Collazo-Walker, Evelyn

Passed: June 01, 2015

Collazo-Walker, Evelyn

Passed: June 01, 2015

Obituary

Our beautiful and free spirited friend, Evelyn Collazo–Walker, was born on March 24th 1951 and raised in New York City, in a close-knit family that included her three brothers, Gregory, Freddie and Angelo, Jr. and their loving mother, Martha.  Evelyn attended Junior High School #52 and Morris High School in the Bronx.  She attended St. Roch’s Catholic Church throughout her childhood and had a close relationship with The Lord.

A dedicated student, Evelyn attended State University at Stony Brook, NY and graduated in 1974, as a Registered Nurse (BSN).  She gave birth to her beloved daughter, Melinda Sweitzer–Green, on October 6, 1974.  Evelyn loved being a mother and took great pleasure and pride in raising Melinda. Evelyn worked in the oncology field in New York City.

In January 1979, she relocated to California in search of her dream for a better life.  Evelyn continued to work in her field in Los Angeles, CA. Committed to her profession in  1998, she completed a master’s degree in nursing and received her Nurse Practitioner Certificate.  Devoted to healing Evelyn volunteered in various community projects in the hope of making a positive impact on diverse and underserved populations of Southern California.

The happiest changes in her life were the births of her grandchildren, Mark (Markie), Jr. and Gabrielle (Gabby) Green.  She loved them dearly and was very proud of her grandchildren.

Evelyn moved to Arizona in 2006, which ultimately culminated in her meeting Jim Walker in 2008.  She told friends, “There is something very special about this man, he treats me like a queen”. They married on Valentine’s Day in 2009.  Evelyn and Jim enjoyed visiting family and friends, traveling, and volunteering in community and church functions.

An intelligent, beautiful, vivacious woman, Evelyn enjoyed and loved her Puerto Rican cultural heritage; from the food to the music to dancing salsa; a true a Boricua at heart! She had a passion for art and painting.  It became her hobby and passion.

On May 20th at 12:05 pm, Evelyn Collazo-Walker passed away to be with her Lord and Savior.  As a true believer in Christ, Evelyn now resides in a place where there is no pain or suffering with her beloved husband Jim.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Melinda Green and grandchildren, Mark Jr and Gabrielle Green, and her three brothers, Gregory, Freddie and Angelo Jr., and many close cousins and friends.

Evelyn and Jim will remain forever in our hearts.

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5 responses to Collazo-Walker, Evelyn

  1. My dear Evelyn:
    Although we weren’t friends for very long, I called you my angel. I am so sorry that I didn’t get to spend more time with you. You were such a beautiful person and I admired your spirit and creativity. Rest in peace Angel Evelyn.

  2. DJ says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of Evelyn Collazo-Walker. From reading her tribute she sounds like a warm hearted person that was loved by many. I look forward to meeting her someday. Until we are all reunited with our loved ones again, may the God of all comfort, comfort your family during this time. -Isaiah 25:8

  3. I painted side by side with Evelyn for the last 4 years in our art class every Saturday. We also enjoyed going to lunch together with our art instructor. We had a great time shopping for scarfs this past Christmas. Evelyn was a vivacious woman who enjoyed life. She loved to paint and I loved all of her colorful expressions. My heart was deeply saddend with the news of her passing. I will miss her very much.

  4. Judy Walenta says:

    Evelyn was my best friend and “partner in crime’ in nursing school. In her early years she moved around a lot, causing me to frantically search until I found her again.
    The last time I “found” her was in 2009 – before she married Jim. We talked on the phone often, sometimes for hours. Somehow I didn’t realize that a whole year had gone by since we spoke. I did an Internet search and discovered the sad news. Now there is a Evelyn sized hole in my life.
    She was, and certainly still is an angel. My heartfelt love and sympathy for her precious daughter Melinda and her 2 beloved grandchildren. Melinda, dear, I would love to hear from you.

    1. Judy Walenta says:

      OK to publish email. Would li to hear from Melinda.

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