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Evelyn Sandine Charlson dies at 94

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Evelyn Sandine Charlson, of Valparaiso, formerly of Gary, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007 in Noblesville. She was 94.

She was born Jan. 29, 1913 in Clark Station (near Gary), the daughter of Gunnard and Molly (Wallin) Sandine.

On July 6, 1935 in Gary she married Vernon Charlson, who survives.

She is also survived by two children, Verlyn Charlson Wilson of Westfield, and Victor (Julie) Charlson of Valparaiso; son-in-law, Dr. Donald L. Wilson of Carmel; six grandchildren, Greg Wilson, Heidi Wilson, Holly Wilson Cole, Amie Charlson Paradise, Eric Charlson and Lindsay Charlson Knauff and three great grandchildren, Emma Charlson, Nathanael Cole and Andrew “A.J.” Wilson.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Sandine and a brother, Ralph Sandine.

Evelyn graduated from Gary Emerson High School in 1929 and attended the Chicago Art Institute. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Ruth Circle in Valparaiso and was formerly a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Gary. She had been active with Order of the Eastern Star, Duneland China Painters, Porter County Art League, Pi Omicron sorority and was past president of the Gary Women’s Club.

She authored freelance art articles for the Glen Park Herald and Gary Post-Tribune and was handicraft director of the Goodfellow Youth Camp. She was Luther League co-leader for Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Gary.

She was a loving wife of 71 years and a role model as an exceptional parent/grandparent to her children and grandchildren, always exemplifying a positive attitude, unconditional love, honesty, integrity and character.

A funeral service, Rev. Dr. John J. Santoro and Rev. Dr. Freda S. Scales officiating, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 201 N. Washington St., Valparaiso. Interment will be at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso and Saturday from noon -1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Porter County Art League.


Posted 3/7/2007