Lynn — Evelyn A. (Cornell) Krause died Tuesday, May 6, at a local nursing home after a lengthy illness. She was two weeks shy of her 91st birthday.
Evelyn was the wife of the late Edward A. Krause, to whom she was married for 55 years; and the daughter of the late J. Robert and Eva (Sheahan) Cornell.
Born in Haverhill, the fifth of seven brothers and sisters, Evelyn moved to Swampscott as a child, where she attended St. John the Evangelist School. She graduated from Swampscott High School and attended Burdett College in Boston.
After she was married, Evelyn lived in Lynn for the remainder of her life.
She worked at General Electric until she had her first child, and thereafter devoted herself to being a full-time mother. Evelyn’s many hobbies, passions and activities went a long way toward defining who she was as a person.
She was a prolific poet, whose work appeared in local publications, including the Lynn Sunday Post and The Daily Item. Evelyn wrote many poems for friends and family members who were celebrating milestones in their lives; and also wrote several touching poetic eulogies for close friends. She even composed a poem praising the care she received at the Life Care Center for the North Shore in Lynn, where she spent the last four years of her life.
Music was a vital part of her life. Evelyn composed many original songs-mostly in the style of the ballads and standards she grew up listening to-and was an accomplished piano player and organist who taught those instruments to others.
A woman of great faith, she was a director of the Sacred Heart Church choir and, later, an organist there for many years. Evelyn also helped run several parish variety shows, including one for the church’s centennial celebration. She also was active in the Ladies’ Sodality at Sacred Heart, and taught religious education as well.