Evelyn Pearl Steudle Borshay died on May 18, 2019 in Waco, Texas after living there less than month. She was born on September 21, 1923 in Orange, New Jersey to Frank and Mollie Steudle. She was the oldest of three children and lived in Union, New Jersey. She graduated from Union HS in 1940 and enlisted in the WAVES (Navy) on October 11, 1943. She went to the Naval Training Station in the Bronx, and then was sent to Stillwater, Oklahoma for more training as a Dictaphone Operator. She wanted to be a mechanic, but she showed aptitude for secretarial work, a life-long talent and source of income for her. Evelyn was stationed in Washington, DC, at the Naval Recruiting Station where she met her future husband, Sam Borshay. They were married in 1946 and had their first child, Robert, in 1947. Sam was transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and their second child, Barbara, was born there, in 1949. Sam retired as a Chief Electrician’s Mate with 20 years in the Navy, and worked in various capacities in Rochester, New York (Kodak), and Waukesha, Wisconsin (Allis Chalmers), where, in 1962, their final child, Bonnie, was born. Sam retired again, and they moved to Maitland, Florida, in
1968, after their son graduated from Macalester in Minnesota, and Barbara left for Duke University.
Evelyn began working part-time as a secretary in the 1970’s while their youngest was in high school. She chaperoned numerous school music events at Maitland Junior High and Edgewater High, including a Rotary-sponsored trip to Puerto Rico. Sam was in Real Estate, and she hosted and organized many gatherings at their home, as well as Navy Reunions for Sam’s ship, the USS Shea. Her home was a hub of entertainment, good eating, and lots of laughter. She was proud of her membership in “The Supremes,” a bridge club that started with the Welcome Wagon in 1968. Many parties and adventures were associated with those eight families. Evelyn was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Maitland until 2006, when she moved to the Winter Park Towers and joined Winter Park Presbyterian. She spent about 10 years in Independent Living and worked as a medical transcriptionist for Dr. Calvin Peters and Dr. Frank Steig. She retired at 90 and finally had time to get involved in the Towers where she was the 8th floor treasurer and served on the Dining committee.
Highlights for Evelyn were the college graduations of her three children, numerous trips overseas (swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, walking on the Great Wall of China, touring England, Europe, Greece and Turkey), and placing in the Orange County Dairy Association Recipe Contest. She was able to take an Honor Flight to Washington, DC, as a thank-you for her service as a Yeoman First Class in World War II, and she was proud to watch Bonnie conduct her choirs two different times in Carnegie Hall. She also was a supporter of NAVE Voices, an adult chamber choir which performed twice for the Towers, and she enjoyed traveling on two European choir tours with the UA-Huntsville choirs.
Evelyn is survived by her sister, Doris Steudle Julian of Hackettstown, New Jersey; daughters Barbara Borshay Shivers, husband Jeffrey, of Venice, Florida and Bonnie Borshay Sneed, husband Richard, of Waco, Texas; four grandchildren: Amy Borshay-Bokser of Bedford, Massachusetts, Sara Borshay Scolnick of New Albany, Ohio, Andrew Sneed and Shannon Sneed, both of Waco, Texas, and 7 great-grandchildren; niece Dale Julian-Bierce (husband Rick), grand-nieces Molly and Jamie Bierce, all of Sparta, New Jersey, nephew Tom Julian, and former daughter-in-law Kim Thompson Borshay of Bedford, Massachusetts.
Evelyn was my across the street neighbor! Wonderful person. Great sugared nuts at Christmas. She was always optimistic and full of life, ready for the next adventure. I missed her when she moved away to the Towers, but saw her when my choir ( Young at Heart) sang at her residence. Just recently I was able to see Bonnie and Evelyn as they made a “drive through” our old neighborhood before leaving for Texas. So happy I was able to say Goodbye.
Evelyn was my mother’s (Molly Magee) friend. She was cheerful and good-hearted. I know the two of them had a lot of fun together at the Towers.. It’s nice to think that they are together again.
She will be greatly missed here at Finer Cuts Salon. She would come in so happy to see the New items at the salon for sale and of course all of us and to see Jan her stylist that made her look beautiful every week!!! God rest your soul Evelyn we love you!
Lisa, Judy, Susan, Jan, Connie, and Grace.