Beverly Hudec completed her earthly journey on April 1st, in the company of her loving son, Michael, at his home in Brighton, Colorado. In her time here, she made the world a better place for everyone she met. She was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, and an aunt. She was born July 11, 1936, the second bright and beautiful daughter of Henry “Spud” Schalo and Esther Ida (Vollbrecht) Schalo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her big sister, Donna, was her best friend and lifelong companion. During their childhood the family moved to Illinois, first to Chicago and then to York Center, where they attended Trinity Lutheran School and York High School. Beverly graduated in 1954 and entered the work-a-day world, ending up at Hudec Oldsmobile in Chicago. There she caught the eye of the boss, Wayne Hudec, who only needed to outmaneuver only one rival suitor, also an employee, to capture her attention. They were married in August of 1958.
They bought a home and settled down in Morton Grove, Illinois. Bev and Wayne were very happy, and outstanding aunt and uncle, helping Donna and her husband Ellsworth with their 3 daughters, Cathi, Vicki, and Janet. On April 8, 1966, they brought their son, Mike, into the world and their family was complete. Life was full and Bev got involved serving her community in many ways, including: the Morton Grove Women’s Club, the Annual Philanthropy Luncheon, the Garden Club, and the Literary Group. They were active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenview, where Bev served on the Church Circle and Alter Guild. In her spare time, she enjoyed: bowling, golf, needlepoint, cross stich, quilting, ceramics, and other crafts, and tap dancing at the Palladium. She also loved making things for people. No one in the family ever celebrated Christmas without a stocking hand made by Bev. The sweaters she knitted for nieces and grand nieces and nephews are still being warn by a new generation of treasured family members.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Spud and Esther, her husband, Wayne, her sister, Donna, and her husband Ells. She is survived by her son Mike, nieces: Cathleen (joe) Gerlach, Victoria Nicholson, and Janet Mattlin, six nephews: Alan, Aaron, Spencer, Kurt, Benjamin, and Alex; and 3 nieces: Monika, Cheryl, and Violet; 3 grandnephews: Eliot, Sebastian, and Lucas; and 3 grandnieces: Stella, Lucy, and Evelyn; and one more grandbaby on the way. Of course, she was greatly loved by all. After all, she was our Aunt Bev.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Beverly’s name be sent to the BrightFocus Foundation, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871. Visitation at Simkins Funeral Home 6251 Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL Wednesday April 20th, 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service Thursday April 21st 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2328 Central St. Glenview, IL. Interment will be held privately at Ridgewood Cemetery.