January 11, 1929 – January 20, 2022
Evelyn was born a farmer’s daughter and was destined to be a farmer’s wife. She was born on January 11, 1929 at the home of her parents, Jack and Hilda Rossi, in Old River. And except for a short stint in the Fairfax area, she never left Old River. She grew up on her parents’ small dairy and farm and loved being a country girl. Evelyn attended Old River Elementary School and Kern County Union High School. After graduating from high school, she worked at the Hall of Records for a few years before marriage and children. Through the Old River community and her brothers, she met her future husband, Frank Del Papa, and they were married in 1950. Their first daughter, Debi, was born on Christmas morning of that year, followed by Pati a few years later.
Evelyn was the ideal farmer’s wife. She understood sacrifice, hard work and long hours. Like many women of her generation, her greatest passion and love was her family. In the eyes of Debi and Pati, and her grandson, Bernard, there could not have been a better mother or noni. She could do anything. She was an excellent cook and baker, and always had dessert and cookies at home, she sewed darling, usually matching, dresses for Debi and Pati, she maintained the house and yard, did the farm’s accounting, etc. . Following.
Words are not enough to describe his relationship with his daughters. Their relationship was incomparable and the three were always and everywhere together. The girls adored their mother. And she knew how to find the perfect balance between friend and mother.
She was happiest in her front yard with a garden hose in hand. Anyone who has driven on Old River Road can attest to that. Or maybe a shovel, or a rake, or a mower, or any other garden tool, including for many years a lawnmower. She was very creative when it came to landscaping with plants and nothing brought her more joy. Frank often asked her, perplexed, why she created so much work for herself, but for her it wasn’t work, it was pure pleasure.
Evelyn was loyal to everything she held dear, she was very humble, and she was a peacemaker. She loved to laugh and she had a very witty and teasing sense of humor. She was loving and kind, and especially in her final months, weeks, and days, she had such a sweetness and gentleness that was so touching to those around her.
The family is grateful for the kindness and prayers of friends and family during this time. They are especially grateful, as is Evelyn, for her wonderful caregivers who are now part of the family, and for a family friend, Mike.
Evelyn will be fondly remembered by her daughter Pati, her grandson Bernard Ansolabehere and his wife Diana, her great-grandchildren Betty and Will, her sister-in-law Hazel Canevari and her husband Ron, her sister and his brother-in-law in Italy, Joanne and Johnny Del Papa, special cousin Nancy Narducci, and other family members and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Frank, their daughter Debi, her son Frankie and many other family members.
The bearers will be Petey J. Agalos, Steve Narducci, Darrell Roberts, Anthony Rossi, Marcus Rossi and Mike Rossi.
The honorary bearers will be Michael Agalos, Joe Butkiewicz, Dennis Canevari, Ronald Canevari, David Del Papa, Mark Del Papa, Stan Del Papa, Steve Del Papa, Larry Fanucchi and Michael Rouw.
A rosary service will be celebrated in memory of Evelyn on Friday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St Francis Catholic Church, 900 H Street, Bakersfield, immediately followed by a Christian funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Private burial services for the family will follow. The family understands and appreciates any concerns and reluctance to attend due to COVID. They also ask guests to please consider the safety of all attendees and take appropriate precautions.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity.
FUNERAL DIRECTORS DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-OMEARA
Published by Bakersfield Californian on February 1, 2022.