Evelyn Tromp, 83, New Berlin

January 5, 2019

Evelyn “Evy” Carrol Tromp left us on the eve of the New Year 2019. Her life had several twists and turns.

She was born in Kenosha on Aug. 19, 1935, to Evan Ost and Grace Muriel Smith. Big sister Polly Knoll and big brother Gary Ost were thrilled. Their dad was a salesman for Macwhite Wire Rope Company. Their mom was a registered nurse who had to begin her career when Evan died; Evy was only nine years old.

Evy enjoyed her youth frolicking in Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Burnett and Beaver Dam; climbing trees, making forts by digging holes in the dirt, even playing cards on the roof of the family garage. She grew into a fun-loving, caring and devoted lady.

After high school she had a great time in training as nurse at Madison General Hospital, where she met and married Sheldon Ambrose Chicks, a medical student. They soon started their family with the births of four children in quick succession; Cynthia Carol, Jeffery Alan, Julie Ann and Kathryn Ann. Jeff’s birth caused complications were she almost died from preeclampsia. She would recall this event remembering a lot of people surrounding her trying to find a solution. Young Evy was taught by her mom how to sew. This became a life long love of hers. She was able to continue sewing with the help of her daughter Cindy until this past year. Handmade clothes, mittens, underwear and home decorations were under constant construction. While married to Sheldon she taught her children to love, learn and accept. This union however ended under great stress. She, like her mother, found herself re-entering the work force to provide for her children. She eventually became the director of nursing at Menomonee Falls Nursing Home where she flourished.

In 1979, she married for the second time, to her best friend Barb Keller’s brother Thomas James Tromp. He also had four children. This blending brought her into her retirement years. The two moved to Kewaskum in 1989. More fun, less worry began to be enjoyed daily with hiking, biking, camping, square dancing, motorcycling, and volunteering. Of course it wasn’t just the two of them, many grandchildren where in on the shenanigans; Ellen, Andrea, Derek, Annie, Muriel, Theodore, Taylor, Benjamin, Jordan, Jennifer, Rachell, Stephanie, Amanda, Samantha, and Desiree. She would often gather everyone to cook up a storm of potato pancakes in the basement or roasting home-grown corn in the backyard. None of us will forget the candlelight hikes at Zillmer Trail, followed by hot chocolate and soup.

Great grandchildren came along later, they of course were also thoroughly enjoyed; Robert Julian Santiago, Benjamin Maximus Farfan, Caleb Ryan Abel, Ryder James Smith, Aubrey Elaine Smith.

Evy was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; her beloved husband, Tom; many friends and most unfortunately her son, Jeff.

Her surviving children and stepchildren, Cynthia (Daniel) Beyer, Dr. Julie Chicks, Kathryn (Everett) Russell, Christine Kjell (nee Tromp), Michael Tromp, Annelouise (Wayne) Noordhof (nee Tromp), and Paul Tromp, wish peace to all who knew her and loved her. Our mother was an amazing, wonderful and beautiful soul.

Evy was an accomplished gardener, spending many hours nurturing plants indoor and out. As much as she loved plants and flowers she was also very practical, so please consider donating to alz.org in lieu of flowers or gifts.

A special thanks and gratitude to the Alzheimer’s Association, they provided much comfort and advice as our family took this long road.

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