Official Obituary of

Evelyn Kara

September 11, 1935 ~ August 16, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Evelyn Kara Obituary

Evelyn Kara, 87, formerly of Brownsville, went home peacefully to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at Lafayette Manor in Uniontown. She was born in New Castle, PA on September 11, 1935, the daughter of the late Donald and Maurine Gross.


Evelyn is survived by her daughters Cherie (Dave) Pursglove of Hiller, PA; Linda Cassell of Centennial, Colorado; and Susan DeCarlo of Brownsville. She is also survived by her grandchildren Lindsay (Jerry) Crable and Katey (Jordon) Fisher of Waynesboro, PA; Grant Cassell (fiancé Allyson) of Littleton, Colorado; Morgan Cassell of Belgrade, Montana; Brandon (Megan) DeCarlo of Pittsburgh; Joslyn, Jensen, and Blake DeCarlo of Brownsville. Evelyn loved being called “Great-Grandma” to Landon and Harper Crable, Connor and Addison Fisher, and Mia DeCarlo. She is survived by her sister Donna (Richard) Wilkison of Strongsville, Ohio, and many favorite nieces and nephews. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Lorie Kara, Grandchildren Ashley (Ken) Holcomb, Robert Kara III and Amber Kara, Great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Ethan and Peyton Holcomb, all of Ohio.


In addition to her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by her first husband Glenn Wilson, her second husband Robert Kara, grandson Ross Pursglove, sister Geraldine Tanner, sister Nedra McClay and son Robert Kara Jr.


Evie was formerly a member of the Fort Burd Church in Brownsville, where she was a Deacon and Youth Budget Treasurer. She presently belonged to Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church in New Castle. Evie enjoyed being part of a women’s card club and bowling league in Brownsville for over 30 years. After working at Bell Telephone, she stayed home raising her family. She also worked at Basco’s Stop ‘N Shop for many years. After retiring from J.C. Penney's in 2001, Evie returned to New Castle, where she lived for over 20 years. She belonged to Challenges Senior Center and was an avid reader and sports fan, and faithfully followed the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and the Pirates.


Friends and family will be received from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2023, with the funeral service following the visitation with Pastor Kristen Emrick officiating, at Novak-Melenyzer Funeral Home, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, PA 15417. Interment will be held privately at Lafayette Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family at The family would like to thank the staff of Lafayette Manor, OSPTA Hospice, Dr. Sean Conley and Brandi Kalich, CRNP for all of their compassion and care over the past year. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to made out to the American Heart Association 

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August 19, 2023

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Novak-Melenyzer Funeral Home
515 Front Street
Brownsville, PA 15417

Funeral Service
August 19, 2023

3:00 PM
Novak-Melenyzer Funeral Home
515 Front Street
Brownsville, PA 15417

Private Interment

LaFayette Memorial Park, PA


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