Mass of Christian Burial for Eva Maule, age 98, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:00 a.m. May 18, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Tim Podraza will be Celebrant, with private family burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Eva was born February 13, 1921, on her family farm near Verdigre, Nebraska. She died May 5, 2019, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Bloomfield, where she was a resident for two months. The distance is scarcely 35 miles, but in her 98 years Eva's life embraced and nourished five children, Donna (Bill Marvel), Dean Maule (Linda Bliemeister), Joan (Dan Anderson), Diana (Kelvin Peters), and Jeanne (Doug Kauth); thirteen grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and countless friends who knew and loved her, near and far.
She was born Eva Viola Sukup, brought into the world by her grandmother Skokan, who was the official midwife, a profession followed later by Eva's mother. The youngest in a family of six children - four boys two girls - Eva decided after a year in high school in Verdigre to become a teacher, but after two years of training in Creighton, changed her mind and returned to Verdigre to finish high school. At a dance at ZCBJ Dance Hall in Verdigre, she met Donald Maule, a young man from Bloomfield with Clark Gable good looks. Eva was a redhead who, like Don, enjoyed dancing, and a spark was struck.
Don was drafted into the U.S Army and shipped off to boot camp. Returning home on leave, the couple was married at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church March 18,1943. Don was next assigned to medic surgical tech training in Leadville, CO. Eva followed and worked as a waitress in a local cafe. Don was next sent to Los Angeles for shipping out to the Aleutian Islands, Eva stayed in Los Angeles with her sister and worked in a bowling alley until Don was sent to Germany. Eva was then called home to help with her father, who was dying from cancer. There the couple's first child, Donna, was born.
After the war, Eva and Don rented land by Verdigre and farmed together with Eva's brothers. Eva saved all the money Don sent home in Army pay and bought a tractor and plow. Their first house was a one room log cabin, that was then added onto later. NO electricity, no running water, or bathroom facilities. A very meager first home. There Dean was born. Within a few years the couple bought a farm near Center, where two more children were born, Joan and Diana, Joan in her uncle's new car going 90 mph, delivered by Eva's mother, the midwife's last baby she birthed. Don was out stacking hay too far away to fetch.
The couple moved once more, to Don's parents' home place near Bloomfield, where Jeanne, their youngest child, was born. To those who remember them, they were more than a married couple, they were partners. It was not unusual to see her in jeans and a farmer's cap pitching hay in the feed bunks, while Don was doing other chores. In fact, she could do almost everything that Don could do, and more, in cow calving or preparations for one of her daughter's wedding suppers. Yet there was always time for children and grandchildren.
After Don was diagnosed with cancer, they moved to the town of Bloomfield, in the fall, and bought the house of Eva's dreams, a brick house with a level lawn. Don died next January, but Eva continued to flourish with city living, a Yard of the Month sign posted for months at a time. She had a true love for flowers. She was a faithful member of St. Andrews, enjoyed helping with fall fund-raiser and Altar Society duties. Eva enjoyed the VFW auxiliary, played cards with three different groups, and crocheting. She was an avid reader of Western novels, especially Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey. She remained active and alert almost to the end, hoping to outlive her oldest living relative, which she did by one month. She died at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Bloomfield on Sunday May 5.
Eva was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brothers; husband, Don; daughter, Donna; and granddaughter, Carrie.