Passion and everlasting energy. These words always pop into the minds of those who knew Evelyn “Evie” Francis Tiemann (nee Fettes), 79, when they think of her. She left too soon on Jan. 12, 2022 in Oak Park, where she resided for the last 31 years. Her life began in Boston, Massachusetts on Aug. 19, 1942. 

She was an energetic and devoted teacher, dedicating her life to educating young children. She taught, full-time, for 50 years before retiring. Her passion for dancing erupted each week during her outings for country line and partner dancing. Her ardor for both food and reading led her to groups devoted to these treats with others who became close friends.

Religion was a significant part of her life, and she became a mentor to many in the Lutheran community. She started every morning with a devotional reading from her prayer book which she kept out on her table.

The eldest of nine children, her brothers asked where their “mother” was going when she left for college. A proud cheerleader for her children, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren, she always provided a smile, a hug or a book. 

Evie is survived by her children, Leslie (Markus) Sleuwen, Kara (Jerome) Scott, Nathaniel (Cassi) Tiemann, and Margot (Elias) Cepeda; her grandchildren, Alessandra, Spencer, Caleb, Tirzah, Sophie, Samuel, Emma and Tabitha; her brothers, nieces and nephews; and her dancing partner, John.

A memorial service to celebrate the amazing and exemplary life of Evelyn Tiemann will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, IL 60305 on May 7 at 10:30 a.m., with a light brunch to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Grace Lutheran School who provide educational scholarships for underprivileged students, the Oak Park Animal Care League where she took her grandchildren to visit with cats awaiting adoption, or your local food pantry.

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