Evelyn M. Buzek

June 29, 1922 – May 22, 2021


Evelyn Marie Buzek, 98, of Crete, passed away May 22, 2021. Widow of Rudolph A. Buzek. She was born June 29, 1922, in Saline County to Frank and Mary Kohel Svarc.

She was raised on a farm near Crete. Her brother, Leonard, and she attended country school District #3. She married Rudy on Feb. 23, 1944, at the Saline County Courthouse. Evelyn graduated from Crete High in 1940. Before marriage, she did office work and later helped her husband with farming around Milligan and Crete. In 1946, a daughter, Karen Ann, was born. In 1956, they moved to Crete. Evelyn worked at Formfit Rogers for 27 years. She and Rudy enjoyed camping with their RV, trips to casino and polka dances. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in February 1994 and a month later, Rudy died from diabetes and a heart problem. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 147, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary #7 and ZCBJ Lodge #3, all of Crete. She enjoyed gardening, playing bingo, volunteering at auxiliary and baking kolaces and rosettes. She loved reading newspapers and listening to Czech music. She was proud of her Czech heritage and loved talking with people. She liked watching TV game shows. Evelyn enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Missouri. In June 2019, she went to live at The Gardens in Crete.

She is survived by daughter, Karen (David) Cawley, Grandview, Missouri; granddaughter, Lea (Joe) Vlasak, Lee Summit, Missouri; grandson, Douglas (Sherri) Cawley, Columbia, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Erin, Blake and Evan Vlasak and Anna and Weston, Cawley; niece, Judy Svarc; nephew, Dale Svarc; sister-in-law, Enola Buzek; and many nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Leonard and Delma Svarc; niece, Carol Svarc Frew.

She requested no funeral. Private family burial was at the Crete Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.kunclfh.com.


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