Elaine D.A. Evans (Angstadt) born 10 August 1938 has died peacefully surrounded by her
family on 10 April after a brave battle with lung cancer. Daughter of the late Harvey and
Ruth Angstadt, Elaine was the third of ten children and the eldest girl which is probably why
she was so bossy. She was a graduate of Muhlenberg High School (1956) and went on to be
a wife to the late Gerald Evans and a mother to four children, Geraldine “Chip” Evans (St
Albans, England), the late Gerald “Ditto” Evans Jr, Gretchen Levan (Hamburg, PA) and
Geoffrey Evans (Alsace Township) before working for the Muhlenberg School District. She
started out as a custodian and through her strong work ethic and impeccable standards, she
worked her way up through the ranks to be Muhlenberg’s first woman building supervisor, a
post she held with pride until her retirement.
Her children will remember her as being firm but fair (in most things) and by example taught
them to keep open minds and grateful hearts. A woman who could be as fiercely protective
as she was strict, they could rely on her to be their champion when the world seemed
against them as well as put the boot to their backsides when they weren’t performing as
expected. She welcomed and adopted her son and daughter in laws, Steven Levan, Jeffrey
Crawford and Cathy Evans under the protective umbrella of her love.
She had five grandchildren, Shelby Levan (Clarksville, TN), Petty Officer Third Class Bradley
Levan (serving in the US Coast Guard, stationed in Kodiak, AK) Carly Levan (Hamburg, PA),
Katharine Evans (St Albans, England) and Athena Evans (Fleetwood, PA) who would see her
as Grammy, provider of cookies and snacks right before dinner (much to the outrage of their
parents) and the best Dairy Queen in the world for providing a generous sundae bar
afterwards. They will remember her secret stashes of candy as well as the enormous pride
she had for each one of them simply because they were her grandchildren, the sunshine of
Besides her great love of her family, Elaine had a passion for lanterns and lighthouses. She
was a voracious reader and a loyal fan of Nora Roberts. She did her share of globetrotting
both domestically as far west as Washington State and internationally to Ireland, Scotland
and England where she got hooked on British crime dramas. She was a life-long member of
Rosedale United Church of Christ in Laureldale and remembered her days in the youth
group with great fondness.
Elaine is also survived by her sisters, Susan M. Brommer (Muhlenberg Township), Judith A.
Moyer (Fleetwood, PA), Mary A. Sallada (Reading, PA) and Diane L. Choinere (Laureldale,
PA) and one brother Paul A. Angstadt (Muhlenberg Township) and is predeceased by her
mother and father Ruth E. and Harvey E. Angstadt, brothers, Harry E., W. David, and James
A. Angstadt and sister Emmalou Angstadt. She also leaves behind a myriad of nieces and
nephews all of whom held a special place in her heart.
A Service of Thanksgiving for her life will be held at 11am on Friday 14 April at Rosedale
United Church of Christ with visitation at 10am and followed by an interment of ashes at the
cemetery of St Peter’s Reformed UCC, Fleetwood. A reception will be held from 1pm -3pm
at St Peter’s Church Hall, next to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Elaine has asked that donations be made to the Edwin and Alma N. ’51
Lakin Holocaust Library & Resource Center c/o Albright College Library, North 13 th & Bern
Sts, PO Box 15234, Reading, PA 19612.
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