Laura Evelyn Budil
Laura Evelyn Budil, 95, of Hackensack, died peacefully Dec. 3, 2012, at her home surrounded by love.
Laura was born Jan. 21, 1917, near Lewiston, Minn., to Emil and Sophia (Burfeind) Steuernagel. She attended and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Lewiston and graduated from the Lewiston High School. Laura became a beautician and worked in Winona, Minn. She then boarded a bus for Chicago with a suitcase in one hand and her bowling ball in the other. She was signed up for a bowling league in Chicago before she had found a job or a place to live. While in Chicago, Laura met and married her dear husband, Frank Budil, on March 31, 1962. Laura and Frank moved to Hackensack, Minn., in the 1970s, where Frank worked until his retirement.
Laura quickly became an active member of the community. She volunteered as a hairdresser at Ah-gwah-Ching, as a driver for seniors and as an active member of the Hackensack Senior Center. Laura loved to cook and bake. She made many gallons of homemade sauerkraut and pickled beets. Laura was best known as the beloved “Pancake Lady” for the Lions Club breakfasts. For 35 years, Laura made gallons of pancake batter from her special recipe. Laura was one of the first two female members of the Lions.
Laura loved her two “weiner” dogs and often house sat for a multitude of friends and their pets. She loved playing cards with her friends. Until recently, she was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran. She loved her Lord.
Laura was a dearly beloved member of the Hackensack community, and she blessed many, many lives with her vibrant and unique spirit. She will be greatly missed!
Laura’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the special caregivers, Mary Parrish, Jan Bedel and Jerry Bryant, who daily surrounded Laura with loving care.
Memorials are preferred to the Hackensack Senior Center or St. Paul’s Church.
Laura is survived by her brother, Eldon (Gladys) Steuernagel, six nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; and two brothers, George and Oscar.
Services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hackensack. Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.