Evelyn Jeanne Nielsen of North Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Warwick, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020. She was 81 years old.
The daughter of the late William Rutan and Myra Houston Rutan, she was born on March 12, 1939, in Thiells.
Evelyn is survived by her son and his wife Richard and Nancy Scheuermann, her grandson and his wife Alexander and Elizabeth Scheuermann, and her many, many friends in New York and Florida.
After Evelyn’s passing, her grandson Derek Scheuermann passed away on October 4, 2020.
Evelyn was known as the life of the party. If she wasn’t dancing the polka to Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, she was pouring beer with her friends at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches or sharing happy hour bar bites at Cucina Cabana or Sandpiper’s Cove.
Evelyn loved to travel, especially in Europe, visiting her son and daughter-in-law while they lived in Switzerland. Her love of travel led her to open a successful travel agency, World Travel Service, in Warwick.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Warwick Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the J. Craig Venter Institute (www.jcvi.org) to support infectious disease research.
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