Wilver Jean (Bean) Svajda, 87, ended her life’s journey on Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2017 at her home where she lived the past 62 years. “Jean,” as her family and friends called her, was born in Evadale, Texas where she was raised and attended grade school. She attended and graduated high school in Buna.
She was preceded in death by her parents William Milam Bean and Ila D'Lisha (Hare) Bean, her husband Vladimir Frank (Ladgie) Svajda (Sealy), her brother Frank Bean (Beaumont) and sister Willie (Bean) Wright (Evadale), and her second husband Myles G. Schutte (Sealy).
She is survived by her son Michael Hardie-Svajda (Austin), her daughter Ann (Svajda) Sosa (San Antonio), her granddaughter Myla Hardie-Svajda (Los Angeles, Calif.), her son-in-law Ricardo (Che) Sosa (San Antonio), and Ricardo’s nephew Jorge “George” Herrera (San Antonio) who is an honored member of the family.
Jean met the love of her life Ladgie Svajda in Silsbee, where he worked as a bookkeeper. They were married six months later and lived in Silsbee for a year before moving to Sealy where Ladgie was offered a job with the Sealy School District. She supported her husband Ladgie in his work as an educator and administrator in Sealy for many years. He taught her bookkeeping and she kept the books and worked as Secretary for Koy Concrete until her retirement.
Jean had a lot of energy and always stayed busy. She loved decorating her home and working in her yard and garden. She was known and admired for her back yard in particular where she kept an impressive array of plants and trees to accentuate her large brick patio. She derived great pleasure from the various species of birds that would come to bathe and drink in her bird bath and fountain.
She had a love of music. As a teenager she played guitar and piano and sang at parties with a school friend of hers. Her son became a professional musician learning to sing harmony at his Mother’s knee as she played songs from the American Standard songbook. She had a large collection of records, CDs, and tapes that she played often. She especially liked the music of the ’40s. One of her favorites was Glen Miller. She also loved Mariachi music and would always ask them to play a song when she was in a restaurant with live musicians.
Jean was also well traveled. She was able to see most of the continental United States. She traveled to Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Vancouver, Montreal, and the coast of Alaska by ship. She traveled as long as her health permitted.
She loved to dress well. She had an elegant way of buying unique dresses and matching them with jewelry and accessories. She also had a special love of the Christmas holidays and had her tree up and decorated very early in the season so she could get maximum enjoyment of her favorite time of year.
She will be greatly missed by the people whose lives she touched. The family asks that you simply remember her in your prayers and with a smile. That is the way she would have wanted it. And it is the way we will always remember her.
Visitation was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Knesek Funeral Home 768 Fourth St., Sealy, Texas. Immediately following at 11 a.m. will be a memorial service and cemetery service.