Evelyn Elizabeth Poteralski

Evelyn Elizabeth Poteralski - Webster, NY - Rochester Cremation

Evelyn Elizabeth Poteralski, May 7, 2020. 84 Years old, Webster NY.

Evelyn is predeceased by her parents, Orland and Lena Severance, son John and son in-law Chris.  Survived by her loving husband of 63 years Paul Sr., her children Paul Jr., (Janet), Joanne (Carol) and Mark, seven Grandchildren: James (Jackie), Nichole (Zach), Michael, Kristi (Heather), Mike, Kiara (CJ), and Shane and ten Great-Grandchildren: Nicholas, Taylor, Destiny, Isiah, James, Mark, Holly, Tyler, Hunter and Aubrey. Brother in-law Zygmunt, Sisters in-law Patricia (John), Lottie (George) numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many treasured friends.

Evelyn loved quilting, crafts, cards, board games, travel and adventures with her family and friends. Evelyn worked at Xerox Manufacturing in Webster, New York for many years prior to her retirement in 1992.

While attending the Rochester School for the Deaf, Evelyn met Paul, the love of her life.  Throughout the Rochester deaf community Evelyn is known for creation and design of the “I Love You” symbol by combining the letters “I”, “L”, and “Y” in a single hand gesturewhile she and Paul were sweethearts at RSD.

This secretly symbolized their deep affection and true love for each other long before their friends knew its significance then and impact today.

A church memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Church of the Deaf, Rochester, NY at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable donations be made to either the Rochester School for the Deaf, 1545 St. Paul Street, Rochester NY 14621; the Pluta Cancer Center, 125 Red Creek Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, or Emmanuel Church of The Deaf, 34 Monica Street, Rochester, NY 14619.

10 Condolences

  1. Shirley Cooligan on May 9, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Evelyn has touched so many lives including mine I have
    So many memories of her from our foursome trips to
    Many craft and games we gathered for. A huge loss! May she fly free until we meet up again. God speed my friend!

  2. Angela Mauro on May 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Evelyn was one of the kindest human beings in this world. I remember how impressed I was with her kindness and honesty when I was a 10 years old dorm student at RSD and she was one of my“floor monitors” .After I graduated from RSD. 8 years later, I got the opportunity to see her again along with Paul and her kids and we became close friends over the years. I will never forget how good she was to me .. and the fun we had. She will always hold a special place in my heart..
    Fly Free, my dear friend .. I love you , always.🤟🏼
    My Love and Condolences to Paul and the family. 🙏🏻💜🤟🏼

  3. Barbara and Dana Carlile on May 9, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Evelyn is one of the kindest person we ever met. Had a lot of fond memories with her and Paul. We camped together, make crafts, being neighbors and sometimes have lunch with her while we worked at Xerox before she retired. She will be sorely missed by young and old who knew her. Our condolences to Paul and his family💜🤟🏻💜.

    Fly free with our love!💜🤟🏻💜

    Barbara and Dana

  4. Jim Putnam on May 9, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    So Sorry, I went to school with Paul jr and worked at Kodak with Paul Sr. who taught me some sign language. A super guy and I am so sorry for their loss.

  5. Meredith Cullen on May 9, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Evelyn is one of the kindest person we ever met had a lot of fond memories with her and Paul. We went together Ladies retreat in Wellfeet,Cape cod. I will never forget how good she was to me and the fun we had. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My love and condolences to Paul and the Family.
    Meredith and Patrick Cullen 🙏😔🤟

  6. Sally Skyer on May 9, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Evelyn was a sweet and fun lady to be with. She and no were long time members of a craft group that met monthly. I loved her smile, her sense of humor and her skilled crafts person.

    She is with her son and parents in Heaven. God bless her and may she rest free from pain.

  7. “Babs” Coulston on May 9, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I first met Evelyn when she came to RSD after being schooled in Maine where she used ASL. I was excited because I also used ASL with my deaf parents at home.. (RSD used the fingerspelling method only at that time). and we became friends ever since.. Evelyn will be greatly missed by me and her many friends and family.
    Fly Free until we meet again.
    Love you always ,
    “Babs” Coulston

  8. Dawn Coffin on May 10, 2020 at 2:43 am

    I can find no words. A huge loss.

  9. Georgie Neimeyer on May 10, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Losing Evelyn is a big, big loss. A wonderful friend ….We all loved her.. She had a heart of gold .. Very, very sweet and kind.
    I will always love you, my dearest friend . Evelyn Poteralski.

    Georgie Neimeyer

  10. Cindy Keller (Baribault) & Eleanor Baribault on May 20, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Mom and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to your family. I remember fondly back in the days of deaf church with Father Erdle, and donuts served by Mary. Us kids would play around together. Mom working with Evelyn and Paul on different church events. Evelyn was a wonderful, friendly person, always smiling. Our best to you and hugs during this difficult time. May the memory of Evelyn live forever in your hearts. God Bless. Cindy Keller (Baribault) & Eleanor Baribault.

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