Evelyn E. Burton, age 99 of New London, died at her daughter’s residence in Green Bay on Friday evening, July 29, 2011, following a short illness. Evelyn was born on September 15, 1911, in Manawa, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Edward and Ella (Delzer) Stern. On Tuesday, November 8, 1932, she cast her vote for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, much to her family’s dismay. On May 11, 1933, Evelyn married Vernon Burton in New London, Wisconsin. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 1983.
Evelyn was a resident of New London most of her life and was well known for her wallpaper and decorating business. When she had a paint brush or piece of wallpaper in her hand she was happy. She was a founding member of the New London Senior Citizens, a dedicated member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church where she was a member of the senior sodality, and lifelong member of the Royal Neighbors. She also volunteered her time to Meals on Wheels. While residing with her daughter, Patricia, Evelyn was attending Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, where the congregation recently presented her with a prayer shawl.
Evelyn enjoyed cooking, teaching her great-granddaughter how to make pancakes from scratch, quilting, reading, and playing cards, belonging to several card clubs.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Jens) Johansen, Green Bay; grandchildren, Jeffry Allen (special friend Brenda Peterson), Green Bay, and Daniel Allen, Green Bay; great-grandchildren, Ryan (special friend Alyssa Zimmerman) and Shawna, David and Corey; brother, Arnold “Bud” Stern, New London; sisters, Lorraine Johnson, New London; step-brother, Lloyd (Cathy) Stern, New London; step-sister, Margorie (Herb) Uratani, CA; sister-in-law, Milly Stern; brother-in-law, Robert (special friend Marge Simmons) Burton, TX; special Florida friends, Vince and Karen Ford; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Ella; husband, Vernon; Vernon’s parents; sisters, Lucille Ebert and Ethel Westphal; step-brother, Gordon Stern; and niece Barbara Nelson. A Mass of Christian Burial for Evelyn will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2011, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 120 E, Washington Street, New London, with Reverend David Lewis officiating. Friends called at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., where a 7:30 p.m. prayer service was held, and again at church Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eric Quidzinski for his compassionate care, Aurora Hospice for all their special care during Evelyn’s illness, especially Mary, Val, Samantha, Lynn, and Robin. Also a sincere thank you to Broadview YMCA, Green Bay for allowing the family to take the wheelchair on the pool deck, so Mom could watch her great-granddaughter during her swimming lessons.