She graduated from East High (Youngstown) in 1926, where she was captain of the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. She met the love of her life, George, at the roller skating rink and they were married in 1937, sharing 72 years of marriage. They hung up their skates and became champion ballroom dancers throughout Ohio, receiving many awards in a variety of dance categories. They won 1st place in their final competition at the ages of 81 and 83. In 1947, Evelyn moved to Lorain with her husband and three children, where she remained for the majority of her life. In 2008, they both moved to Kingston of Vermilion, where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Evelyn’s cooking and baking skills were second to none. Her home-made pizzas were the best! Everyone encouraged her to market them before pizza parlors were even around. From doughnuts to strudel, her recipes live on through the generations. When she wasn’t at one of her grandkids sporting events, you could find her and George at the bowling alley at least two times a week. Even a torn rotator cuff did not stop her. She learned to bowl left-handed instead. She loved to crochet and was a wonderful seamstress, making lots of her children’s clothes. If you knew her, you probably own a scarf or afghan she crocheted. Even while at Kingston, she continued to make scarfs for many of the people that work there. There was seldom a time that she didn’t have some kind of project she was working on. On that rare occasion you found her sitting, she almost always had a book in her hands. Her passion for reading began as a child when she read the daily newspaper to her mom who couldn’t read English for herself. Reading sustained her when, as she would say, “my age got in the way of my life”. Her tattered Bible makes it evident which book was her favorite, and her life revealed that she did her best to live by it. Family was most important to her. She would stop everything she was doing for anyone that needed her. She always told us to do something for someone else when we were feeling down. She taught us to take care of ourselves and each other. She was a wise woman who knew how to live – obviously….We knew she loved us deeply as we did her, but her greatest love was her Lord and Savior, Jesus, who saw her through 99 and 3/4 years of life. How could you not miss her!
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Jo Kamnikar (Ken) of Lorain, Sally Bescak (George) of Amherst and Nancy Breeden (Timothy) of Vermilion; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Butchko of Lorain; grandchildren, Deatra Kopis, Darla Gerace (Lenny), Dawn Redmond (Keith), Deborah Bryant (Scott), Bob Kamnikar (Sherri), Kelli Gannelli (Rocky), Todd Bescak (Allison), Nancy Geraghty (Gary), Amanda Corrillo (Peter), Maggie Frey (Josh), Mollie Breeden and Katie Breeden; 32 great grandchildren; and her brother, Joseph Mravich (Ann) of Youngstown.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, George C. Butchko, on March 21, 2009; sons, Robert and Thomas Butchko; sisters, Ann Nebot, Lena Watson and Mildred Mort; brothers, Andy and Sam Mravich; and by her parents, Nicholas and Mildred Mravich (nee Mahilovich).
Friends may call Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the celebration of life at 11 A.M., at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. The Reverend Bill Mouer, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or New Life Hospice, 3600 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.