In memory of
Evelyn Ann Retamal
In memory of
Evelyn Ann Retamal
Evelyn Ann Retamal Evelyn Ann Retamal passed away on April 6th, 2020, in her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was 85 years old. Born December 15, 1934 in Elmhurst, Illinois, Evelyn was one of 4 children born to Frederick Otto and Evelyn Charlotte (Walker) Ruopp. After graduating from York High School in 1952, Evelyn entered a 3-year Catholic nursing school with the hopes of embarking on a long and fulfilling career in medicine. Disillusioned by the demands placed on nursing students as well as by the patriarchal culture of medicine at that time, Evelyn left the program shortly before graduating in 1955. This experience would lay the foundation for her later activism around women's equality. In 1953, Evelyn met and fell in love with Robert Bruce Anderson, an insurance businessman and retired U.S. Air Force B29 tail gunner. They married in 1956 and settled in his hometown of Elgin, Illinois. Their marriage was a happy one, but sadly cut short by Bruce's tragic death shortly after the birth of their third child in 1961. Two years later, Evelyn and her children moved to Southern California to restart their lives and it was in this sunny setting of Los Angeles that she fell in love with Sergio Retamal, a charismatic attorney from South America. They married in 1966, had two children together, and settled in Sherman Oaks, California. It was during this period of her life that Evelyn became deeply involved in the Women's Movement. She was an active member and contributing writer for the local chapter of the National Organization for Women and a regular participant in events and protests around Los Angeles. In addition to her writing for NOW, Evelyn wrote nonfiction, short stories, and poetry for children and adults, a number of which appeared in juvenile and feminist publications throughout the early 1970s. After her youngest child began school, Evelyn entered law school while continuing her activism work and writing, all while raising a family of five. After passing the California Bar in 1978, Evelyn and Sergio worked together over the next 20 years at their Indio, California law practice, Retamal & Retamal, Attorneys at Law. A respected family law attorney, Evelyn was known for her keen sense of justice and deep concern for her clients. Evelyn loved practicing law and, in her later years, particularly enjoyed sitting as a judge pro tempore. In addition to her law practice, Evelyn became heavily involved in advocacy work for the mentally ill throughout the 1980s. She was an active member and contributing writer for the Coachella Valley Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and regularly organized and participated in events throughout the region. For the remainder of her life, Evelyn kept abreast of mental health research and supported numerous causes benefitting the mentally ill and their families. Throughout her law years, Evelyn lived in the mountain town of Idyllwild, California, where she spent her free time reading, hiking, and photographing native California wildflowers. She also traveled regularly to South America, visiting Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and the country closest to her heart, Paraguay. Evelyn retired from law in 1996 and returned to her long-time home in Sherman Oaks, California. During this time, Evelyn worked as an assistant children's librarian at a small private school, combining her great love of children and literature. Evelyn loved being a librarian and quickly became a treasured member of her new community, beloved by co-workers, parents, and students alike. Twelve-hour work days and the responsibility of managing a private law practice behind her, Evelyn spent the next decade of her life traveling, crafting, writing, visiting loved ones, and reading in her garden. A self-taught painter, Evelyn also spent this time deeply immersed in the study and practice of watercoloring. In 2004, Evelyn's husband passed away and, the following year, she was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer and given 3 to 6 months to live. Evelyn lived another 15 years through sheer determination and a deep, abiding love of family. Her family is eternally grateful to the dedicated and expert care she received by her Kaiser medical team, especially her radiation oncologists Dr. Michael Girvigian and Dr. Michael Miller. Evelyn fully retired in 2005 and spent her final years in her beloved Sherman Oaks home doing all the things that she loved most: spending time with family and friends, sitting in her garden, watching old movies, doing crossword puzzles, drinking vanilla lattes, reading at her kitchen table with her dog, Chica, by her feet, and supporting her numerous causes. Evelyn passed away peacefully on the morning of April 6, 2020, surrounded by love and song and a home brimming with family. She will forever be remembered as a beloved matriarch with a gravity that drew many into her loving orbit, and as a woman of incredible depth and goodness who, despite her losses, never lost her idealism nor wonder nor sense of humor. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents Frederick and Evelyn Ruopp, husbands Robert Bruce Anderson and Sergio Aranis Retamal, daughter Evelyn Anderson Escobedo, sister Joan and husband Warren Rohn, and brother Frederick John and wife Joyce Ruopp. She is survived by her brother John and his wife Barbara Ruopp of Bishop, California, surviving children Bruce Anderson and wife Sonia Anderson of Granada Hills, Marie Striegler of Culver City, Ben Retamal of Palm Springs, Anne Retamal and husband Edward Knell of Altadena, grandchildren Sean Striegler, Josh Striegler, Milo Knell, Alice Knell, and many beloved nieces and nephews and their families. A private ceremony will take place at San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery. A larger public celebration of life will take place when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or the National Organization for Women.
