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Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home

90 Weathersfield Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL

OBITUARY

Evelyn Cohen Vihlen

January 16, 1930June 18, 2020

Evelyn Cohen Vihlen, 90, of Altamonte Springs, Florida passed away on June 18, 2020. She was born on January 16, 1930 in Bronx, New York to the late Jacob and Bella (Kaplan) Cohen.

Below is a Tribute to Evelyn written by Shelley Dittmer.

A Tribute to Evelyn Vihlen

“When you get Handed Lemons, Make Lemonade”

That seems to be the motto of Evelyn Vihlen, our Treasurer for OAGO for over thirty years!

After Bladder cancer and surgery resulting in a Urostomy in 1982, Evelyn joined our local chapter of the Ostomy Association of Greater Orlando a year later. She has been assisting new ostomates ever since.

She was the secretary for a couple of years before taking on the Treasurer’s position.

But Treasurer is just a hint of all the duties that Evelyn has performed. Besides collecting dues and donations; submitting reports to the state, keeping the member list, giving tips to new ostomates, Evelyn has always been the “Coffee” lady at the meetings.

For many years, Evelyn assisted our longtime newsletter editor, Viola Huttoe with the labeling and sorting the bulk mailing of the newsletter. This was not an easy job before the age of computers.

Oh, yes, and then there are the thousands of dollars of supplies collected and shared with the less fortunate by Evelyn and her compatriots. When the stash got too large, she would box up and mail pouches to Friends of Ostomates Worldwide, the group that sends ostomy supplies to foreign countries in need.

It is obvious that Evelyn like to be busy. After getting married in 1952 and leaving her job at Electrolux in New York, Evelyn and her husband moved with the Army, eventually arriving in Seminole County where they had a son, Gary J. (Jennifer) Lannan and a daughter, Susan (Jody Larriviere) Lannan. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Natalie E. (Joe) Coyle and Phillip M. Lannan, niece, Michele Pasternak and nephews, David E. Cohen and Reid Pasternack.

She also worked at First National Bank of Orlando (now SunTrust) for 26 years, one of those years being awarded “Employee of the Year”.

Then off to work at Heart of Florida United Way for ten years.

Do not think that Evelyn only volunteered for UOA. She did attend national conferences over the years, including Boston, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, always participating in the “Fun Run” She was even on the team that hosted the UOA National Conference in Orlando in 1994, a big job as you can imagine.

She still found time to usher at performances at the Civic Theater, Reparatory Theater, and Shakespeare Theater in Orlando; assist at the Orlando Museum of Art “Festival of Trees”; hostess the Cancer Resource Library at Florida Hospital ; help with RSVP of Seminole County, act as treasurer for Altamonte Women’s Club and knit booties for newborns at Florida Hospital.

We know there are many who want to say their goodbyes and show their respect for Evelyn, unfortunately due to COVID-19, for the safety of all concerned, it breaks our hearts but we must restrict those coming to the funeral to only immediate family and close friends who are completely well to comply with the 50% (80 people) capacity mandated by the CDC. Masks are suggested. We appreciate your support in this difficult decision. Please visit www.baldwinfairchildwestaltamonte.com and offer condolences and take a moment to write a tribute.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 22, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 22, 2020

Memories

Evelyn Cohen Vihlen

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Tammy Odom

June 24, 2020

I would like to give my condolences to Susan Lannan my coworker. Just would like to say, although this is very difficult time my prayers are with you and your family at this time. You have a new angel watching over you. Love, Tammy Odom

Liz Cryder

June 23, 2020

You have been in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott and I are so sorry about your loss, I know you were close to your mother and such a wonderful daughter, taking care of her needs.,
May she Rest In Peace.
Love Scott and Liz

Peggy Cornelius

June 22, 2020

Susan your mom was just like you .
Always smiling and easy going.
I remember her smile especially when
Being around her Daughter ❤️.
You are a great daughter and I know Evelyn was proud of You. ❤️
Love You
Peg

Tammy Norman

June 22, 2020

You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. May your mother RIP and may her memories wrap you in love.
XOXO
Kim, Tammy & Elle

Kathy Ford

June 21, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Evelyn, sending prayers of comfort.

Patrick Gessel

June 21, 2020

I have lost a friend and mentor who I loved dearly. She was an inspiration to me and to all she served.

Patrick Gessel
Former President of the Ostomy Association of Greater Orlando

Jody Larriviere

June 20, 2020

Evelyn was a great world traveler who visited more than 30 countries in all continents. She also retained her love of books by listening to books on tape when she was no longer able to read. Evelyn enjoyed serving as treasurer for the many organizations she was a member of and the enduring friendships she treasured.

Jan Malone

June 19, 2020

My husband Tom & I met Evelyn in Galveston though her daughter Susan. She was a joy to be around & We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet her.
The last time we saw Evelyn she was trying to teach us the Macarena.
She will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY