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Evelyn Neubaum
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Evelyn Ritchey Neubaum, 90, died at her Oakdale home on Friday, Oct. 28.

She was the youngest of four children born to James and Baina Cellan Ritchey in Grafton, Neb. She was the salutatorian of the class of 1939 at Geneva High School, Geneva, Neb.

While visiting her sister, Beryl in Turlock in 1939 she met her future husband, Edgar Neubaum. They married in 1940 and resided in Oakdale where her husband had recently purchased the Deluxe Barber Shop on Third Avenue.

Mrs. Neubaum was active in the UC Extension Home Department program where she took and then taught classes in home food preservation, sewing, and upholstery. She was also a Cub Scout and 4-H leader during her children's formative years. She knew how to play hymns on the pump organ, but always wanted to be a pianist and organist, so she took lessons when her children were in school. She later taught piano and was the church organist for St. Luke's Lutheran Church and then for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County.

In 1960 she enrolled at Modesto Junior College, and in 1963 at Stanislaus State College. She earned her B.A. with honors in 1965 along with her daughter Sharon. After obtaining her secondary teaching credential from CSU Stanislaus, she taught English and Reading at Oakdale High School from 1966-1969, Reading and English as a Second Language at Riverbank High School from 1969-1972, and after receiving her Master's degree from the University of Pacific in 1970 and a resource teaching credential she was a resource teacher at OHS until her retirement in 1988. She continued to teach part-time in the independent study program at Oakdale after her retirement.

In 1990, she was selected as one of the Outstanding Women of Stanislaus County by the Stanislaus County Commission for Women.

She was active in a number of organizations, including the Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch of the American Association of University Women, in which she was a past president. During the 1990s she also researched, wrote biographies of and developed several readers' theater programs about the pioneer women of this area. She was a founding member of the Stanislaus Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the California Teachers Association, the International Reading Association, the Western College Reading Association, the Stanislaus County Commission for Women, and the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Neubaum Arpoika, Stephen E. Neubaum; son-in-law, Robert Jacobson; daughter-in-law, Susan Beltrami Neubaum; three grandsons; four granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Neubaum; grandson, Miko J. Arpoika; sisters, M. Beryl Ritchey Talkington, Rouene Ritchey Pittard; and brother, Donald R. Ritchey.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in her name to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, P.O. Box 1000, Salida, CA 95368; or to Stanislaus Community Foundation, 1226 11th St., Modesto, CA 95354 (on the memo line put #233 - Oakdale Riverbank Escalon AAUW Scholarship Fund); or to Community Hospice Foundation, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

Nov. 9, 2011