corpus Christi Parish/St. Frances Cabrini Church, 744 Mill St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Fr. Philip Miller officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18th, at MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kingsville Public Library, 6006 Academy Ave., Kingsville, Ohio 44048-0057, the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St., Conneaut, Ohio 44030, the Conneaut Food Pantry, 327 Mill St., Conneaut, Ohio 44030, or a charity of choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church.
Obituary and condolences at www.marcyfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.