Evylyn L. Breunsbach

January 25, 1919May 8, 2019

Born near Carter, Nebraska, on a farm, an early settlement near the Republican River and Orleans, Nebraska, to Elam and Emma Peterson. Evylyn was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Gordon and Russell Peterson and husband Melvan “Bud” Breunsbach of Omaha. Evylyn’s early life was spent on the family farm until the massive flood of 1935 which destroyed the new family farmhouse and covered the tillable land with silt. The family then moved to Orleans, Nebraska, continuing to work and farm in the area. Evylyn loved music, art and learning, excelling in the local public school. It was said that she read every book in the Orleans Library in her thirst for knowledge. Her family was always up for an adventure with such activities as traveling to Texas with potatoes and returning with watermelon and oranges to sell locally in the winter. During the summer, watermelon was so abundant that the Peterson farm dogs were watermelon eaters too. Another family adventure involving selling the family farm, traveling by motor car with two other relatives to Long Beach, California, via Yellowstone Park on the early trails and roads of America. Evylyn became ill, possibly with typhoid, and a doctor told the family they must leave the area or Evylyn would not survive, which they did, returning to Orleans, Nebraska. Evylyn attended beauty school in Denver and opened a beauty salon in Oxford, Nebraska. Evylyn met Bud Breunsbach an engineer working for the Nebraska Roads Department and was married on January 25, 1942 prior to leaving for WWII. After returning from the war, Bud began his lifelong work with Peter Kiewit, and the two moved 22 times in as many years. Evylyn became interested in antiques and collecting in her early married life and enjoyed golf, bridge, gardening and cooking. She played competitive bridge and attained the level of Life Master. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Cross, teaching Sunday school, and was a charter member and officer of the Forget-Me-Not Chapter of Questers and a Docent at Joslyn Art Museum. Evylyn is survived by Sally (Rod) Thompson of Overland Park, KS and granddaughter Amy (David) Shan, of Austin, TX and Kent (Aubrey) Thompson of Sacramento, CA and great-grandchildren Benjamin and Julia Shan and Finn Thompson. There will be a private family interment in Orleans, Nebraska, and a Memorial Service later in the year at Omaha’s Presbyterian Church of the Cross. Memorials to Questers Forget-Me-Not Chapter, 15202 Taylor St., Omaha, NE 68116.


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May 13, 2019

Sally so sorry for your loss. I knew your mother only through the Forget-Me-Not Questers and only for a short time. From what I can tell, she was a pillar of that organization and was a founding member about 50 years ago. The questers were honored to be included in Evylyn's 100th birthday party at Lauritsen Gardens . We shall really miss her wisdom about all things related to questers and quiet presence at our meetings.

Dianne Breunsbach Leonetti

May 11, 2019

Aunt Evylyn, was the best aunt ever. She was always so patient and kind, soft-spoken and sweet. I am so happy that I was able to be at her 100th birthday party. She was a delight! Sally, we have many road trip memories, visit memories and family memories. I hope we will continue the family connection!! She is with Jesus now. At peace and sitting at His feet listening to all His wondrous stories! We will be joining her and she will fill us in with all the details, I am sure!! Love you and Rod, Dianne

Julie Hiatt

May 10, 2019

Sally I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was the greatest! So sweet,
Kind, gentle & wise. I have such found memories growing up with the Christmas & Thanksgivings we all spent together. Your mom was such an awesome cook & Baker. She always said you were a much better baker than she was. The awesome Christmas cookies she would make for everyone were so special. My parents adored your folks & Dad talks so fondly about your dad, Bud - budo as he called him. Know that your mom loved you so very much & was so proud of you.
She always talked highly of you...RIP
Mrs. B

Judy Hasenjager

May 10, 2019

Oh Sally, I am so sad! I feel that I lost a wonderful friend. Your Mom was so wise, supportive and sweet. I loved visiting with her. Just like my own dear parents, she gave me more than I ever have her. She always knew exactly what to do and say! And she NEVER seemed elderly....just like my own Mom and Dad. My Dad was also born in 1919, loved golf, was a voracious reader, loved Jeopardy and reminded me of your Mom. They could have been wonderful friends watching golf together.
Your Mom adored you above anything Sally! I am so sad that she won't be able to talk with you everyday as the two of you did. No matter how old we are we still need our Mama's!
Be consoled that your beautiful Mom is now with your Dad and she no longer has any pain. Be consoled, also, that she was thrilled with her 3 grandkids and that Kent found his soulmate, has a baby and building a home. Your Mom's hopes and dreams came true before she left this old world.
Sally and Rod, I am sharing in your loss. Judy H.

Connie Hoy

May 9, 2019

I only had the pleasure of meeting Evylyn one time - at Aubrey and Kent's wedding. She was charming, funny, smart , and kind. I so appreciated that she invited Aubrey into her family with such love and caring. Thank you for sharing that special day with me and my family.

Marilyn Holcomb

May 9, 2019

What can I say about my dear friend and fine Christian lady, Evylyn Breunsbach, than she was THE BEST! After my mother passed away in 2010, Evylyn became like a mother and close confidante to me. She fed me, listened to my troubles, counseled, and loved. Her ever alert mind and gracious hospitality made her a wonderful conversationalist. Despite a hearing impairment, Evylyn tracked every conversation and genuinely participated. And her large vocabulary was astonishing! Perhaps she was able to keep her mind so sharp by doing crossword puzzles and playing bridge. She was also an athlete in her day and continued to watch golf when she could no longer play it herself.

Evylyn was a terrific cook and baker. Being invited to her Thanksgiving table was a honor and a privilege. And not only were the foods delicious, her table decorations and flower arrangements were extraordinary. She knew how to be a hostess in every sense of the word.

I will miss Evylyn in more ways than I can count. I wish her Godspeed and heavenly rest. Marilyn Holcomb