Evangelista, 87, Hamburg, died Feb. 26, 2011, in Spruce Manor, where he
had resided the past three months.
He was born in Landingville and was a son of the late Michele and Tomasina (Cutrone) Evangelista.
Michael was employed as a core maker by Reading Gray Iron Company for 32 years, retiring in 1982.
He was a member of St. Mary RC Church, Hamburg, and was an Army World War II veteran. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1941.
Mike played baseball for the Chicago White Sox in 1946 in its minor league organization in Green Bay. He enjoyed baseball, fishing, gardening and bowling. He rolled a 300 game and a 703 in open bowling.
A book was written locally about his baseball and army career entitled "Mike."
He is survived by two sons, Dennis M., Wilkes-Barre; and Thomas M., Blandon; two daughters, Rose-mary M., wife of Robert Darkes, Womelsdorf; Christina M., wife of Ed Eppen-stein, Laureldale; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Teresa Vogt, on Nov. 16, 2002.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home Inc., 40 S. Fourth St., Hamburg. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamburg.