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“We are so sorry for the loss of Evelyn. We all had such a great time this past summer in Cragsmoor and are so glad we were able to spend time with...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: David and Bridget Matz - Acton, MA

“It has been a joy and blessing to have known Evie for these 33 years. She shared her love for so many things with her family. We enjoyed a trip to...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: KAREN HORNING - LARGO

“Sending condolences to Sandy and her family. From Portfolio Management, Verizon Credit Inc. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Tammy Ivey - Tampa, FL

“Evelyn was always so supportive of everyone. She had a smile and a word of encouragement to me when I was president. She always would let me know...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley Bassford - St. Petersburg, FL

“That smile and chuckle like laughter will be missed. My life was very blessed to have had Harold as a brother and especially blessed that he choose...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: paul horning - cape charles, VA

“There are some people in our life that we can never repay for their kind and simple acts that shape our lives and create a lifetime of memories. ...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Gil Fritz - Sinking Spring, PA

“My dear Mrs. Horning guided me through the second grade, lovingly, surely, at a time when my own mom was far away and I was scared. As said before, I...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: John Meros - St. Petersburg, FL

“We are so profoundly grateful for the beautiful life of Evie. She made a lasting imprint on each of us with her positive outlook, her loving...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ken and Pat Matz - Lititz, PA

“We will leave words from a hymn that are well-suited for our dear sister and aunt. O That Will Be Glory When all my labors and trials are o'er,...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Jane Grote and Lynne Grote Breil - PA

“Sandy, I am sure you will miss your mother terribly - I enjoyed meeting her at Christa's 31 party - what a dynamic lady. My sympathy & prayers are...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Sally Loesch - Dunedin, FL

“My prayers are with the family. She was such a wonderful person and always so gracious. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Maureen (Spears)Rogers - FL

“We have lost a friend that always had a smile and showed love and concern for others. Evelyn was a positive, kind, and jovial person. All five of...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Karl, Anna Mae, and Lisa Peterson, Mark Smith, and Erik Peterson - PA

“Evelyn was a great influence in deciding my career. She took me for my interview and test to enter West Chester State College. On the way home we...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Charles and Sally Matz - NY

“...You will always be remembered for all the good times we shared. I will miss our phone conversations every Saturday morning. I was so blessed to...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Jane (Matz) Grote - Mohnton, PA


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Evie Horning, 91, of Clearwater (formerly of St. Petersburg), passed away January 17, 2013. She was born in Angelica, PA, to the late Aquilla and Charles Matz. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, her sisters Arlene Fritz and Alverta Whitman. She is survived by her three children and their families: Suzann and Bob Furney and son Rob; Steve and Karen Horning; Sandy and John Bascom and sons Tim and Michael. She is also survived by her sister Mary Jane Grote and brothers Kenny Matz (Pat) and Charles Matz (Sally) and many nieces and nephews.

Evie graduated from Shillington High School and then worked hard to put herself through Kutztown State Teachers College where she got a degree in Elementary Education. She started her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse teaching all six grades. In addition to teaching, she played the organ and directed the choir at Alleghenyville Reformed Church for many years. Evelyn married her one true love, Harold, after he returned from service in World War II. They were married for 64 1/2 years before his death in 2011. Evie "retired" from teaching and had three loving children: Suzann, Steve and Sandy. In 1956, they moved to St. Petersburg for their children's health. As soon as Sandy entered kindergarten, Evie decided it was time to continue her love of teaching and over the next 30+ years would teach at Lakewood, George Lynch, 54th Avenue and North Shore Elementary schools. She had the honor of being inducted into the honorary teaching sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma and was very active for many years. She was also an active member of the South County Retired Teachers Association. Near the end of her teaching career, she and Harold purchased a weekend retreat "Horning Haven" in Arrowhead, near Ocala. They enjoyed many years of relaxing near the Withlacoochee River with their family.

Her three children married and she had three grandsons whom she loved dearly. She and Harold decided to move closer to the grandsons and "retire by the lake." She remained very active and enjoyed swim, chair and low-impact aerobics at their clubhouse. She loved traveling and took every opportunity to do so. She would visit her family in PA and was able to attend her brother's 50th wedding anniversary last summer. Harold always said, if the car moved Evie was in it! In addition to her love of traveling, Evie was an excellent card player! She routinely won at Hearts, Progresso, and Hausey.

Unfortunately in September she fell and broke her hip. This started a decline in health that she couldn't stop. She was a real trooper and worked very hard to recover. We want to give special thanks to one of her nurses whom she adopted as the granddaughter she never had, Chelsie Burnett. She lived her life as an excellent role model and Godly woman. Her family is very proud to have called her Mom and Grandma and she will be dearly missed. Her mind was sharp until the very end and she loved doing the jumble puzzles even on the day she died.