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Evangeline "Eva" Magawa

Evangeline "Eva" Magawa

Evangeline “Eva” Magawa, 101, of Bemidji, MN, died Monday, February 18, 2013 at Havenwood Care Center.

Memorial Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 22, 2013 at Havenwood Care Center with Pastor Fred Martin officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Ardenhurst Cemetery, Itasca County, MN.

Evangeline Catherine Sampson was born November 11, 1911 in Eckles Township, Beltrami County, MN to Konrad and Brita (Joutsennimi) Sampson. She grew up in Eckles Township and attended school in Wilton, MN through the 8th grade. After Eva completed eighth grade, her family had to make a decision. To continue her schooling in the area, she would have to go to Bemidji and board there with a local family. There was no daily transportation option. An older sister had tried that. But the host family in Bemidji worked her too hard and she never had time to study. Three of her sisters already were living in New York, so Eva, her mother, brother and another sister went to stay with them. Eva then began attending high school in Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. She and her site impaired sister began going to Lighthouse, an organization that offered dances, camps and recreation for the vision impaired. Eva volunteered there, helping with the programs. After she attended high school, she worked in New York City with British Insurance. She was a stenographer and dictaphone operator. That work actually spared her a bit from the pains of the Great Depression. Her work with a foreign company kept her employed. She continued volunteering with Lighthouse. Later, she was offered a job there, so she left the insurance business. On December 13, 1946 she married Robert Magawa in Elmhurst, NY, following their marriage they moved to Northome, MN. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Northome, MN and Evangelical Free Church, Bemidji. Eva had a strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and had grown in her love for him tremendously in the last 20 years. She looked forward to eternity with her Lord.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Pam) Magawa of Bemidji.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Magawa; 2 brothers and 7 sisters.

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