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