Evelyn Eble

Evelyn S. Eble (Shebak)

Friday, November 9th, 1917 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Evelyn S. Eble passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020, at her home at Atria of Kennebunk, ME. She was 102.

She was born Julia Evelyn Shebak on November 9, 1917, in Williamsburg, MA, one of five children of the late Ignacy and Christina (Borasewiecz) Shebak, who had immigrated five years earlier from “White Russia” (now Belarus). For more than half her life, she lived in the Village of Florence in Northampton, MA, where she graduated from St. Michael’s High School and attended Northampton Commercial College. She worked at DA Sullivan and Sons Construction in Northampton, Pro Brush in Florence, and later at Hardigg Industries in South Deerfield, as a Secretary/Administrative Assistant, while married to Raymond “Sport” O’Neill and raising their three children. She is still remembered fondly by many of her children’s friends, who considered her house on Straw Avenue their second home. She was a communicant at Annunciation Parish in Florence.

In the mid-1970s, following a divorce, she moved to Glenside, PA, and married Louis M. Eble, Jr. There, she was a member of North Hills Country Club, where she played fine golf, and killer bridge. They were members of Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland, PA.

Mr. Eble died in 1994, and she continued to live in Pennsylvania until 2011, when she moved to Kennebunk. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed watching the Patriots’ Tom Brady, and was heartbroken when Mookie Betts left the Red Sox—but the supreme love of her sports fandom was tennis great Roger Federer.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond E. O’Neill, her husband Louis Eble, and by her brothers Michael, Joseph, Peter, and Thomas Shebak. She is survived by her children: Evelyn (O’Neill) Tonneson and her husband H. Richard Tonneson, Kennebunkport, ME; R. Paul O’Neill and his wife Susan (Kramer) O’Neill, Brooklyn NY; and Christina O’Neill, Whitingham, VT; her grandchildren Beth (Tonneson) Fossett and her husband Tim Fossett, Kennebunk; Kym O’Neill, Brooklyn; Kramer O’Neill and his wife Alice Moscoso, Paris, France; and Kel O’Neill and his wife Eline Jongsma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She also is survived by six great-grandchildren (Grey and Beckett Tratenberg, Mary Fossett, Raphaël Moscoso O’Neill, Isadora and Seraphine Jongsma O’Neill), and four of Mr. Eble’s five children and their families. She also leaves behind the wonderful staff of Atria Kennebunk, who so lovingly provided the “assistance” in Assisted Living.

Her remains will be interred in Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, PA. A celebration of her life will be planned for a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to the Kennebunk Free Library in Kennebunk, Maine.
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Her remains will be interred in Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, PA. A celebration of her life will be planned for a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to the Kennebunk Free Library in Kennebunk, Maine.


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Kevin Dix

Posted at 01:46pm
Dear Family,
So sorry to hear about Evie. I remember all the good times our families shared over the years on Straw Ave in Florence, Ma.
Take Care,
Betty Forsander Whitwood

Tim Peaslee

Posted at 01:26pm
Evelyn was such a wonderful woman and I was glad to get to know her and we had some great times talking about our lives and listening to her growing up to how the Red Sox are doing this year. I will miss that great smile always greeting me and the knowledge of books we both read and bring books into her to read. I remember my last visit with her at the York Hospital when she told me she missed me and always enjoyed our visits and talks and that made my day and I will always take that with me everyday. I will miss you Evelyn and my condolences to the family.

Carol Whitten

Posted at 10:36am
Evelyn & Family,
I was so sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was such a great lady and I so enjoyed talking with her, whether about sports or her books. She had definite opinions about what she liked in her books and what she did not, and I was always keen to hear what she had to say about my choices for her. Sometimes it was a hit, and sometimes a big miss. We always had fun chatting about them anyways. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
With deepest sympathy,
Carol Whitten

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