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In memory of
Evelyn Ann Retamal
Evelyn Ann Retamal Evelyn Ann Retamal passed away on April 6th, 2020, in her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was 85 years old. Born December 15, 1934 in Elmhurst, Illinois, Evelyn was one of 4 children born to Frederick Otto and Evelyn Charlotte (Walker) Ruopp. After graduating from York High School in 1952, Evelyn entered a 3-year Catholic nursing school with the hopes of embarking on a long and fulfilling career in medicine. Disillusioned by the demands placed on nursing students as well as by the patriarchal culture of medicine at that time, Evelyn left the program shortly before graduating in 1955. This experience would lay the foundation for her later activism around women's equality. In 1953, Evelyn met and fell in love with Robert Bruce Anderson, an insurance businessman and retired U.S. Air Force B29 tail gunner. They married in 1956 and settled in his hometown of Elgin, Illinois. Their marriage was a happy one, but sadly cut short by Bruce's tragic death shortly after the birth of their third child in 1961. Two years later, Evelyn and her children moved to Southern California to restart their lives and it was in this sunny setting of Los Angeles that she fell in love with Sergio Retamal, a charismatic attorney from South America. They married in 1966, had two children together, and settled in Sherman Oaks, California. It was during this period of her life that Evelyn became deeply involved in the Women's Movement. She was an active member and contributing writer for the local chapter of the National Organization for Women and a regular participant in events and protests around Los Angeles. In addition to her writing for NOW, Evelyn wrote nonfiction, short stories, and poetry for children and adults, a number of which appeared in juvenile and feminist publications throughout the early 1970s. After her youngest child began school, Evelyn entered law school while continuing her activism work and writing, all while raising a family of five. After passing the California Bar in 1978, Evelyn and Sergio worked together over the next 20 years at their Indio, California law practice, Retamal & Retamal, Attorneys at Law. A respected family law attorney, Evelyn was known for her keen sense of justice and deep concern for her clients. Evelyn loved practicing law and, in her later years, particularly enjoyed sitting as a judge pro tempore. In addition to her law practice, Evelyn became heavily involved in advocacy work for the mentally ill throughout the 1980s. She was an active member and contributing writer for the Coachella Valley Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and regularly organized and participated in events throughout the region. For the remainder of her life, Evelyn kept abreast of mental health research and supported numerous causes benefitting the mentally ill and their families. Throughout her law years, Evelyn lived in the mountain town of Idyllwild, California, where she spent her free time reading, hiking, and photographing native California wildflowers. She also traveled regularly to South America, visiting Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and the country closest to her heart, Paraguay. Evelyn retired from law in 1996 and returned to her long-time home in Sherman Oaks, California. During this time, Evelyn worked as an assistant children's librarian at a small private school, combining her great love of children and literature. Evelyn loved being a librarian and quickly became a treasured member of her new community, beloved by co-workers, parents, and students alike. Twelve-hour work days and the responsibility of managing a private law practice behind her, Evelyn spent the next decade of her life traveling, crafting, writing, visiting loved ones, and reading in her garden. A self-taught painter, Evelyn also spent this time deeply immersed in the study and practice of watercoloring. In 2004, Evelyn's husband passed away and, the following year, she was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer and given 3 to 6 months to live. Evelyn lived another 15 years through sheer determination and a deep, abiding love of family. Her family is eternally grateful to the dedicated and expert care she received by her Kaiser medical team, especially her radiation oncologists Dr. Michael Girvigian and Dr. Michael Miller. Evelyn fully retired in 2005 and spent her final years in her beloved Sherman Oaks home doing all the things that she loved most: spending time with family and friends, sitting in her garden, watching old movies, doing crossword puzzles, drinking vanilla lattes, reading at her kitchen table with her dog, Chica, by her feet, and supporting her numerous causes. Evelyn passed away peacefully on the morning of April 6, 2020, surrounded by love and song and a home brimming with family. She will forever be remembered as a beloved matriarch with a gravity that drew many into her loving orbit, and as a woman of incredible depth and goodness who, despite her losses, never lost her idealism nor wonder nor sense of humor. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents Frederick and Evelyn Ruopp, husbands Robert Bruce Anderson and Sergio Aranis Retamal, daughter Evelyn Anderson Escobedo, sister Joan and husband Warren Rohn, and brother Frederick John and wife Joyce Ruopp. She is survived by her brother John and his wife Barbara Ruopp of Bishop, California, surviving children Bruce Anderson and wife Sonia Anderson of Granada Hills, Marie Striegler of Culver City, Ben Retamal of Palm Springs, Anne Retamal and husband Edward Knell of Altadena, grandchildren Sean Striegler, Josh Striegler, Milo Knell, Alice Knell, and many beloved nieces and nephews and their families. A private ceremony will take place at San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery. A larger public celebration of life will take place when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or the National Organization for Women.
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San Fernando Mission Cemeteries and Mission Hills Catholic Mortu
11160 Stranwood Ave
Mission Hills, CA 91345
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