July 30, 1936 – November 3, 2019
Evelyn Burkholz departed peacefully from this earth on November 3rd, 2019 after a short illness.
She was born in Manhattan, NY many years ago to Sal and Rachael Rodriquez. Evelyn was educated in the New York Public School System and graduated from Pace University with a Business degree. Her parents started saving for college as soon as she was born because they had grand ideas for her future.
During her time in college, Evelyn met Harvey Burkholz who was smitten by her brains and beauty. Following a long engagement, she married Harvey and had twenty-nine amazing years filled with lots of fun, friends and wine.
After living in NYC, they eventually moved to Central Pennsylvania and opened Greenwich Village Art Center in Camp Hill. When Harvey died suddenly, Evelyn resiliently marched forward with a strong resolve as she was now an independent woman running her own business. Her years at Greenwich were busy and enjoyable as she worked with loyal customers to bring art into their homes. Evelyn found great pleasure sharing her passion with others. Hoover Rehabilitation Center, Country Meadows and Holy Spirit Hospital are but a few of the businesses she left her mark on.
In 2006, she really switched gears and became a substitute teacher after attending a Guest Teacher Program with the C.A.I.U. Her years in the public school system were some of her most fulfilling. She started with the West Shore School District and eventually was a familiar face at Cumberland Valley High School, Eagle View Middle School and the former Good Hope Middle School. She made a lot of new friends who remained loyal even in her final days. The students referred to her as “Miss B.” and they enjoyed her wit and wisdom in the classroom. Evelyn was known as the only substitute who would come to school in a fur coat. School staff who were initially intrigued by her soon came to love her as one of their own. She was a teacher at heart and enjoyed spending time with young people.
Evelyn enjoyed close friends, going out to eat, subbing, music and spending time with her dog Molly. You would frequently find her with a glass of wine in her hand, engaging in colorful conversation and hand gestures with those she loved. She is survived by her sweet Molly and friends from all walks of life.
You can honor Evelyn’s spirit through acts of kindness and open-mindedness in an ever-changing world. She always put people first and would drop everything at a moment’s notice to help anyone in need. Friends came first to her and if you were her friend, you were a friend forever. “People First” was her motto and she lived this through her daily actions. Devoted friends in her final days displayed grace under pressure, endless love and provided round the clock care. Evelyn made an impact on their lives and their actions reflected how much she meant to them. Sincere gratitude goes to this group of amazing women who Evelyn often referred to as her “Angels”. They were selflessly there for her at the end of her life; there are no adequate words to express how much they meant to her. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have done.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to any organization that benefits animal welfare. You can also honor Evelyn’s memory by going out of your way to help a friend or even a stranger in need. Rest peacefully dear sweet Evelyn.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Cedar Cliff Student
November 6, 2019
Mrs. B was a sub were often saw at school. Literally the thing about the fur jacket, that's how we knew it was her. I remember one day in 8th she wore Gucci slides- Iconic. When one of our teachers told us that she had passed, we all threw a fit. We were all distraught to hear that the most famous sub at our school would not be coming back. Mrs. B will be missed at Cedar Cliff. Rest In Peace, ma'am.
Just a Cedar Cliff Student
November 6, 2019
Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn . What can I say ? I will miss you dearly my friend. I know I definitely feel the void. I am glad I got to spend alot of time with you. We may have been sitting quietly or chatting you were always good for a story. Even though you knew you weren’t going to make it through your illness your attitude and strength are something I could only hope to possess!! You had many angels here on earth. Don’t forget to send me that big feather! Now you can dance with Harvey! I love you so much . Thanks for being a part of my life. I will never forget you my friend.
November 6, 2019
Evelyn was an amazing lady I worked with her when she was at CV. She was so caring , kind and looked great. RIP Evelyn💗Pam
November 5, 2019
Miss B brought a smile to my face every single time I saw her walking the halls at Cedar Cliff High School and Allen Middle School. The first time I met Miss B was around 2013 in a classroom with just a few kids. For three days she looked after these students and we really got along because we were not doing much. She started to notice how bored I was and the next day brought me some of her old Harpers Bazar magazines. From that moment on, Miss B and I would have long conversations about her past and my future and always trying to convince me to move to NYC. It was always a wonderful time when I saw her. She will be deeply missed.