June 24, 1928 ~ September 5, 2020

Born in: Williamsport, PA
Resided in: Redondo Beach, CA

Cora Evelyn (Evie) Sotack went to be with her Lord on September 5, 2020.  She was born on June 24, 1928 in Williamsport, PA, the home of Little League Baseball. She has resided in the South Bay since 1955. Her mother was a homemaker and her father did various jobs, including being a milkman and carpentry work. Evie was the fourth child out of six children. She grew up in Williamsport and graduated from Williamsport High School.  After high school she worked as a waitress at Fry’s Turkey Ranch – serving fresh turkey dinners.  She attended Toccoa Falls College in Georgia for a year.  She was active in church youth groups and ministry, where she met her husband, John, in 1948. John joined the US Navy in 1950 and was stationed in Hawaii for the next five years. They were married in Williamsport in January 1952 and returned to Hawaii where their daughters were born. John was discharged in 1955 and the family moved at first to Hawthorne, then Redondo Beach, where they built their home.

Evie and John were active in their churches, North Redondo Chapel, Grace Brethren Church and Cornerstone Church, in Long Beach. Evie enjoyed singing in the choir and playing the piano for her Sunday school class and church services.

Evie worked at The Aerospace Corp in El Segundo and John worked at Garrett AirResearch. In 1985, John was chosen by his company to go to Israel to oversee manufacturing of the emergency auxiliary power unit for the F-16 at Aero Equipment Industries, Ltd (TAT).  They lived in Jerusalem for 17 months and loved every minute of it.  They returned to the US after John became ill.

Evie was very much a “people person.” It’s been said that “she didn’t know a stranger.”  Evie and John traveled extensively around the US and the world, enabling her to step foot on all seven continents. But their favorite place to rest and relax was Hume Lake Christian Camps in Sequoia National Park.

Evie loved watching college football and especially cheering for Penn State. She also loved to bake, sew and play the piano. She was involved with the PTA and was a poll worker in numerous elections.

Evie was preceded in death by her husband, John, parents, Violet and Foster Hornberger and siblings, Grace, Jean, Ralph, Lois and Wanda. She is survived by daughters, Carol Wood and Dee Dee Arganda, her grandson, Chief Petty Officer Zachary Chavez and his wife, Vanessa and their children, Brian, Ethan, Nadia and Aiden, sister-in-law Betty Harper, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank and Jan Sotack and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Raymond and Pat Lepley, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Toccoa Falls College, 107 Kincaid Dr, Toccoa, GA 30598; Hume Lake Christian Camps, 64144 Hume Lake Rd, Hume, CA 93628 or Cornerstone Church, 1000 N. Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815.

A private viewing will be held at Lighthouse Memorials and Receptions – White & Day Center in Redondo Beach, with a private graveside service at Riverside National Cemetery.

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  1. Evie was a joy to know. We are thankful for her ongoing interest in so many of us, her encouragement, and sharing her beautiful music. Thank you, Lord for her love for You and others. We will see you “later”! Peggy and Bob Hill

  2. candle 4For more than, 13 YEARS, Evie lived in my heart. We never get time to see each other..But her stories made me feel like she was here beside me..Most of us will remember her for so many reasons. i remember her last words when she said ” i need to go to heaven just for a rest “. She was asking for a rest, a sign for person who has successful finish her duties. There are so much to learn here, we need to prepare our self in this life. Though she has gone but will still be in my heart forever, may the lord guide you Carol & Dee Dee for the coming new life. i love you all.

    George Ngazi ( George Wood)
    Box 222, Mtwara, Tanzania
    East Africa
    Tel; +255-756-563-3320

  3. candle 4We first met Evelyn in 1989, when we built townhomes to the west of their property. As years went by we encountered many mutual friends – because that’s the way the Christian community works. These last years we became close friends and members of the Praise Singers group, visiting care centers here in Torrance. Where Evelyn played the piano and Paul helped the residents with the songbooks, among other things. Paul was able to be a helping hand for Evelyn whenever the need arose. We have been honored to know Evelyn and ask The Lord’s blessing on her daughters.

  4. candle 7DeeDee and Carol……..your mother touched many hearts. She fed us, sang to us, played the piano for us and most of all….. tried to keep us in line. She loved us all! It wasn’t North Redondo Chapel without Mrs. Sotack. We have no doubt your mom is organizing Heaven right now. 😁. Fortunately we will all be together soon, Praise God! Until then, make your memories happy and your sorrow brief. Revelation 21:4
    The Daniels Family

  5. Evie was such an active lady and we will truly miss seeing her in our community. Every time I go to vote, I will be missing her friendly face and bubbling personality. So glad to have been one of her acquaintances.
    Judi and Boots Spainhour

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