Regina Cecilia McEvoy of Falmouth Heights died December 21 at the age of 88.
She was the wife of John T. McEvoy. The McEvoys owned and operated Falmouth Beef & Deli in North Falmouth and, in 1984, purchased the skate shop at Falmouth Ice Arena in its former location on Skating Lane. At the time of her husband’s death on September 14, 2019, the couple had been married for 64 years.
The daughter of John and Regina (Schnappauf) Gegenwarth, she was born in Elmhurst Queens, New York, and spent the summers of her childhood in Dennisport. It was during her summer as a 16-year-old that she met John McEvoy, and several weeks after completing her undergraduate degree in early education at Queens College in 1955, she married him.
They made their home on Cape Cod and lived in Falmouth for more than 50 years.
Ms. McEvoy’s career in education began in Hanson, where she taught 1st grade. But with the birth of her first child she focused fully on motherhood, ultimately raising 11 children. When her youngest entered kindergarten, she became a substitute teacher in the Falmouth Public Schools. As a proponent of education, she inspired all her children to earn their college degrees.
She also served as a Girl Scout leader, and was a catechism teacher and Eucharistic minister at St. Patrick’s Church for more than 30 years. Ms. McEvoy was the recipient of a Marian Medal in 2003 in recognition of her service to the parish.
She found enjoyment in reading and baking, and liked to sew, paint and draw; also a gardener, among her blooming plants were hydrangeas she grew on the grounds of her home.
She leaves five daughters, Marjorie A. Egan, Kathleen P. Allen, Michelle E. Gonzalez McEvoy, Suzanne Stamp and Jacqueline Hogan; five sons, Christopher P. McEvoy, Mark F. McEvoy, Kevin T. McEvoy, Richard M. McEvoy and Sean J. McEvoy; 22 grandchildren; two siblings; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Regina M. McEvoy, who died in May 2020 from complications of COVID-19; and three siblings.
Visiting hours will be Monday, January 3, from 3 to 7 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, January 4, at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth, followed by burial at 12:30 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.