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Scottdale mom had devotion to church, baking talent

Patrick Varine
| Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

It wasn't hard to tell when Evelyn Kaper was in the kitchen.

“She used to make 13 loaves of bread a week,” said her daughter Barbara of Beverly Hills, Fla. “Of course, some of that went to the neighbors, because they couldn't help but smell it. And there was always some sort of fresh baked good on the kitchen counter.”

Evelyn L. Burke Kaper of Scottdale died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at the Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center. She was 86.

Mrs. Burke was born Dec. 14, 1930, a daughter of the late Otto and Nellie Fisher Burke of Scottdale.

As she grew into an adult, the church — in particular, Scottdale Church of Christ — remained a huge part of her life.

“She taught Sunday school when we were young, and she cleaned the church,” her daughter said. “She was part of the bereavement committee, and we were in church three times a week.”

Mrs. Kaper and her husband, the late Clarence C. “Gup” Kaper, raised their family in the Alverton neighborhood of East Huntingdon.

A member of the Kingview Ladies Club for many years, she was active with the Bullskin Senior Citizens.

She was an ardent supporter of Camp Christian, in the Mill Run area of Springfield Township.

“The great thing about it is that it was up in the woods,” her daughter said. “You have the mountain laurel and the streams and the old wooden cabins and chapel. It was so quaint. She loved it, and she always supported it.”

Her daughter said she will always remember her mother's sense of humor and her baking.

“Her cinnamon rolls were always my favorite,” she said.

Mrs. Kaper is survived by her children, David C. Kaper of Burgaw, N.C., Barry Kaper of Denia, Spain, Barbara A. Kaper of Beverly Hills, Fla., Timothy D. Kaper of Bear Rocks, Amy S. Rysz of Mt. Pleasant, Leigh Burke of Scottdale and Jan Morrison of Tarrs; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at Frank Kapr Funeral Home, 417 W. Pittsburgh St. in Scottdale, where visitation was held Friday. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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