Evelyn Mary Palumbo

Apr 11, 1940 - Apr 22, 2013


 Evelyn M. (Kertz) Palumbo

Evie passed away peacefully on April 22, 2013 from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (a rare Neurological disease), the effects of which she courageously battled for several years.

She was born on April 11, 1940 in St. Genevieve, Missouri and received her RN degree in 1961 from the DePaul Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri.  She worked in Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care at Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital, which is a St. Louis University Medical School affiliated hospital.  She subsequently worked, in the same capacity at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

Evie returned to St. Louis where on August 7, 1965 she and Frank Palumbo, M.D. were married.  Frank then took  her on a two-year honeymoon to Okinawa (courtesy of Uncle Sam) and while there, they had the opportunity to travel (space available) to several countries in the Orient.  While on Okinawa, Evie worked as a civilian nurse at the Army hospital and it was there that the first of their four children, Mary Theresa, was born.  Patty and Carl were subsequently born in Chicago where Evie and Frank had then moved, for Frank to complete an Orthopedic Surgery residency.

They then settled in Sacramento in January of 1972 and Carolyn was born a month later.  Besides Evie spending most of her time raising their children and chauffeuring them to their many activities, her other endeavors included serving a term as President of the Loretto High School Parents’ Club, serving on the Board of Jesuit High School Parents’ Club, serving on the Board of the Jesuit High School Loyola Guild, obtaining a B.A. degree in Art and Design at California State University, Sacramento, starting an Interior Decorating business, serving as a Docent at the Crocker Art Museum, and serving two separate terms as President of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance.  She also served on several of the Alliance committees and was honored with their Helping Hands Award. Evie additionally served on the Board of the Friends of the Sacramento Crisis Nursery and worked for several years as the office manager for Frank’s Orthopedic Surgery practice.

During their 47 years of marriage, Evie and Frank traveled extensively, both with and without the children.  Besides travel, Evie loved reading, playing Bridge and Dominoes, painting, and playing golf with the Rancho Murieta Women’s Golf Team and other golfing friends.  Additionally, she enjoyed playing tennis with the Arden Hill Womens’ Tennis Team and subsequently with her tennis buddies.  She also enjoyed snow skiing, hiking, boating, camping, and coaching Carl and Carolyn’s soccer teams.

Evie is survived by her husband, Frank, and their four children:  Mary Theresa Boyer, M.D. (Dean), Patricia Anne Wackman (Alan), Carl F. Palumbo, M.D. (Kim), and Carolyn Jean Palumbo, LLD.  She is also survived by eight grandsons, one granddaughter, her brother John (Jeannie), two sisters, Sr. Ruth Kertz, CPPS and Rosemary Livingston, (Lee) as well as many nieces and nephews.  She loved and cherished them all.  She was pre-deceased by her father and mother (Frederic and Martha) and brothers Vernon, Frederic, Rupert, Raymond, Donald and Mark.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Resurrection, preceded by the Rosary will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, located at 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, on Saturday, Mary 4th at 1 PM.  A reception will follow in the school’s community center.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Sacramento Crisis Nursery at 4533 Pasadena Ave., Sacramento 95821.


  • D. Johnson says:

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one, Mrs.Palumbo. Losing a loved one in death can be a very trialsome situation. For many taking refuge in God’s Word has proven to be very comforting. A beautiful scripture that comes to mind is John 5:28,29 where we are assured a hope of a resurrection. When you have a quiet moment please review this scripture and meditate on its application not only for Mrs. Palumbo but also for mankind as a whole.

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