Evelyn was born in White Plains on June 27, 1922 to Elizabeth and Charles Lockwood. She lived her entire life in the Town of Greenburgh. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at age 99 on October 5, 2021 in her beloved home in Orchard Hill, where she lived since 1956.
Evelyn was in the first graduating class of Our Lady of Mount Carmel elementary school in Elmsford, where her father and mother were influential in the founding of the school. She was a devout Catholic and attended Mass at Mount Carmel for her entire life and as long as her health would permit. She was an active member of the Catholic Daughters at Mount Carmel. Her dear nephew, Fr. Mark Vaillancourt, who is the principal of JFK Preparatory School, attended to her spiritual needs in the later years of her life.
The family home that her father Charles Lockwood built in the 1920’s still stands proudly on Tarrytown Road in Greenburgh. Evelyn earned a high school diploma from Greenburgh High School. She and her three sisters and three brothers swam in Riley’s Pond in the summers and skated on the frozen pond in the winter.
She loved to work in the garden and she was also an expert seamstress. She was renowned for her baking skills. In her family tradition she baked the greatest pies, cakes and cookies, especially at Christmas. She made world class apple pie, banana cream pie, lemon meringue pie, prize winning spice cake and even Lord Baltimore and Lady Baltimore Cake. The recipes were passed down from her beloved mother. There were always fabulous treats ready in the kitchen for when friends and family dropped by.
She is survived by her two sons Paul Novotny, MD and Charles Novotny, Jr. as well as four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She maintained a comfortable and happy home for her husband Charles Novotny, who she married in 1947, and who passed three years ago.
Her husband Charlie and her three brothers all served proudly in WW II. She was the last surviving sibling of the seven Lockwood’s. Martha Ellrodt, Elizabeth Vaillancourt, Constance Ryan, John Lockwood, Don Lockwood and Charles G. Lockwood passed before she did. She was a proud and patriotic American and upheld the values that made America great.
Evelyn was a loving and doting wife and mother. She was a devoted sister and affectionate aunt who will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. Her father died when she was only about 10 years old and she sorely missed him her whole life. There is certainly a joyful reunification of the whole family now in Heaven.
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