Evelyn Elizabeth Magee (nee Reisdorfer), beloved and courageous mother of six, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the age of 91. She was born to Marie and Frank Reisdorfer in Lismore, Minn. She was raised in several SW Minnesota towns, graduating from high school in Ellsworth, where she met and dated her future husband, Jim Magee, August 1921 to May 1984.
During World War II, Evelyn went to Kansas City, Mo., to test for a job at the Pratt-Whitney factory making engines for B-29s. She took a mandatory test and was told that she earned the highest score of anyone who had entered there and they made her assistant instructor in the surface grinding department.
After the war, Evelyn and Jim moved to Fairfield, Calif., where Jim eventually started his 40-year career as Fairfield’s rural route mailman. They raised six children in their Georgia Way house. Evelyn continued to use her precision tool abilities through finishing work on their “garage” bedroom and their add-on family room and bathroom.
Evelyn lived in Fairfield over 60 years before moving to Merced, Calif., to be near her youngest daughter, Janice. The family celebrated Evelyn’s 90th birthday in 2011 with a family reunion at South Lake Tahoe.
Evelyn is survived by her aunt, Florence Muhs in Arizona; a sister, Margie McCabe in Indiana; daughters, Patti and her husband Bill O’Shea in Santa Rosa, Calif., Peggy McMillen in Idaho, and Janice and her husband Mike Altomare; sons, Mike Magee in Fairfield, Mark Magee and his wife Mary, and Jerry Magee and his wife, Judy in Oregon; eight grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, Holy Spirit Church, 1050 North Texas St., Fairfield.
Evelyn will be interred beside her husband at Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery, 1707 Union Ave., Fairfield. A reception will follow at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield.