Eva D. Mabee passed into eternal life while at Harbor Hill in Belfast, on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.

Eva was born Oct. 19, 1921, to Austro-Hungarian immigrants in Paterson, N.J.

Eva had six siblings who have all predeceased her.

She worked hard as a child, helping raise her younger sisters after her mother died at an early age. Her father, Samuel Ditinick, was a store owner and founder of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church in Singac, N.J. Eva worked in the store, cared for her younger siblings and managed to graduate from high school.

She then went on to nursing school where she earned her RN degree. It was there that she met the love of her life, John R. Mabee, MD, and they were married before he shipped out to serve for two years in the European theater of World War II.

Eva received news that John was MIA while fighting in Germany. She was relieved to find he had been captured and was released at the conclusion of the war.

Upon his return, Eva and John opened a private family practice in general medicine. They worked together as doctor and nurse for more than 20 years before Dr. Mabee passed away suddenly and prematurely in 1970.

Eva returned to work after a brief rest and worked in a nursing home for many years.

Upon her retirement she spent many hours caring for sick and dying relatives and neighbors out of the goodness of her heart.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed opera. She loved to travel and went on many trips with her daughter and grandchildren. She loved her visits to her son in Belfast and died overlooking Belfast Harbor.

Eva is survived by her son, Jeffrey Mabee of Belfast, and her daughter, Joan May of Lafayette, N.J. and Mt. Dora, Fla., as well as her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She will be at Gaita Memorial Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

The church service at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church in Singac, N.J. will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 9:30 a.m. Eva will be interred at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa, N.J. immediately after the church service.

A repast will be held at the Russian Hall in Singac. Special thanks to all those who gave her such wonderful care at Harbor Hill in Belfast.

Local arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.