Another member of the Greatest Generation who worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Cleveland’s Bomber Plant during World War II passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Evelyn was the youngest daughter born to Marie and Frank Kobylak in Dillonvale, Ohio, on May 15, 1921.
On Valentine’s Day 1942, she married Leon S. Cekanski, who passed away in 2011, with the two of them being married just shy of 70 years.
Evelyn is survived by three children, Patricia (John) Girman of California, Kathleen Farrand of Indiana and Lee (Cynthia) Cekanski of Strongsville; four grandchildren Derek, Tanya, Katie and Deanna; and six great-grandchildren, Jordan, Boston, Alina, Elisha, Brenna and Brady.
Her parents and siblings, Erma, Edward, Tillie and Blanche preceded her in death.
Evelyn worked at Sears and Roebuck as a Divisional Manager for over 18 years. In 1961, Evelyn helped establish the Hinckley Girls Baseball League and coached the Championship Team – the Pedal Pushers. Evelyn was President of the Hinckley Organic Garden Club for eight and a 1/2 years. Evelyn loved to line dance and she and Leon were known for their ballroom dancing, traveling throughout the world and returning to their beautiful homestead in Hinckley, where Evelyn’s beautiful roses, day lilies and countless other flowers were always on display.
Visitation will be at Waite & Sons Funeral Home, 3300 Center Road, Brunswick from 6 to 8 P.M., Friday, July 18, 2014 with a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 1088 Ridge Road, Hinckley. Entombment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park in Akron.
Memorial donations may be made to the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, where she and Leon were members or to the Czechoslovak Society of America (CSA) former Clark Lodge, now known as the Cleveland Chapter No. 219, where Evelyn was a member for over 70 years to help carry on the rich Czech traditions and especially their delicious foods which Evelyn was known for, to the Ceska Sin Sokol Hall, 4314 Clark Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44109.