Mary Kathryn Evans


HOLGATE -- Mary Kathryn Evans, 99, of Holgate, died early Wednesday morning, June 11, 2014, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Holgate.

Her Legacy… She was born November 14, 1914, to Michael and Lilian (Erford) Oedy in New Bavaria. On May 4, 1938, she married Ronald L. Evans in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria. He died on May 16, 1964. Mary Kathryn was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holgate, and the Rosary Altar Society. She worked as a day manager of her brother Clifton's Holgate Dairy Bar, working there over 10 years encouraging and befriending many Holgate youth who continued to keep in touch with her through the years. She also worked at several other local businesses including Cooper's 5 & 10, Madison's Variety & Boutique and the local grocery store before retiring. She enjoyed polka dancing, traveling and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and participate in activities.

Her Family… She is survived by her son, Robert (Mary) Evans, Defiance; and her daughter, Therese (Gary) Stantz, Hamilton, Ind.; three grandchildren, Eric Evans, Napoleon, Kim (Alan) VonDeylen, Napoleon, and Gina (Jamey) Wellman, Defiance; seven great-grandchildren, Clay and Kyle Evans, Kelsie and Kayla VonDeylen, Kaylynn, Kasen and Kayden Wellman; sister, Kathleen (Cleo) Schroeder, Leipsic; and a sister-in-law, Rita Oedy, Maumee. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Erford and Clifton Oedy; and a sister-in-law, Salom.

Her Farewell Services… Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. in the Zachrich Funeral Home, Holgate. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. that evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, June 16, 2014, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holgate, at 10:30 a.m., with Father Nick Cunningham and Father Tom Oedy officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Holgate. Contributions made in Mary Kathryn's memory can be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Holgate United Methodist Church building fund. Please visit to leave online condolences.

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