Evelyn Cross

Granite City |

Evelyn E. Cross, 91, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:53 a.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. 

She was born January 15, 1933, in Joliet, Illinois, a daughter of the late Harold Oliver and Rebecca Olive (Laycock) Parish. 

On December 26, 1952, Evelyn married Charles “Charley” Franklin Cross, the love of her life, in Granite City and he passed away on December 31, 2016. 

Evelyn retired from the Granite City Community School District #9 after 20 years of dedicated service as an elementary school teacher.  She was a faithful member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Granite City and enjoyed reading and her greatest joy was spending time with her family.  When her grandsons were younger, Evelyn and Charley never missed a sporting event they were involved in.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.  

In addition to her beloved husband of 64 years and parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Parish and a sister, Betty Krumeich. 

She is survived by her loving children and spouses, Brad and Judy Cross of Granite City and Kathy and Tom Schooley of Granite City; proud grandmother to Justin Schooley of Chicago, Matthew Schooley of Granite City, Ryan Schooley of Salt Lake City, Utah, Brandon and Tzu-wen Cross of West Lafayette, Indiana and Jacob Cross of Chicago; two great grandchildren, Devon Cross and Jetson Cross; extended family and many dear friends. 

Visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024. In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jennifer Warren Hauser officiating.  Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.  

Memorial donations may be given to First United Presbyterian Church or to a charity of one’s choice and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.  

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Obit Provided By:
Irwin Chapel Funeral Home

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