Coal Township – Lois (Dressler) Eveland of Coal Township, PA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 with her loving husband and children at her side.
Born August 7, 1939 in Sunbury, PA, Lois was the only daughter of Rueben and Ruth (Lehman) Dressler. Raised on her parents’ small dairy farm, she learned to love all things that grew, from flowers to animals large and small to mischievous children of all ages.
Lois graduated as Salutatorian of Shamokin High School in 1957 and her friend Norm introduced her in 1959 to his brother Paul Eveland, who had just ended his service in the United States Army. She and Paul married in 1961, and they were inseparable for the next 59 years, 4 months, and 3 days. They first settled in Allentown, PA and soon added three small children to their household, before moving back to Shamokin, PA in 1968 to be closer to their families. There they added two more children to their brood and raised them with a menagerie of rescued stray animals in a home that became a noisy gathering place for kids from all around. Lois was an accomplished cook and masterful baker whose bread, whoopie pies, fruit pies, cookies, and pecan sticky buns were known around town – always served with a warm smile or hug and listening ear if such was needed. Also a talented seamstress, knitter, and quilter, Lois made many of the family’s clothes and her hand-made dolls and stuffed animals delighted her children, friends, and family members who often received them as gifts.
She saw something of God in each hour of the twenty-four. Lois and Paul were both active in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church since settling in Shamokin. Lois served as Treasurer of the church for many years, was active in the church’s kitchen ministry, and her clear soprano voice was a constant presence in the church and community choirs. She instilled in her children a lifelong curiosity and love of music and reading.
Lois was a cherished wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, Mam Mam, friend and neighbor. In addition to her husband, Lois is survived by three sons, David Eveland and his wife, Lezlie of Watertown, CT, Joel Eveland and his wife, Rosezella of Shippensburg, and Mark Eveland and his wife, Suzanne of Wrightstown; and two daughters, Karen Eveland of AL, and Rebecca Horning and her husband, Douglas of NY, and nine grandchildren (Abigail, Anna, Benjamin, Caleb, Emily, Noah, Elian, Arden, and Nevin). Lois was preceded in death by her parents.
Lois (Dressler) Eveland, 81, of 1514 W Willow Street, Coal Township – Funeral services will be held Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:00 am with Pastor Samuel Bellavia, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 46 N. 2nd St., Shamokin, PA 17872. Viewing will be held from 9:00 am until the time of service in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Burial will follow the service in Northumberland Memorial Park, Sunbury. COVID-19 regulations and guidelines will be in place, and social distancing must be followed. Arrangements are being cared for by Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W Chestnut Street, Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at the address above, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018. To send condolences to the family please visit www.farrowfh.com
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