Eva Bondan, 87, formerly of Illinois and Romania and more recently of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on October 20, 2012, at Anna’s House in New Franken, WI, and was forever reunited with her beloved husband, Stefan, who had passed away on December 14, 2011. Together, Stefan and Eva shared a lifetime of love and commitment for 70 years.
Born on April 19, 1925, in the village of Paulis, Romania, to Martin and Ana (Brodner) Pihm, Eva Pihm, 16, married Stefan Bondan, 21, on November 23, 1941. They were married only 11 weeks when World War II interrupted their lives and kept them apart for the next 10 years, most of those years spent not knowing whether the other was alive or not. Finally reunited in West Germany after the war in 1952, their daughter Rosemarie was born in 1953. Stefan worked as a master sheet metal craftsman and ran his own business in Germany for a number of years before relatives in the U.S. convinced him and Eva to leave war torn Europe behind and come to the United States.
They arrived in Chicago, IL in 1955, where their daughter, Eveline, was born soon after arriving. Steve and Eva became managers of the American Aid Society German/Hungarian Old People’s Home and summer grounds located in Lake Villa, IL. Their responsibilities included personally caring for 13 to 15 elderly residents besides their two young daughters. After four years, they returned to Germany for a short time before returning to the U.S. They managed a similar facility in Genoa City, WI, until they saved enough to buy their first home in Norridge, IL, in 1963.
Stefan began working for Continental Bank in the export department and Eva worked part-time at Woolworth’s Inc. until their retirement in the 1980s. They spent the majority of their retirement years living happily in Vernon Hills, IL, doting not only on their grandchildren, but all the children in the neighborhood. They were known as “Oma” and “Opa” to all. As they got on in years, they eventually moved to Sturgeon Bay, WI, to be closer to their daughter Evie.
Their daughter Rosemarie, preceded them in death in 1988.
Eva and Stefan’s life together was a testimony of service and love to all whose lives they touched.
They will be dearly missed by their daughter, Evie Walter of Sturgeon Bay, WI; beloved grandchildren, Spring, Steven, and Tess; and many other friends.
Eva and Stefan were also preceded in death by their parents.
A private, family celebration of love will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made in their names to Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle De Pere, WI 54115) or Anna’s House (5449 County Trunk K, New Franken, WI, 54229). Much appreciation and gratitude to these two care-giving organizations and all of the staff who played such a vital role in making sure Steve and Eva’s last years were comfortable.
Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.huehnsfuneralhome.com/.