Evangeline B. (Bradfield) Claphan Yentes

Born: Sun., Sep. 4, 1921
Died: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 03, 2019
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Sep. 04, 2019
Location: Orland Congregational Church

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Evangeline B. “Eva” Claphan Yentes, 97, of Fremont, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Northern Lakes Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Angola.

Eva was born September 4, 1921, on the family farm in Steuben County to Florence, nee Fellows, and Robert Bradfield. She was educated at Pleasant Point School and Fremont High School, graduating in 1939. She married Lyle Claphan in 1944, and they raised four children in Fort Wayne and Noble County. She married Paul Yentes in 2010, enjoying mutual love and comfort for over three years.
Eva worked as a nurse’s aide and licensed practical nurse at Lutheran, Parkview and the V.A. Hospitals all of Fort Wayne and in private duty. She also provided child care when her children were young and after retiring from nursing.
Her Christian faith was the most important part of her life. Her spiritual journey included memberships in Trinity Methodist Church, Ft. Wayne, Merriam Christian Chapel, and Orland Congregational Church. She loved the fellowship of women’s circles and guilds, and Sunday school classes, as well as caring for little ones in the nursery during services. She found Bible Study Fellowship especially inspiring.

Eva’s other interests and activities included ACRES Land Trust, Sierra Club, DAR, Well Child Clinic, Red Cross blood drives, world travel, nature walks, canoeing, serving walking tacos at the 4-H fair and Red Hatting.

Eva is survived by children Michael and Sue Claphan, Angola, Linda and John Mowry, Fremont, Deanna Jane Cooper, LaGrange, John and Jacque Claphan, Albion; grandchildren David Cooper, Lenny (Jenny) Cooper, Sarah Cooper, Rachel Cooper, Daniel (Sara) Claphan, Andy (Jen) Claphan, Daniel (Kristalle) Dellinger, David (JoAnn) Dellinger, and Adam Dellinger, six nieces and nephews, and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by infant children Danny and Elizabeth, husbands Lyle Claphan and Paul Yentes, sister Edith May Bradfield Wilson Bruce, grandsons Trevor Cooper and Juliano Cooper, sister-in-law Donna Salmon, and son-in-law L. Wayne Cooper.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Orland Congregational Church with Rev. Mark Emelander officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Weicht Funeral Home of Angola.

Memorials may be made in Eva’s memory to ACRES Land Trust.

Charitable donations may be made in Evangeline's memory to the following organization:

ACRES Land Trust

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Suzanna K. Voepel
   Posted Thu August 29, 2019
My Aunt Eva was very precious to me and many, many others. I know she was glad to go to what she was certain was heaven with Jesus.

Suzanna K. Voepel
   Posted Thu August 29, 2019
My Aunt Eva was very precious to me and many, many others. I know she was glad to go to what she was certain was heaven with Jesus.

Timothy L Cooper
   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
Prayers for Deanne and the entire family. Your Mother was a very special person to many people. Rest Easy in his arms.

Cindy Corey
   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
Rich and I are sorry to hear of Eva's passing. My Dad married Eva after a short romance saying they weren't getting any younger. Eva gave my dad much pleasure and love, for that we are very thankful. Eva had a great since of humor and lots of stories to tell. She was also very good at crossword puzzles. I know your family will greatly miss her.
Rich and Cindy Corey

Fred Wooley
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
I knew Eva and Lyle in the 1980s, we sharing a love of nature and caring for natural areas. Eva became a Godsend for Jackie, Joseph and me in 1991 as we were searching for a babysitter for our newborn Joseph. She answered Jackie's prayers and was perfect! She would come to our home or we to her cozy, little mobile home on Green Lake. Eva and Joseph became buddies and had a wonderful, loving, Grandmother-grandson relationship that lasted until his adulthood. We felt so comfortable with her.
My sweet Jackie just loved her. Eva was wonderful and we felt blessed to know her and have her in our lives.