Madison- Evelyn A. Blum, age 93, passed away on May 15, 2020 at St. Mary's Care Center with her daughter at her side. She was born in Chicago, IL on November 2, 1926 to Herbert and Gertrude Tomchak. Evelyn graduated from the all-girl Lourdes Catholic High School in Chicago in 1944. In 1945 she met Benjamin Blum in Lake Delton, WI and on May 19, 1946 they were married in Chicago. They were together for 70 years, until his death in July 2016.
Evelyn had been active in Jaycettes and was a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She was the secretary to the guidance counselors at what was then known as Orchard Ridge Middle School for over 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, baking, reading and most of all loving and caring for her family.
Evelyn is survived by daughters, Susan (George) Brooks of Sarasota, FL and Peggy Brigham of Pardeeville, WI; granddaughter, Erin (Jay) Latteu of Neenah, WI; brother, Robert (Terri) Tomchak of Bridgton, ME; and nine nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ben in 2016; and brother Herbert in 2018.
Due to COVID19, a memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Foundation, 5701 Raymond Rd, Madison, WI, 53711, or SSM Health at Home Foundation (please designate Hospice on check) and mail to 2802 Walton Commons Lane, Madison, WI, 53718.
Thanks to the nursing and professional staff of the Yahara Unit at St. Mary's Care Center, and to the SSM Health Hospice Team. Special thank you to the wonderful group of ladies who volunteered daily to assist Evelyn with independent living for 3.5 years!
Mom- we are glad that you are pain-free and back with Dad. With love.
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"I met Evelyn (& Ben) through their original accountant in the early 1970's. Evelyn, and Ben, too, had such a great sense of humor and kindness to her that just made people gravitate to her. That's probably why I remember her with such fondness after almost 50 years. My condolences to the family. "
"I remembered.her while I was a student at orchard ridge in the seventies! I wish all of you pleasant memory during this difficult time. Sincerely Maria Bilkey"
"A good share of sweetness has left the earth! How much good was in a tiny package, right? As a member of Good Shepherd, I met Evelyn and Ben many years ago. They were both such kind, generous people who made all feel welcome. My sincere condolences to her family. I can only imagine how dearly she will be missed. Jeanne Venzke"