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“I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I have such great memories. One is of fantastic dinners with your family. And my introduction to Baklava! The...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Brian Mast - Seattle, WA

“So sorry for your loss. I've missed seeing her at church and having her hug me. My mom and dad also miss her very much, especially my mom. You always...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Maria Katsis - Fort Wayne, IN

“May God rest your soul, Aunt Evelyn. You always showed us love, made us feel welcome and shared your recipes. I'm happy you had a long life...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Vasiliki Grantsaris - Crown Point, IN

“Karen, Ted and George,What to say? Your mom was my second mom. So many great memories. There was no one more welcoming or loving than Mrs. Toscos....Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: George Petro - Glen Ellyn, IL

“We loved your mom/grandma so dearly. We have so many precious memories of her. We are so sorry for your loss, but we thank God she no longer has to...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Douglas and Karla Hofherr - IN

“God bless the entire family. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Larry & Diane Elwood

“I'm going to miss you Aunt Evelyn. You'll always have a special place in my heart. Say hi to my Dad, Uncle Tom, Yiayia & Theia Marika. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Norman Vlahos - Franklin Square, NY

Evelyn Toscos (born as Gitsa Yancheff), Passed Away Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Chapman Place, Ft Wayne
1/22/1931 - 11/22/2017
Born Gitsa Yancheff (maiden name) on January 22, 1931 in the small village of Vissinia, near the town of Kastoria, in northern Greece. She was the only child of Boris Yancheff and Slavka (maiden name Kotchoff). In 1947, after WWII, Evelyn and her mother took an ocean voyage across the Atlantic where she met her father for the first time on Ellis Island at the tender age of sixteen. After graduating from Central High School of Fort Wayne at the age of 20, Evelyn went on to work at Rea Magnet Wire. At age 23 she married her best friend's brother, Thomas Toscos. The couple became members of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, and later Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Soon thereafter, Evelyn became a stay-at-home mother and one of the best cooks in the family. She was known for her homemade bread and spontaneous cooking - in particular making fruit pies for her children and grandchildren. Crocheting, gardening, as well as jigsaw and crossword puzzles were hobbies she enjoyed in addition to cooking. However, spending time with her grandchildren was her ultimate joy. Her love was so strong that soon after Evelyn was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she summoned the strength to walk a 5K race to support her oldest granddaughter's cause to cure Type 1 Diabetes.
In addition to her deep love of her children and grandchildren, Evelyn was revered for her acts of kindness, strength, determination, and resilience. At 52 years of age she decided to conquer her fear of the water by taking swimming lessons. Determined to conquer her fear of flying, Evelyn challenged herself with a 12 hour plane ride on her first trip back to Greece in her mid-50s. In her mid-60's, Evelyn decided to return to work and found a job at Blackhawk Middle School in the kitchen, cleaning cookware. No pan could have been more clean then after she was done washing it! After moving to a senior living center in her 80's, Evelyn finished the Fort for Fitness 26.2 mile Seniors Marathon by walking one mile each week during the summer with the assistance of a walker.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, and husband Thomas. Surviving are her children Karen, Theodore (Tammy) and George Toscos and five grandchildren Zoe, Eva, Mia, Madeline, and Nicholas. Service is 11:00 AM, Saturday November 25, 2017 with entry prayers at 10 AM, Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 110 E Wallen Rd with Fr. Andrew Walsh officiating. Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road Friday, November 24, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with a Trisagion Prayer Service at 7:30 PM. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery , Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Toscos' memory to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. To sign the online guest book, go to