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EVELYN JEAN (SOCHA) LEEMAN January 10, 1932 – July 13, 2023

Evelyn Jean (Socha) Leeman, 91 of Grawn passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 13th at home surrounded by family. She was born January 10, 1932 in Cheboygan, Michigan to Richard and Anna (Lundberg) Socha. She went to school in Detroit and met Donald Leeman when she was working at the local movie theater as an usherette. They married at the young ages of 17 and 19 and went on to have 4 children. She was a homemaker and dedicated her life to her family. Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family and many grandchildren who loved all the sleepovers at her house over the years, during which the whole family would join in on the fun with a late-night sleepover during a thunder storm. She also enjoyed putting together puzzles, bird watching, and taking care of many pets over the years. She loved to garden, raise chickens, play croquet, enjoy Yahtzee night, watch Tigers’ baseball and play penny poker with her friends and family. She had great faith in Jesus and loved cats.

She joins in heaven her husband Donald Gerald Leeman who passed away May 11, 2005 at the age of 75, they were married for 56 years. She is also preceded in death by her father Richard Socha, mother Anna (Lundberg) Socha, brother Richard Socha, sister Barbara Hatton, and son Gary Leeman.

Evelyn is survived by her sisters Joan (Socha) Hart and Diane Socha, her sister-in-law Maxine, and her daughters Sherri (Leeman) Strang, Theresa Leeman and Valerie (Leeman) Cascagnett. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren, Michelle “Shelly”, Laurie, Sarah, Brandon, Cory, Christopher, Marie, Jason, Rachel, Don and Matthew, along with many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Graveside service at 11:00 am at Maple Grove Cemetery in Grawn on Tuesday, July 18th. Light lunch to follow at Evelyn’s home.

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18