Evelyn Kayl was born in Gregory, South Dakota September 22, 1923. She was the first of five children. She grew up on a farm but I remember mom saying she used to like to help her mother in the house and not outside working on the farm. She graduated from Gregory High school in 1941.
She attended Notre Dame Junior College in Mitchell, South Dakota. While there she worked for a family assisting with child care, cooking and cleaning in exchange for room and board. She returned to Gregory and taught school in a one room school house. In 1943 she and two other girlfriends took a vacation trip to California. While here her Aunt Dolly and Uncle Henry Kayl convinced her to stay in California.
She met Lawrence Albers on a blind date set up by her girlfriend. His nickname was Al and he was a veteran of some of the worst fighting in World War II Europe including landing at Omaha Beach on D day. They were married June 14, 1947 in San Francisco. They bought a home in Oakland, California and had children, Carol Elaine – 1949, Walter John – 1953, and Lois Ann – 1957. They had another daughter Joan, who died within a week of birth in 1952.
In 1958 they bought the home in San Lorenzo which mom lived in until 2014 at age 91 when she needed assistance with care. Evelyn was a homemaker raising her children and active at St John’s church. She was a good seamstress sewing her daughters’ clothes. She was known for always baking pies, cakes and cookies for the family and church functions.
In 1964 she went back to school and became a licensed vocational nurse. She worked for 20 years at Doctor’s Hospital (now San Leandro Hospital).
Mom would visit family in South Dakota every few years. Once Carol, Walt and Lois were grown she and her husband Lawrence, “Al” traveled to Hawaii, the East Coast for fall colors, Europe and other trips. Mom also helped care for her mother in law Mae Barlow.
Her husband died in January 1985. She retired later that year and started a new chapter in her life. She became very active in the Hayward hiking club with her friend Connie. She and her sister MaryLou completed the UC extension Master Gardener program. She travelled extensively with either her sister or friends to Australia, China, Europe, the Oberammergau passion play in Germany, the Vatican, and other trips.
When she wasn’t traveling she was helping with after school care for her grandsons Randy and Tyler and later for her granddaughter Alexandria. She had also helped care for her grandchildren Kristen and Michael.
She was very active in St Gerard’s women’s club at St John’s church. Baking cakes and cookies for every bake sale fund raiser, donating orchids she grew as raffle prizes, helping with the
Majellan newsletter. Even at 90 she was assisting weekly with making sandwiches for the homeless.
She was loved and will deeply be missed by her children, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.
Friends are invited to attend the visitation on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., a Vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Liturgy will be on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church. Burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will follow.