Eva Mae Vilhauer


March 15, 2023

The funeral service for Eva Mae Vilhauer, 95, of Aberdeen, was at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, Aberdeen with Pastors Gilbert and Alton Vilhauer officiating. Burial at the Bowdle City Cemetery.

Eva died Saturday, March 4, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.

Eva Mae Besler was born May 11, 1927, to Sam and Magdalene (Rosin) Besler on their farm 12 miles southwest of Bison in Perkins County. She attended rural school in that area. Being the second oldest of 14 children, she was needed at home.

On June 11, 1957, Eva married Calvin Vilhauer in Bowdle. Together, they made their home on a farm 15 miles northeast of Hosmer. They lived in Hosmer until they moved to Ipswich in 1991; and finally Aberdeen in 2009.

Eva was a quiet but concerned lady. She was a hard worker who was strong-willed, independent, and very committed to her family. She was a member of Landmark Gospel Church. She often prayed and had a very strong faith. She loved singing and listening to praise songs and reading or listening to scripture. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Grateful for having shared Eva's life are her children, Violet Vilhauer, Gilbert (Kay) Vilhauer, and Alton (Tonya) Vilhauer; grandchildren, Anthony Vilhauer, Sarah Vilhauer (Steve Tabara), Celeste (Jacob) Smith, Ashley Vilhauer, Caleb (Jessalyn) Vilhauer; great-grandchildren: Jacob Smith and Aiesha Smith; and siblings, David Besler, Marvin (Alice) Besler, Ervin (Kathleen) Besler, Samuel Besler, Arthur (Alice) Besler, Herbert Besler, Ernest (Verna) Besler, Richard Besler, and Martha Skinner.

Preceding Eva in death are her parents; husband; daughter, Lorraine; grandson, Sheldon Vilhauer; sisters, Emma in infancy, Edna Roth, Helen Fogelquist, and Mary Oyler; and brother, Gottlieb Besler.

Arrangements by Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, Aberdeen. Online obituary at http://www.spitzerfuneralhome. com .


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