Evelyn L.”Evie” Zola – Class of 1933
May 21, 1924 – November 10, 2003. Evelyn L. “Evie” Zola, 79, of Benicia passed away peacefully at her home in Concord. She was born in Chicago and lived in Milwaukee for many years before moving to Concord in 1987. Evelyn worked as a Sign Language teacher for more than 30 years before retiring last year. She started at the University of Wisconsin and then at St. John’s School for the Deaf. After moving to California, she taught at Martinez Adult School and at Contra Costa Community College. She was a member of several organizations associated with her profession including The National Association of the Deaf; Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf and the Jewish Hall of Fame. Evelyn in survived by her son Fred Zola and his wife Nieves Vargas of Benicia; daughter Sue Carol Zola of Tarzana, CA; brother Ira Lipshutz of Chicago; grandchildren Matthew Zola and Monica Varga and great grandchildren Kendal & Karen Vargas. She was preceded in death by her husband Philip Zola in 1991. Memorial services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday at Passalacqua Funeral Chapel. Inurnment will be private. Family prefers donations to Deaf, Visual & Performing Artists or Fremont Oak Gardens, 920 Monterey Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94127.
Published in the Contra Costa Times on 11/12/2003.