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Evelyn Alice Gatchel

June 26, 1929 — February 1, 2023

Evelyn A. Gatchel (Koester)

Evelyn A. Gatchel died peacefully at Duke University Hospital on February 1. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Charles H. Gatchel.

She graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, OH and was a 1951 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where she majored in music. Evelyn was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a church soloist and taught voice and piano to many. She was a secretary for a few small companies, but her favorite job was that of a travel agent. This position literally allowed her to see the world, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Evelyn and her husband moved to Durham in 2002 and became residents of Croasdaile Village.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Larry, his wife Susan and their daughter Grace of Willoughby, OH; and her daughter Cheryl Petty, her husband Howard and their son Greg of Newport, TN, and their son Jay (Amy Choi) of Vernon Hills, IL and their two children Ariel and Howie.

A celebration of life will be held at Croasdaile Village on March 28th, 2023 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.

The Gatchel Family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line condolences:, select obituaries.

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