Evelyn M Freel Austin

December 4, 1933July 26, 2011

. Evelyn M. Austin, 77, of Lima, Ohio died peacefully on July 26th at Springview Manor Nursing Home in Lima following a courageous battle with Heart Disease. She was born December 4th, 1933 to Matthew and Glenda (Gorney) Freel who preceded her in death. On August 20th, 1955, she married John Randall Austin who also preceded her death.

Mrs. Austin retired in 1999 after 28 years of service as an administrative assistant at WIMA Radio in Lima. She enjoyed music, playing cards and most importantly spending time with her beloved family. Her gracious and giving spirit as well as her contagious sense of humor will be forever remembered.

Survivors include 3 children, John (Betsy) Austin of Dublin, Ohio, Shelley (Darrell) Klima of Lima, Ohio and Jeffrey (Lavonda) Austin of Lebanon, Ohio. Four grandchildren include Angela Austin, Marissa Austin, Heather Austin and Lance Austin. Evelyn has one surviving brother, Lamar (Sally) Freel of South Bend, Indiana. Two brothers, William Freel and Phillip Freel of South Bend, Indiana are deceased.

Friends may call between 2 and 7 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2011 at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home in Lima, Ohio. There will also be a graveside ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30th at Highland Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Condolences can be expressed at


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 30, 2011
  • Calling Hours Friday, July 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 29, 2011

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Jeff Austin

July 23, 2012

One year is coming up Mom. Its hard to believe as it feels like yesterday. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you in some way. I will never forget you and will always love you. I miss you so much!!! Jeff

Darrell Klima

November 22, 2011

Hi Mom - I really miss you.You have been a part of my life since 12/15/95. I will never forget the time we had talking when Shelley was in school an you watched Winston. Those all were very special to me and I will never forget. I just want to write to you and let you know I (We) miss you and Love you very Much. Now that you are in the Hands of God, may you have the Peace of God and the Love of your Family. I will talk to you soon and Shelley and I will be in to Visit for your B-Day. We Love You.

July 30, 2011

I can't even put into words how much I will miss you. In the time I have had you in my life it has just been amazing. I have learned so many things from you, like songs and learning how to be a women and just so many things. This is the hardest thing that I have ever done grandma because I didn't want to say goodbye at all. All I know is that we will be together again someday so it is never goodbye only I'll see you soon. I'll always have a special place in my heart for you.
I love you so much grandma.

Nathan Mast

July 30, 2011

You have been the center of this family for the past 20 years. I consider it a privilege to have known you for the past 6 years.
I had the chance to witness the multiple lives that you have affected in such a positive way. You made this world a better place for all who have known you, and life without your physical presence will be difficult. Thank you for being such a great grandmother. We love you for all you have done, and thank God for the times we had with you over the years.

Betsy Austin

July 29, 2011


From the very first time I met you at 16 years old, you told me to call you "Mom." And I did, for the next 36 years. You took me under your wings & treated me as if I were your own. As if I were your daughter. We cried together, we laughed together & we danced together. I will always cherish all the wondeful moments I was able to share with you & feel so blessed to have known you. You touched my life & I will never forget your beautiful smile, your wonderful sense of humor, & the love you had for your family. I will miss you "Mom", more than you could ever know, but you will always remain in my heart forever. I love you.

Angela Austin

July 29, 2011

My Dearest were and always will be so very loved by all of us. You have impacted my life in so many ways and helped to make me into the woman I am today. Thank you for all of the advice, love and support you gave to me through the years. It will never be forgotten and I will always hold a place for you in my heart. Rest with the angels now Grandma...God will take good care of you. I will love you today, tomorrow and for always..

Marissa Austin

July 29, 2011

Grams- I am the luckiest girl in the world to have had 24 years with the best grandmother in the Your words, your wisdom, your laughter, our talks, and all of the beautiful memories we made together will forever be in my heart. You taught me so many things in life...To believe in myself and my dreams, to smile during times I didn't think it was possible, to never forget to tell the ones you love that you love them, the importance of family, you've shown me how to be strong even when life throws you curve balls...and so much more...even how to yodel. Thank you for always being there and creating the best family in the universe. You will forever live on in all of us. I love you forever and always.

Shelley Klima

July 29, 2011

As most know, my mother was my hero, my inspiration, and my very best friend....She was my heart and soul in life, as she will be in death...A stronger, more beautiful human being, I will never know....I want to share that I am so blessed to be able to carry on her legacy of love and compassion as the true gifts she always gave to her children ,and anyone who was ever graced by the gift of her presence...How blessed we are....There truly is another angel in heaven, and Mom no longer has to fight for the peace she so deserves...I will miss her every day, but will carry on because of the strength and dignity she taught us....No words could ever completely describe the bond we had....And , it will remain in my heart forever....I love you Mom....Although I can no longer be with you here on Earth, I am comforted to know you will most likely be by my side as I weather the rest of my life......Your Shelley

John Austin, Jr.

July 29, 2011


One of the lights of my life is no longer shining. I'll never be able to put into words what you meant to our family and to me. I'll miss our special talks that we always had. I'll miss your sense of humor, I'll miss your presence at all of the family get togethers. Most of all, I'll miss you in my life. One day we will all be together again, but for now rest in peace Mom , take Dad's hand and know that your family will keep your torch burning in our hearts every day.

John, Jr.

Carly Szymanowski

July 29, 2011

I love you Auntie Ev You will forever be in our hearts! We miss you