CONNEAUTVILLE, Pa. — Evelyn J. Brown, age 86, of Penn Line, Pa., passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, at Rolling Fields in Conneautville, where she had resided for the last 11 years, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She had previously lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for 25 years.
Born Sept. 28, 1925, in Morann, Pa., she was the daughter of Mike and Mary Sefchick Chabola. In 1945, she married Donald James Brown and together they had three sons; he preceded her in death in August of 1951. She married Stephen D. Brown on Sept. 21, 1952, at St. Peter’s Church in Conneautville. Together they had one daughter; he preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1996.
Evelyn and her family owned and operated Penn Line Garden and Bowling Lanes from 1946 until 1971. She also was a hairdresser and worked out of her home in Penn Line.
She was a member of St. Philip’s Church in Linesville and was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was very active in parish functions and Friday night Bingo at St. Helen’s in Tamarac, Fla.
She was a former member of the ladies auxiliary at the Linesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7842. Evelyn was an avid bowler. She was well-known for her optimistic personality, her fun loving nature and her sense of humor.
Survivors include three sons, D. James Brown (Mary) of Conneaut Lake, Raymond T. Brown (Carol) of Penn Line and David E. Brown of Penn Line; a daughter, Rebecca A. Eckstrom of Davenport, Fla.; six grandchildren, Pete Brown (Nikki) of Columbia, S.C., Adam Brown and (Abby) of Chicago, Ill., Ray Brown Jr. (Amy) of Spring Lake, N.C., Robert Brown (Rhonda) of Linesville, Amber Hill (Andy) of Andover, Ohio, and Morgan Brown of Jefferson, Ohio; six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Audra, Riley, Jackson, Alyssa and Ashton Brown; brother, Joseph Chabola (June) of Venice, Calif..; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Annabelle Scheppelman and Helene Brown; and two brothers, John and Tom Chabola.
Calling Hours will be private at the convenience of the family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Friday, July 20th, at St. Philip Church, 401 S. Mercer St., Linesville, with the Rev. Father Dennis Veltri, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Philip Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Rolling Fields, for the promotion of the Eden Alternative, 9108 State Hwy 198, Conneautville, Pa 16406.
Arrangements are under the direction of ROYAL-COLEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 6028 U.S. Hwy 6, Linesville, Pa. Please share a condolence or memory for the family at royalcolemanfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.