Veronica M. "Ronnie" Evey

Date of Death: 6/20/2020

Veronica “Ronnie” Moran Evey

December 14, 1936 – June 20, 2020

Veronica Moran Evey passed away peacefully and joined her husband Merle K. Evey in heaven on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Daughter of Peter Leo and Catherine (McNamara) Moran, she was born on December 14, 1936, in Collicoon, Louisburgh, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. Her family immigrated to the United States shortly after her birth. Like so many immigrants to this country, the Moran family worked hard, and as their family grew to eight children, they became respected members of their new hometown community, Altoona, PA. “Ronnie,” as her friends and family called her, excelled in school and attended Cathedral Elementary School and graduated from Altoona Catholic High School in 1954. She had a lifelong love of reading and a personality and sense of humor that matched her fiery red hair.

She met the love of her life, Merle, when he noticed her through a window and asked about that “pretty redhead.” After Ronnie and Merle married in 1962, she dedicated her life to taking care of her family, always encouraging her daughters Eileen Evey Mulligan of Beverly, MA, and Kathleen Evey Walters of Arlington, VA, to work hard and to “practice, practice, practice.” She never forgot her Irish Catholic roots and was a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hollidaysburg, PA. One of her fondest memories was of marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City with her father, and she never missed an opportunity to celebrate her Irish heritage. 

Ronnie will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends and for her feisty nature and sharp wit. She is survived by her daughters Eileen and Kathleen; sons-in-law Paul Mulligan and Ryan Leirvik; grandchildren Kate Mulligan, Brendan Mulligan and Ava Leirvik; four of her siblings Mary Aigner (Dr. Francis Aigner), John Moran, James (Kathy) Moran and Richard (Rebecca) Moran; sister-in-law Karen Moran; and brother-in-law Hugh Garver. She was predeceased by her siblings Joseph, Michael and Peter Moran; and her sisters-in-law Barbara Moran, Mary Kay Moran and Helen Garver.

The family is holding a private funeral Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg followed by Committal at Calvary Cemetery in Altoona, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ronnie’s memory to: St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Clark Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary, Inc.

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