Evelyn ‘Evie’ (Borrow) Creten
ESCANABA – Evelyn “Evie” (Borrow) Creten, 98, passed into her new life with the God she so faithfully served on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Christian Park Health Care Center. Evie was born on July 29, 1915, on the family farm at Burnt Bluff, Mich. She moved to Escanaba when she was nine years old and she attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School from which she graduated in 1933. Evie worked first at JC Penney and then for seven years at Lauerman Brothers Clothing in Escanaba. In 1941 she was united in marriage to Joseph Creten, and they raised their six children in Gladstone.
Evie had a knack for canning and did much of it from the produce of Joe’s wonderful garden. Throughout the long winters, she provided many of her canned goods for her family. She was also a great money manager and was determined to put all of her children through both Catholic grade and high schools, and she was successful!
Evie was an avid card player all of her life and would be up to a good game anytime or any place as long as it didn’t interfere with her beloved Packers when they were on TV. One of her favorite TV programs was “Wheel of Fortune,” and she allowed no interruptions at that time.
She was a longstanding member of All Saints Catholic Church, Gladstone, and was a Minister of Praise there. Evie was always faithful to prayer and would spend much time each day praying for the needs of her family and for the world.
Evie is survived by two daughters, Sister Jo Ann, Atlanta, Ga., and Pat (Joe) Valiquette, Escanaba; three sons, Don (Janie), Wetmore, Tom (Sue), Wetmore, and Charlie (Patty) of Gladstone; son-in-law, Bill Cook (Sue); and grandchildren, Jon (Nikki), Tony (Sandy), Lori (Keith) Carlson, Bill (Mary) Cook, Tammy (Steve) Chaillier, Tricia (Chad) Gross, Nicole (Jay) Killoran, Jason (Tricia) Valiquette, Scott (Susie) Creten, Kelly (Chris) Coleman, Greg (Cherie) and Carrie (Matt) Oney. She also has 28 great-grandchildren, Christian, Aedan, Katie, Hanna, Jason, Emma Louise, Emma, Ryan, Frankie, Katherine, Max, Lexi, Paige, Ashley, Tyler, Carley, Ashlyn, Logan, Madysen, Emalyn, Taytem, Kelsey, Hailey, Olivia, Lauren, Cale ,Caden, Caleb, baby Oney; on the way, one great-great granddaughter, Aleigha; and very special friend, Sister Helen Mick.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, and her daughter, Diane (Cook), who now gladly welcome her Home.
Evie’s family wishes to thank the doctor, nurses, and staff at Christian Park who so faithfully cared for her during her years with them.
Evelyn’s family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 2, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Reflections shared by family and friends will be shared at 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Church Parish Hall. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Evelyn may be directed to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kan., envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes in Gladstone and Escanaba. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Creten family.