I just read the obituary of Evelyn Marie Kutach Stavinoha, my childhood friend. February 16, 1945 - May 20, 2017
Evelyn Kutach and I were both born in Wharton, Texas. I was born about 6 weeks before she was and we grew up living just a few miles from each other. Evelyn and I met in elementary school in Iago, probably in first grade, and became best friends. We had lots in common. We were both blondes with fair skin and we were both from big families. I was the youngest and only girl with 5 older brothers. Evelyn had 7 brothers and 4 sisters. We were both raised in the country in hard working families. She was Catholic, as were most of the other Czech families in our area, so we didn't go to church together. Back then we called people of Czech descent, Bohemians. There were lots of "bohemian" families in Wharton County and most were farmers.
Evelyn and I remained good friends up until high school. I got very involved in the band, became a twirler, was active in FHA and got a steady boyfriend. I guess we just had different interests. I'm not sure why, but we didn't keep our close friendship and at some point in high school, Evelyn dropped out of school, I think, because she didn't graduate with us. I never saw her again. I heard later that she married and lived near Wallis. After I married and moved to College Station, we went through Wallis often and many times I thought of her and wished I could see her.
I read her obituary and realized that even in adulthood, we still had lots in common. She liked to pick up pecans and work in her yard. She loved to travel and make people laugh. Her husband of many years passed away last year and she was grieving the loss. This made me sad to think that we didn't make the effort to stay connected. We were such good friends growing up and we could have remained good friends as adults.