Evelyn Frances (Skrhak Beran) Bunge entered into eternal rest at the age of 85 Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Evelyn was born to John and Matilda (Palousek) Skrhak on July 14, 1934 in Thrall.
Evelyn was the youngest of seven children, and she attended school in Thrall graduating in the class of 1952.
Evelyn was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor where she was baptized, confirmed, received her First Communion and was married. She was a faithful and dedicated servant of God. She was active in the church and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and St. Anne’s Altar Society. Evelyn also taught CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes and helped with vacation bible school for a few years.
As a child, Evelyn helped her parents on the farm east of Thrall where she chopped cotton, cooked and always reminisced about playing with her cat, doll and their horse, Roni.
Evelyn married Emil Beran Nov. 24, 1952. They lived in Thrall and had a son, Ronny. For about one year, they owned and operated E&E Café, which was located in Thrall on Highway 79. They then moved to the country south of Thrall at which time they had their daughter, Lisa.
Evelyn was a dedicated mother and wife. She enjoyed sewing clothes for Lisa and tending to the farm with Emil and raising hogs, cattle and chickens. Together she and Emil enjoyed dancing to polka and waltz music. Ronny went to his Heavenly Home in 1976, and Emil entered eternal rest in 1986.
Evelyn married Lester Bunge Sept. 14, 1991, at which time she moved from the country to Taylor. They continued to raise cattle on the farm. Together, they enjoyed life and did some travelling and as a hobby made crafts. Evelyn said that working together on crafts was a pleasure. Together they also enjoyed dancing. Lester went to his heavenly home Jan. 21, 1999.
During her lifetime, Evelyn was a homemaker and worked in Taylor at McCrory’s, Prewitt’s Hardware, Gellman’s Department Store, Twins’ Shop and Merle Norman cosmetics. She also sold Luzier Cosmetics travelling locally with her daughter in their family Studebaker. She always made an effort to visit friends and family at the local rest homes, was a caregiver for some of her siblings, and enjoyed helping others.
Evelyn loved children and always wanted to help them. She was a private tutor while she lived in the country. She also volunteered as a mentor of second grade students in reading, spelling and vocabulary in the MAPS (Mentoring a Pasemann Student) program in Taylor. She adored every student and gained their trust, love and friendship. She was a dedicated mentor and was always willing to fill slots when mentor coverage was needed. She also worked as a cook in the Thrall School Cafeteria and was a testing monitor at Temple College in Taylor.
Evelyn loved flowers and plants, worked very hard in her yard and loved decorating the yard as well as her home for the seasons and holidays.
Her life was full of things that she loved to do. She wanted to make a difference, to help others with small or large tasks, and she led a fulfilling life with the presence of God always with her. She had the biggest and kindest heart and she loved everyone. Her smile, laugh and giggles were contagious, and her eyes sparkled with the love she shared for others.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents John and Matilda (Palousek) Skrhak; first husband Emil Beran; in-laws Joe Karl Beran and Tracy (Haag) Beran; son Ronny Beran; second husband Lester Bunge; stepson Allen Bunge; brothers and sisters-in-law Emil Skrhak and Gladys, Edwin Skrhak and Dorothy, Raymond Skrhak and Betty, and Jerry Skrhak and Onafay; sisters and brothers-in-law Gertrude Safarik and Arnold, Dollie (Matilda) Hajda and Johnnie; brothers-in-law Joe Beran, Pete Beran, Tony Beran, Carl Beran, Bill Beran and Henry Beran; sisters-in-law Agnes (Beran) Catchings, Sophie (Beran) Hall and Frances (Beran) Biehle; two step brothers-in-law Louis (Sonny) Chalupa and Billy Chalupa, and many other family members.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Lisa Beran Smith and husband Kirk of Cedar Creek; two stepsons Mike Bunge and wife Sandra of Houston and Dale Bunge and wife Sharon of Granger; step daughter-in-law, Aileen Bunge of Taylor; step grandchildren Jared Bunge and wife Jennifer, Lindsey McCorkle and husband Gale, Megan Bunge, and Tina Bunge; step great grandchildren Jalyn, Jace, and Jake Bunge, Lily and Gage McCorkle, and Kaitlin Bunge; step sister-in-law Betty Chalupa, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who provided care to, showed their love for, and supported Evelyn over the years where loving friendships blossomed and who became Evelyn’s beloved extended family; especially Evelyn’s private caregivers/companions, and the staff of SPJST Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Taylor, and staff of Resolutions Hospice.
A visitation was held Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor, with Rosary recited at 7 p.m. following the visitation. A celebration of life mass will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor, with burial following at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Taylor.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s choice.