Obituary for Evelyn Grace Thomas

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Evelyn Grace Thomas

September 29, 1938 - December 30, 2017

Evelyn G. Thomas, 79, of Kalamazoo, passed away, Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Animals Best Friend-Kalamazoo Chapter or the Kalamazoo Humane Society. Those wishing to sign Evelyn’s guestbook may do so online at
Evelyn was born on September 29, 1938 to Oswald and Margaret (Arndt) Lindel in Decatur. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1955. On November 29, 1968 she married the love of her life Leon “Skip” Thomas in Kalamazoo. Evelyn worked as a legal secretary for over 50 years before retirement. She was locally known in the Kalamazoo area by many people for selling and growing high quality produce and flowers, which she and Skip had been doing since the mid 70’s. Evelyn was a very smart, vigorous and compassionate woman. Most of all she loved her friends and family.
Evelyn is survived by her brothers Fred Lindel and Carl (Bonnie) Lindel; nieces and nephews, Colin (Brenda) Lindel, Jason Lindel, Dannielle Brown, Katie Irwin, David Irwin, Malcolm (Dawn) Irwin, Jon Irwin, Julie (Ken) McLeese, Vincent Lindel, Matthew (Michelle Miller) Lindel, Gregory Lindel and Bethany (Brad) Rowgo; great-nieces and nephews, Dawn, Daniel, David, Jr., Elaine, Lindsey, Melanie, Ben, Braxton and Bryson and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Skip Thomas; sister, Catherine Irwin-Smith and sister-in-law Katherine Lindel.


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Born: September 29, 1938
Died: December 30, 2017

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sharan levine posted on 1/16/18

Evelyn was a gracious, kind and wise person. You could just tell she loved people and the warm connections she made with everyone. I wouldn't miss a visit with her at the market on Saturday mornings. She was incredibly strong; an inspiration for all of us. She will be sorely missed; i am grateful to have known her. Her memory will be a blessing.


Liene Rava-Kalal posted on 1/9/18

My dear friend Evelyn has passed. I will truly miss her...especially at the market on Saturday morning. She was the best. Loved her asparagus and pickles. Good bye.


Kirsten Jennings posted on 1/9/18

Evelyn was a touchstone for my family at the farmers market. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.


Harold Fischer posted on 1/7/18

I went to the Famers Market in Kalamazoo to buy asparagus. each spring. She was a friend of my former Secretary Judy Decker. Good bye, Old Girl. She was a wonderful and brave woman.


Bob and Sidney Brush posted on 1/7/18

Evelyn will be missed by many at the market and many more for many reasons! What a nice, kind lady!


Linda Czapla posted on 1/7/18

What a wonderful person has passed... I first met Evelyn when I was in High School. She was working with my fathers attorney, and she was like the real “Della Street”. Later, as an adult, I retained services for my business and appreciated a relationship that had stepped to the next generation. I loved our quick chats every week at the farmers market. Her love of outdoors, and the caretaker of their gardens, and presenting the results to the rest of us - gave balance. She was so smart, so strong, so independent, so kind, so missed. With sympathy, Linda Czapla


Linda Marble posted on 1/5/18

I am so sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. I have been friends and a co-worker with Evelyn since she came to the Ford, Kriekard law office, in 1984. I just loved her. We had many talks together about our lives, both personal and work-related. After I retired and after Evelyn retired, we still kept in touch. I will dearly miss her. Linda Marble