IJ Morris at Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches
9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, FL
November 25, 1925 – September 17, 2019
EVELYN EICHEN, 93, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, passed away on September 17, 2019. Beloved wife to the late Seymour for 64 years. Devoted mother to Sharon and Paul Kazaras, Wendy and Robert Plasko, Davida Rosenblum, and the late Carl. Cherished grandmother of Meredith Hackett (Geoff) and Allison Kazaras, Rachel Eichen (Tom Pokorny), Marissa and Daniel Plasko, and Jared Rosenblum. Loving daughter of Max and Celia Kraus and dear sister of the late Jacob Kraus (Jack) and the late Herbert Kraus (Harry). Also survived by caring sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews.
Raised in the Bronx, NY, Mom met Dad at a blind-date party arranged with a girlfriend in early 1946, inviting eligible bachelors chosen from want-ads placed by returning GIs. For Seymour (Chemist, age 24, single, from Brooklyn), it was love at first sight! Her future father-inlaw, Sam Eichen, took her to buy her wedding gown in NYC’s Garment District during her lunch hour, and her in-laws were delighted to finally have a “daughter” after four sons. Mom spent 35 years in Allentown, PA raising her family, and was an active member of Temple Beth-El and the Jewish Community Center. She and Dad moved to South Florida in 1985, where they started a new chapter as devoted members of Temple Beth-David. Mom was a die-hard Yankees and Michigan Wolverines fan, avid reader, knitter, and lifelong Democrat. Although Alzheimer's diminished her last few years, she was spared the pain of losing our brother Carl in 2014.
Mom baked delicious mint brownies but had an unfortunate affinity for pressure-cooking unpopular vegetables. Instead of eating with us, she sat on the pink bench from the telephone table and waited on us, having eaten a jar of Vita pickled herring an hour before. She loved making chopped liver from scratch, grinding it into brown worms while we watched, horrified. She cooked like HER mother did...most things in a covered pot with a few inches of water. In her later years, she was known for her Apple-Pear cake, made without sugar, and for storing things in their old microwave, which actually went on with the door OPEN!
Mom was always our advocate when we were wrongly persecuted by narrow-minded school teachers. She took us to innumerable eye doctor, dentist, and orthodontist appointments (4 kids with glasses and braces), clipping coupons with her folding scissors from the waiting-room magazines. She was an expert at hiding cookies and other forbidden goodies in the dryer, the piano, etc. in a vain attempt to keep us kids from getting fat. Once we caught on, we began to hide the treasure we found from HER! Mom was devoted to her family and lived a good and righteous life. She put up with a lot from Dad, but could dish it out as well. She didn’t tolerate fools and if she didn’t want to do something, she’d say “Ohh, no!!” She spent her last 7 years in the Memory Care unit of Brookdale Palm Beach Gardens, and was surrounded by her wonderful group of caregivers when she died. Their genuine kindness and caring clearly made a qualitative difference in Mom’s life, for which our family will always be grateful.
A loving tribute to Mom was held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at IJ Morris Star of David Funeral Chapel of the Palm Beaches, 9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412, (561) 627-2277. Donations may be made to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum at ushmm.org or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
- Funeral Service for Evelyn Eichen Friday, September 20, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, September 20, 2019