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Mrs. Evelyn Ruth (Shaw) Croce

Mrs. Evelyn Ruth (Shaw) Croce
  • September 5, 1924 - September 19, 2017
  • Reading, Massachusetts

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“I'm very sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. She was a wonderful lady that I'm glad I knew as a child and an adult. I'll always remember her two...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Laura Goodwin - READING, MA

“Bing,Karen,Debbie and David, So sorry to hear about your Mom, she was such a great lady. I'll never forget her beautiful smile and laugh my thoughts...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Sally Chanonhouse - Rockford, IL

“Very sorry to hear about Mrs Croce's passing. May she rest in peace. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jake Devaney - Reading, MA

“To Karen, Debbie, Bing and David, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very entertaining Aunt, especially up at Nannies singing away with Eleanor...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Kippy Arsenault - Begur, Spain, MA

“Many of Don's family memories have been at Evelyn's home in Reading, MA and those family get togethers have brought our family closer together....Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Don & Marie Ingalls - Hooksett, NH

“Aunti may you soar with the angels as you are now with all of them, you truly were sweet always making our family feel more than welcomed in your...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Denise Mailloux - Lynn, MA


Evelyn Ruth (Shaw) Croce was born September 5, 1924 to James L. Shaw and Helen Rose Ingalls at Winchester Hospital.

Evelyn was raised and educated in Reading. She graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1941. Evelyn worked as the secretary to School Nurse at the Pearl Street School. She joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps with her twin sister, Eleanor, in World War II. She and her husband, Bernard A. Croce, from Wakefield raised six children, Diane, Bob, Bing, Karen, Deb, and David. Evelyn worked at Sanborn Egg Company and Carleton Processing Company, retiring in 1989 and moving to 345 Pearl St. with her Mother.

Evelyn was predeceased by children Diane and Robert, husband Bernard, sisters Eleanor and Betty, brother James, and mother Helen Shaw.

Evelyn loved spending time with her family. A Gold Star Mother, she was proud of all her children. Music and dancing were important to Evelyn throughout her life. She was a born entertainer who especially loved to sing. After retiring, she enjoyed aerobics and volunteered at the Reading Senior Center for many years. Evelyn loved classic movies, musicals, her cats, spending time outdoors, and doing crossword puzzles. In her later years, she became an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.

Evelyn was the wife of the late Bernard Croce. She was the mother of Bernard A. Croce, Karen Schwartz and her husband Stan, Deborah Adams and her husband Rob, David Croce, and the late Diane and Robert Croce. Loving grandmother of Mick Croce and his wife Caroline, Benjamin Schwartz and his wife Colette and Robert Carafotes. Beloved great grandmother of Scout, Thomas and James. Dear daughter of the late James and Helen (Ingalls) Shaw. Sister of the late Eleanor, Betty, and Jimmy.

Funeral from the Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home 11 Linden St. READING Monday September 25th, 2017 at 9:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Evelyn's Eternal Life in St. Athanasius Church 300 Haverhill St. Reading at 10:30am. Interment Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share memories with the Family on Sunday September 24th, 2017 from 2pm-5pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and ramped entrance available.

Please consider making donations in memory of Evelyn to the Pleasant Street Center 49 Pleasant St. Reading, MA 01867.

For more information, www.facebook.com/BarileFamilyFuneralHome